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Why psychological flexibility is an important skill in agile organizations

Emma Labrador

The largest world conference about science and organizational change is coming back on November 6. Laurent Alt, renowned agile expert is giving a conference about psychological flexibility and its importance in agile organizations. In this article, we introduce this concept and why it resonates with Agilitest.

How contextual behavioral science can map with agile practices

 Behavioral science has evolved a lot these last few years and it has put psychological flexibility as the core of modern approaches. Psychological behavior is not trying to simply change behaviors and mindsets via rewards, or targeting some ideal state of happiness, but it’s rather focusing on how people and groups better experience change and adapt to it, while following their personal values.

Contextual Behavioral Science relies on 3 core concepts: values, action and reflection (mindfulness). It turns out that there is an interesting similarity with the agile concept, where value, delivery and retrospectives are the core fondations.

Agile experts use psychological flexibility

A few agile leaders have integrated this approach in their work methodology. Laurent Alt, expert in agile transformations and Associate Director at BCG, is one of them.

Laurent Alt has a strong track record when it comes to help companies adopt the agile methodology - in software and consulting positions, and covering various industries (automotive, aerospace, media, fashion, etc...). Working at BCG, he advises companies in their global transformation towards agility at scale. He has a pragmatic approach to help leadership adopt agile, at each level of the organization, understand what it means for each function, learn new roles, behaviors and mindset, and create sustainable change based on engagement and motivation.

Laurent will be speaking about this skill and how it can be trained for agile leaders at the Enterprise Agile World Conference on November 6 at 10am. You can get more details about his conference here.

You can also listen to his very last podcast where he shared his experience with behavioral science and talked about new ways and approaches for leaders to manage change. He also provided some recommendations for change practitioners who are struggling to maintain momentum.

Enterprise Agile World Conference: where agility, organizational change and science meet

For many years, organizational change events have focused on frameworks, classic agility or business agility. This non-profit event believes that the future of companies also requires a scientific understanding of how to help people embrace exponential change, new practices, new ideas for leaders to improve their business results, and new and solid foundations to mindset changes. The event gathers neuroscientists, organizational psychologists, thought leaders and change practitioners for 24 hours of worldwide and live conferences.  

To register or learn more about the conference, please visit their website.

Agilitest encourages psychological flexibility

Companies and organizations that are open to challenge how their teams collaborate and what methodology and tools they use for project development easily empower flexibility.   

In a context where Agile teams and DevOps integration are becoming the norm, Agilitest provides all software testers – whether they are domain or functional experts – with an intuitive and robust way to create, maintain and execute automated functional tests

Agilitest’ clients are a strong example of psychological flexibility. Integrating a new approach to functional test automation requires openness and support for change management. And modern organizations need to encourage adaptability and new paradigms.  

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Emma Labrador
Emma Labrador

Emma is CMO at Agilitest and has 6+ years experience in the tech industry where she worked on digital marketing and brand campaigns.

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