Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Do We Want An Agile Culture? Agile Leadership

This article presents a quick look at how one can determine if leaders of an organisation really want to Be Agile.

So, as an Agile Coach you have been asked in to discuss Agile Adoption with the leadership of a company.  But how do you know if they really want to Be Agile or is this just another tick box for senior management? Cloud, DevOps, Agile, Open Source etc.

I recently attended the CAL1 [1] course by Michael Sahota [2]. If you have not been on this course you really should go, it was amazing and insightful. On this course Michael provided a Play-Book For Inviting Growth.

I adapted this play-book for determining if the leaders of an organisation really wanted to have an Agile Culture like so:

Culture Play-Book
My simplified version of the play book flow is as follows:
  1. Do you want to Grow your organisation?
  2. If so, why do you want to Grow it?  (Profits? Market share? Innovation?)
  3. Drop the word Agile as it has too many connotations
  4. Raise awareness Externally and Internally of the change coming
  5. Do you want to change Culture? If not then Tactical or Strategic is whats left
  6. If you want Culture change you should orient towards a known Model (Teal, SDi, Sahota's model)
  7. Leaders must Go First on this journey or no one else will
Number three may seem controversial but is Agile really the Goal?

Once we determine that the Goal is not Agile but another leadership reason then we can focus back on the real Goal. This leads us to an diagram from Michael on what is your focus for change?

What Is Your Focus? Micheal Sahota [3]
As we can see from the diagram Tactical and Strategic benefits are at the top, but it is Culture which has the break through results. And Michael's model of what Culture looks like:

Culture Model Micheal Sahota [4]
Finally Leaders must go first. And as we are all leaders in one shape or another we all learned a lot by being one of the first people to go on the CAL1 in the UK.

Here are some photos of my class that learned so much by going first!

Micheal Sahota trains the CAL1
Group Discussion on Culture
The Agile Hand of Stop Talking!
Micheal takes us on another journey of learning!

Which Metrics Work? Go on the CAL1 and find out!
UK Class of Feb 2017 

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