“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
I’ve had this Einstein quote rattling around in my head for a few days…and I keep ruminating on the agile transformations I’ve been part of/privvy to. It seems to me that one of the big repeating stumbling blocks that I’ve encountered is:
- organization decides to transform to agile delivery
- organization spins up a project to do so
- org staffs project team with their brightest waterfall minds (under the guise of maximizing odds of success)
- project team very quickly begins working like they’re running a project (metrics in a tool, status reports, public naming/shaming)
- teams become disillusioned/demotivated as they thought “this time will be different…”
I’m starting to theorize that the best way to maximize your transformation success is to:
- Hire an outside resource to be the head of your transformation (externally, with a healthy CV of proof of being agile, not just doing)
- Said resource should be empowered to build a team of like-minded practitioners to help increase the odds of success (external hires preferable)
- Said team should be empowered verbally(and LOUDLY)/visually by Leadership to do whatever they have to in order to “get it done”, and that message should be cascaded down to the middle mgmt layers as well. Maybe throw in the 3 F’s in that message (Front, Follow, or F**K out the way).
This is a very unrefined take, as it came from a ruminating session yesterday, but I wanted to throw it out there and see what people’s thoughts are…same situations? same observances? am I completely off?