Why it’s important to understand that agile is radically different to what went before

  • Explain why it’s essential for the organisation to adopt agile methods;
  • Explain why agile is radically different, so people not directly involved in delivery can see more clearly the need for change;
  • Acknowledge the friction caused by introducing a radical new way of working;
  • Reassure people that nobody is at fault — friction is to be expected when the organisation is making a radical change like this;
  • Let everyone know that you need to revisit processes and ways of working outside delivery teams as these may not enable agile delivery and indeed may frustrate agile delivery and negate the benefits the organisation is looking for;
  • Explain that agile teams will also adapt to reduce friction — although not in ways that significantly reduce agility; Agile teams and Enabling Function teams should work together to co-design new processes and ways-of-working that are better suited to the new environment.
  • Note that adaptation is an on-going process — as you learn more about working together you should continue to adapt together in light of that learning. You shouldn’t expect to get things right first time;
  • Empower people and give them support — including time & money — to adapt to the new ways of working (and thinking).

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Freelance Agile Coach | Interim Manager | Agile Programme or Project Manager. Conference Organiser. Improver.

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Mark Dalgarno

Mark Dalgarno

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Freelance Agile Coach | Interim Manager | Agile Programme or Project Manager. Conference Organiser. Improver.