This is one for discussion. I’ve been talking to a few people dealing with large scale agile implementations. Examples include the Commonwealth Bank, Macquarie Bank, Vodafone etc. The feedback has been interesting and puzzling.
The CEOs and the top levels get agile and want to implement it. The teams want to use it. You have people from the bottom pushing, people from the top supportive and then it hits this wall in the middle and it all goes to hell.
So the question is how do you reach middle management in a transformation? How do we get beyond this state of the middle layer of the organisation acting as a major barrier to the implementation of meaningful change?
Many are rightfully scared of what it means for them. I’ve noticed a tendency to hollow out the middle and things start to get missed. If you have a sufficiently large number of people, and history, some level of organisation is required for things to function.
How can we move that structure to something that actively supports change rather than the status quo?