Don't waterfall your agile transformation

The stories of agile transformation are many, some funny, some painful, some frustrating, some motivating. It feels like colours of the wind and often I'm inspired to write books about the adventures in change management. 

Very often, when a bunch o friends and colleagues sat together to share camp fire stories of agile transformation, 2 phrases circulate in my retrospection of the many stories. 

From Einstein who said: The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome. 

From Sun Tze who said: know yourself and know your enemy. 

The main challenge is that if you've only known waterfall method, then you are likely to do agile transformation in a waterfall way. How can you know what you don't know and implement that which you are learning to know? And then naturally, you'll fulfil what Einstein said, doing something in the way you know over and over again expecting a different outcome. 

Even agile practitioners are not spared in this trend. It's often easy to recognise software development cycles that are waterfall or agile. But in change, when the impact is team set up, stakeholders management, it's not easy to recognise when you had used waterfall and when it is agile. 

For eg. If in your agile transformation, you have not used a pilot to test assumptions, you've probably don't it waterfall. 

For eg. If in your team set up, you've written the job descriptions by yourself or by your HR, you've probably not used agile in your transformation. 

I'd highlight some blindspots we have, gathering all the camp fire stories from friends and colleagues to share and help us be more aware of it. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

- Agile values in agile transformation, how to apply each one in creating an environment for transformation 

- Extending agile into business and operations for a holistic view on agile

 

Learning Outcome

- Common waterfall methods and how to avoid

- Some good practices

- Going back to agile values

Target Audience

Anyone who are in the midst of agile transformation, thinking of embarking on the journey or have gone through battles with it.

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