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LACE: Keeping A Transformation Together

In SAFe Distilled 5.0: Achieving Business Agility With Scaled Agile Framework, authors Richard Knaster and Dean Leffingwell, describe a Lean-Agile Centre of Excellence (LACE) as having the potential to be “a powerful and persistent force in both achieving the transformation and fostering relentless improvement.” Knaster and Leffingwell express that the roles of the Lean-Agile Centre of Excellence are as below:

• Communicating the business need for SAFe

• Integrating SAFe practices

• Fostering communities of practice

• Creating alignment around organizational changes

• Providing coaching and training to ART stakeholders and teams

• Establishing objective metrics

• Facilitating value stream identification workshop

A recent company in the spotlight for exactly this is The Adani Group, who own the airport holding company Adani Airport Holdings Ltd, and Mumbai International Airport Limited. They, as of July 20th 2021, are largest private port operator; accounting for over 25 percent of the cargo movements in India.

This group recently announced changes to the staff, with several members at the top end of the group being jostled from one role to another amidst their transformation into agile practice. For example, as explained by Mint, Manoj Katar, the chief operating officer of Dahej port, was appointed the role of head of operations at Mumbai International Airport Limited. His predecessor, Prabhat Mahapatra, will henceforth assume the newly created role of head operations at the Centre of Excellence.

In an interview with Forbes, it was expressed by Mahapratra’s colleague, Malay Mahadevia, the newly appointed chief executive officer of Adani Airport Holdings Ltd., that “the Adani Group’s airport expansion strategy aims to join India’s biggest cities in a hub-and-spoke model [a business structure where multiple investments are managed by different individuals, the assets pooled together under one name]. This also means it will remain interested in more opportunities in the airport business wherever it allows us to add economic value that better bridges India’s urban and rural sectors.”

This means that Mahapratra has a great volume of responsibility upon him, but was likely appointed to this role due to his successes as the head of operations at Mumbai International Airport Limited. Pre-existing experience is a great asset to have, especially when entering a role of this gravity. In a report by The Free Press, it was stated that Mahapratra’s work alongside the rest of the Centre of Excellence, will be moving towards strengthening and further augmenting the aero operation capabilities across all airports of Adani Airport Holdings Ltd.

When asked to explain the reasoning behind the sudden number of shifts in positions throughout the organisation, the Adani Group told Mint, “We believe this decision will foster collaborative working and agile decision making, which is of paramount importance at this stage of our journey."

Dr John Kotter said that establishing a ‘vision for change’ is a primary responsibility of leadership. In making such significant changes, the Adani Group have certainly demonstrated that they believe that the changes they are making are apt, and significant when on this journey of agile transformation.

Based in London, U.K., and founded in 2016 by Arvind Mishra The Agile Works (, is an up-and-coming recruitment and Agile consulting company. Arvind is a Certified SAFe SPC and regularly delivers both private and public SAFe certification workshops.

He is a design thinking expert, Sr. enterprise, portfolio Agile Coach with over a decade of experience working as an Agile coach in diverse industries such as banking, pharma, retail, auto, oil, gas, consulting and government.

The Agile Works; a small team of three strive to help shape the leadership's mind-set and values in readiness for their business transformation journey challenges. With Arvind at the helm, we strive to provide you with the agility tools to make your company that can thrive, and not just survive.

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