Agile transformation: thinking of change, or change of thinking?
It is simple as that – to form a team of competent people, to create a concept, to implement it. But what about the reality? Reality is often so very distinct to sophisticated concept that has been created. It takes more than having great plan to implement changes – one needs to act. The culture of doing things is unfortunately still taboo for many big enterprises, although it belongs to basic characteristics of good company culture. It is always better to pursue smaller and not perfect plan as to keep rethinking perfect concept for months and never see it working. Think big, but start small – that’s also what Agile is about. Always stand up after fall
We have “a strategic plan”. Is called “let’s do things”.
Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines
If you´re achieving better results, you get a reward. If you fail to reach expected results, you get punished. Sugar and whip. Model that also nowadays persist in some organizations and practically kills any innovation or opportunity to pursue changes. If you seriously want to introduce agile methodologies, you have to admit that failure is a part of a life and that it is natural to regain strength and stand up again. You will be doing mistakes and you´ll do them constantly. But it has to stay your goal to stand up after you fell and learn from your mistakes by reducing their amount. If you accept failure as a part of a life and forward this idea also to your employees, you´ll open a door to new and revolutionary thoughts that may take your organization much further, than you´ve ever dared to think. Just remember, how many mistakes did you do until you reached your current position? Why shouldn´t your employees get the same chance? Living example
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
The most of current successful businesses have at least one leader. A person with clear vision and ability to motivate others with own thoughts, authenticity and opinions, so that employees work as a team. This person must have no official title, nor position to become a leader. Agile transformation is a change of organization that desires leaders. No change can be pursued only by implementing process or defining methodology. In order to live the change and execute it, you need to have leaders in your organization that will manage it on all levels of the company and will be sources of motivation that every employee needs. Do not forget that you expect a lot from your employees. Do therefore expect a lot from yourself too – be living example and define people that will be examples for other employees. Authenticity and integrity are basic elements in order to gain trust of your employees. Resistance is a natural part of change, be prepared for it
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Not being able to fingerpoint, to blame someone for failure. Absolute transparency in where the company, project or even team member is effective. Constant pressure leading to improvement and persistence in doing things. These are high targets continuously taking you and your employees out of your comfortable zone. It is therefore logical that this process produces resistance. But it is important to be aware of this fact and to be prepared for it in the process of transformation. Great defence tools are clear vision, demonstrable real results from pilot projects and of course your leaders that embody given change and keep showing with their behaviour that the change we want to pursue brings its fruit. Not even the best methodology or process will bring expected results without consequent cooperation with your employees and consistent management within planned change. These are the missing links that make processes reflect in company culture and are in the end the real implementation of change. Being aware of this fact can be helpful not only for company management to make process and transformation progress expectations more realistic, but can also help you to focus on really important things. It obviously still is true that “IT is people´s business“
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
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