Large agile transformation applying Kotter's change leadership strategy
Kotter's change leadership framework was established almost 2 decades back. This paper highlights how the same steps helped a structured, waterfall company to start adopting agility to improve time to market.
That there is a need for a change was understood when we started. We formed a team that created the sense of urgency.
We established a common vision ... a simple & easily understandable one.
We created a framework which can help people understand what does agility means. The framework was created keeping the existing constraints & process (CMMi-5) in mind.
We worked with an existing team to pilot, proved it works, made a case study and then showcased it to other teams to give an example. This answered the FAQ … does it work for me ? This helped other teams to overcome the fear of uncertainty.
This created the bottom-up curiosity acres the organisation, in almost every team. They all had a different question now … how can I apply this ? This started the actual transformation.
Outline/structure of the Session
Want to structure the session in the same sequence as Kotters 8 steps for implementing strategy is explanied.
- Increase Urgency (Demostrating what agile can bring on the table) ...
- Build the team
- Get the vision right
- Communicate for buy-in.
- Empower people to clear obstacles.
- Short term wins.
- Don't let-up - Consolidate, keep moving - build on top of the quick wins.
- Anchor changes (Make the success in-built in the organisation culture).
Approach for agile transformation in a large waterfall company.
Consultants, Project Managers, Program Managers, Sr Managers