Large-scale Agile and Scrum transformations are in fashion and senior leadership want their enterprises across the land to “be Agile” or at least be seen to “be Agile”. But what does that mean? What are the risks? What does that cost? Agile transformation is an organizational change that is often assumed to be something much less significant or wide-reaching than it actually is.
Agile change and transformation
To achieve true business agility, leaders must not only grow and support self-reliant, cross-functional, self-organizing Scrum teams, they must also change the way their organizations fund and oversee their agile initiatives. They must believe in feedback and allow that feedback to work. However, old measures like “on time” and “within budget” are not useful when markets and customers are constantly changing, potentially resulting in delivering great solutions to problems that no longer exist.
How can you achieve a modern Agile organization? Starting from the description of the version 1.0 and 2.0 of organizations, Zuzi Šochová explains how to transition to a new Agile work organization that relies team and communication more than on individuals.
If videos are one of the modern tools for personal Agile training and Scrum knowledge acquisition, podcasts can also play an important role. Audio-only material is useful in a context where the eyes are already busy, when you commute in your car for instance.
The change required by Agile and Scrum isn’t simple. This talk presents the tools provided for six teams and they were enabled to build the foundations for safe continuous learning themselves. Most people in agile and lean are involved in change somehow.
When an approach or a technology reach the hype level, then every IT solutions provider include it in the description of what it offers. This is today the case for Agile and Scrum in software development. This is why the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) has worked on a document to help US Department of Defense (DoD) agencies to detect Agile bullshit.
Projects have been the main working mode of software development activities since the beginning of computers. According to Allan Kelly, it is however not the best mode to develop software. He fosters the #noproject movement to fight project myopia that he defines as the “belief that the project model is the only way of managing business change and development.”