One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is the need to respond to ever-increasing volatility. For a variety of reasons, product and technology lifecycles are shortening, competitive pressures force more frequent product changes and consumers demand greater variety than ever before. To meet this challenge the organization needs to achieve greater agility such that it can respond in shorter time-frames both in terms of volume change and variety change. Pareto Lawrence
In other words, it needs to be able to quickly adjust output to match market demand and switch rapidly from one variant to another. Moreover, organizations of interacting elements (supply-chains are one example) can become Agile and increase their responsiveness if they can accommodate a variety of different kinds of change adequately. The paragraphs that follow describe some of the solid strategic requirements for the types of change that need to be accommodated.