• Liked Vinod Kumaar R

    Build it like sports teams

    Vinod Kumaar R
    Vinod Kumaar R
    schedule 2 years ago
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    20 mins

    Is it easy to get a crash course in football by Pele or Maradona for a week and produce a world cup winning football team?

    Answer is NO. Then why do lots of people in the corporate world think of hiring scrum trainers & expert developers to train their team for a week and then expect their team to undergo a transformation at a magical scale?

    German football team made it a point to transform their team and it took them a lots of years before they were able to reach the pinnacle. A quick side by side comparison of what is causing agile transformation to fail.


    Football: Someone was there owning this entire transformation, the German football association spent a lot of time identifying talent in their teens and groomed them.

    Office: In the corporate world switching jobs every few years have become common, but there is no passing on of the context, resulting in the new person taking charge, starting from all over again, as well as frustrating existing good performers who have to rebuild the perception.


    Football: Players expecting state of the art training facilities, fitness programs and new shoes are not a luxury, it is a necessity.

    Office: Computers have become so cheap compared to the salaries, yet the policy of providing the best tools and good work environment are archaic.

    Coach vs Management

    Football: Coaches are given their due powers to help the team achieve the goal. It is very easy for anyone to comment on how professionals should play their game, there would be no use adhering to the metrics if the team cannot win. Winning is the only measure for management.

    Office: Often coaches are seen as part of the management or management tries to heavily influence coaching which results in a team which will work either for metrics or to please higher ups without the actual result that it had aimed for.


    Football: Just the ability to kick the ball does not make a footballer. Training will be introduced to increase physical strength & stamina, better mental wellness, injury prevention, tactics and strategy.  A heavy investment is made in the training facilities.

    Office: In the software industry a generation is about 2-3 years. Computer science degrees are nowhere near what is state of the art in the industry. At many places the on boarding process is either very shallow or not up to date with the recent developments, leaving people to learn most of the things hard way. Given too many things to learn and the information overload, this results in inefficient learning and application of knowledge on the job. We need to prepare people to find answers that are not available on Google.

    Team composition

    Football: Rookies don’t learn by watching greats from the bench, instead they play along with the veterans. Every sports team makes sure to have the right composition with a mix of rookies, emerging players and veterans. That is how they sustain a winning team.

    Office: Architects and Leads often do not code or are not part of the team every day, this means that most of the time the team just looks up to for advice or waits for reviews. There should be a good mix of people at all experience level so that there are enough people to try new things, enough people who have mastered few things and enough people who challenge change.

    Above all – Persistence

  • Liked Ahmed Sidky

    The Secret, yet Obvious, Ingredient to Achieving Sustainable Organizational Agility

    Ahmed Sidky
    Ahmed Sidky
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 mins

    Education is a critical component in a sustainable agile transformation. Sustainable agile is realized when people have truly change the way they think – that needs education. If we truly understand that we need to change the mindset of everyone in the organization, including its leaders, then we need a combination of education, coaching and mentoring to successfully equip people with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and execute agile habits. If we think of agile as a process, not a mindset, then we default to training instead of education.

    Training is about the mechanics of how practices are done, such as a template for writing a user story, education will focus on changing the thought process to focus on value and enable the educated to think and decide what works for them and for their team in a given context. That is true agility.

    While we acknowledge our bias towards the learning roadmap published by the International Consortium of Agile (ICAgile.com), we truly believe that it is the most comprehensive roadmap in the agile community that focuses on a common education roadmap for agile and agility and not training on a particular agile methodology. ICAgile has gathered experts from around the world and they have collaborated to define an education roadmap for every discipline needed to change how the organization as a whole works, and provides education as a foundation for sustainable organizational agility. (Focus on people not process, education not training)

    Certifications are a way to give people confidence in the learning and competency of others. Agile certifications should be no different. ICAgile has developed a set of competency based certifications to ensure we keep the focus on Education. 

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