Our Point of View


Change is constant

The world is more connected than ever, blurring boundaries between companies, their customers, and employees.


Competition is fierce

Innovation—and competition—is faster and more frequent.


Agility is required

Meeting evolving market demands and employee expectations requires fast, efficient adaptation.

What is an agile operating model?

An organization is only agile when its operating model is agile.

An agile operating model utilizes smaller, cross-functional teams, reducing bureaucracy to get work done faster. Leaders in organizations that leverage agile operating models have visibility and access to both internal and external skills and expertise, wherever it is. Workstreams within agile operating models look like mission-based projects, with the right people working on the right projects—both aligned with the company’s strategic goals and priorities.

Why does transitioning to an agile operating model matter to your company? The most important work in your company is cross-functional. Increasingly, it also involves both internal and external talent. But organizational silos and ingrained behaviors can stifle collaboration, obstruct opportunities, and result in waste. Business agility, to be effective, must permeate your entire operating model, not just executive leadership.

Key Agile Characteristics


Getting it right is the product of relentless iteration, experimentation, and continuous improvement. Breaking up work into discrete parts is the first step to shorter iterations, increased visibility, and predictable progress.


Relying on testing and real-time user-generated metrics leads to less execution risk than plans and estimates based on assumptions. Time-boxed initiatives enable data-driven feedback and self-correction.


Agile operating models leverage smaller, cross-functional teams who surface feedback early and often from internal and external stakeholders. Defining specific roles and accountabilities is key to success.

Unlock your organization’s potential

Expert Working
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agile organizations make decisions 3x faster than non-agile organizations.

McKinsey Organization Practice, Leading agile transformation: The new capabilities leaders need to built 21st century organizations, McKinsey, October 2018

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"fast" talent reallocators are 2.2x more likely to outperform competitors on total returns to shareholders (TRS) than slow talent reallocators.

Mike Barriere, Miriam Owens, and Sarah Pobereskin, “Linking talent to value,” McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey, April 2018

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Transition to an agile operating model

Catalant can help your organization accelerate innovation, rapidly adapt to volatile demands, and increase operational efficiencies.

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