5 Beliefs That Predict Enterprise Agile Success

Organizations struggle to adopt Agile practices because their cultures do not encourage or support Agile ways of working. Examining the beliefs of leaders and professionals in organizations can reveal insights about the organization's readiness for change. The five beliefs discussed in this presentation help organizations to have an honest, and often revealing, conversation about why they want to become Agile, and how far they are willing to go to adopt Agile principles, practices, and mindsets. By helping organizations understand what they really value, discussions about beliefs can reveal potential barriers to adopting Agile practices and mindsets. Understanding these barriers is essential to overcoming them and achieving the benefits of Agility.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Why and how Agility challenges the traditional organizational mindset
  2. The 5 Beliefs That Predict Enterprise Agile Success
  3. How Beliefs Can Be Changed
  4. How To Get Started

Learning Outcome

  1. To understand how beliefs and values shape behavior
  2. To understand the beliefs that are essential to Agile success
  3. To understand how to change those beliefs over time
  4. To understand where to start in an Enterprise Agile transformation

Target Audience

Anyone responsible for an Agile transformation initiative, no matter what the scale.

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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  • Balaji.M
    By Balaji.M  ~  8 months ago
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    Hi Kurt,

    Thanks for uploading the slides, but looks like it has access restrictions. I have requested for my e-mail id, would suggest to make it readable for all the people, because there are other reviewers who would like to see the deck. Will go through the deck and come back to you.

    Regards

    Balaji.M

    • Kurt Bittner
      By Kurt Bittner  ~  8 months ago
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      Hi Balaji,

      I granted you access. I also opened up access so that anyone who accesses it through the link I shared will have access. My apologies for the inconvenience.

      Best regards,
      Kurt


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      On Nov 21, 2016, at 7:33 PM, Agile India 2017 <info@confengine.com> wrote:

      Dear Kurt Bittner,

      Your proposal 5 Beliefs That Predict Enterprise Agile Success has received a new comment from balajim

      Hi Kurt,

      Thanks for uploading the slides, but looks like it has access restrictions. I have requested for my e-mail id, would suggest to make it readable for all the people, because there are other reviewers who would like to see the deck. Will go through the deck and come back to you.

      Regards

      Balaji.M


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  • Balaji.M
    By Balaji.M  ~  9 months ago
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the comments, please upload the slide which you are proposing to use during the session. Also, seeing the 5 beliefs, it would be helpful if you can let us know how you would be converting into a workshop mode. I also agree to Tushar's comments on "How to Start", "Where to Start" and "What you need to do the Change" is key/critical for the session to be well accepted.

    Regards

    Balaji.M

    • Kurt Bittner
      By Kurt Bittner  ~  9 months ago
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      I will upload the presentation later today and you will see how it works as a workshop.  In the course of the discussion I will talk about possible ways to change beliefs but they are not in the slides. There are no sure ways to change beliefs. My experience is that change in beliefs has to come from within, but each of the beliefs can be influenced by different facts or events. The most important thing is to be open about where people are about their beliefs.  The worst situation is when someone pretends to support Agile change but secretly resists, maybe for reasons they don’t really understand. Once you and they understand what they believe you can, together, decide whether it is worth the effort to try to change. 


      Kurt Bittner
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      Twitter @ksbittner


      On Nov 19, 2016, at 2:56 AM, Agile India 2017 <info@confengine.com> wrote:

      Dear Kurt Bittner,

      Your proposal 5 Beliefs That Predict Enterprise Agile Success has received a new comment from balajim

      Hi,

      Thanks for the comments, please upload the slide which you are proposing to use during the session. Also, seeing the 5 beliefs, it would be helpful if you can let us know how you would be converting into a workshop mode. I also agree to Tushar's comments on "How to Start", "Where to Start" and "What you need to do the Change" is key/critical for the session to be well accepted.

      Regards

      Balaji.M


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  • Balaji.M
    By Balaji.M  ~  9 months ago
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    Hi,

    Thanks for submitting the proposal, please can you update the submission with

    1) A short video of your previous talks

    2) Any supporting slides which you would be using while presenting. And slides to contain any tools and techniques which you had applied during your coaching assignment.

    3) Is it a powerpoint presentation and only talk or you plan to run in a workshop mode

    Thanks and Regards

    Balaji.M

    • Kurt Bittner
      By Kurt Bittner  ~  9 months ago
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      Regarding the third question: if the audience is less than 30 people I can run it as a workshop, otherwise it will have to be a PowerPoint presentation.  Which would you prefer?  

      I am waiting on a video to be reformatted so that I can respond to question #1. I’ll respond to question #2 at the same time.

      Kurt Bittner
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      On Nov 13, 2016, at 7:22 AM, Agile India 2017 <info@confengine.com> wrote:

      Dear Kurt Bittner,

      Your proposal 5 Beliefs That Predict Enterprise Agile Success has received a new comment from balajim

      Hi,

      Thanks for submitting the proposal, please can you update the submission with

      1) A short video of your previous talks

      2) Any supporting slides which you would be using while presenting. And slides to contain any tools and techniques which you had applied during your coaching assignment.

      3) Is it a powerpoint presentation and only talk or you plan to run in a workshop mode

      Thanks and Regards

      Balaji.M


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  • Tushar Somaiya
    By Tushar Somaiya  ~  9 months ago
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    Read your blog. Good points. Have been spoken about a lot already. I did not see "how to change" and "where to get started" part in your blog though. Did I miss it? If you can elaborate or point me to it. Most of the audience would be keen to know more about it, I guess. 

    • Kurt Bittner
      By Kurt Bittner  ~  9 months ago
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      I haven’t written about the “how to change” etc. part but it starts with exposing the beliefs in the organization, or more specifically, the people associated with the product you are thinking about having adopt an agile approach. Once you expose the beliefs you can discuss them, get the people involved to talk about what they really believe, and how much they really see a need to change. I have found that unless the beliefs change you are wasting your time and you should look at other products. The people involved don’t have to be 100% there, but unless they are partway there and open to the possibility of changing their beliefs, they will never change. If the person is placed in a position of great influence, they will continually undermine any Agile initiative.  In short, the organization needs to fail more using the traditional approach because they are still convinced that it will work.

      In the session I propose I would go deeper into how to run the workshop, how to use it as a way to bring unexamined beliefs out into the open where they can be discussed.  I’ve used this as kind of workshop as a way to help teams and leaders reach better conclusions about why they are pursuing an Agile approach. Maybe it’s not for them, or maybe they are really ready to make the leap. It’s challenging because so many organizations think Agile is, a priori, a good thing. But if they pursue it for the wrong reasons they will end up with something that they call Agile but is really just the same thing they’ve been doing. They’ll fail at this and blame the approach rather than their own ill-conceived adaptation of it.

      Anyway, let me know if you want to pursue the talk or not. 

      Best regards,
      Kurt

      Kurt Bittner
      kurt.bittner@scrum.org
      (m) +1 303 619 0592
      Twitter @ksbittner


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      Dear Kurt Bittner,

      Your proposal 5 Beliefs That Predict Enterprise Agile Success has received a new comment from tushar-somaiya-1

      Read your blog. Good points. Have been spoken about a lot already. I did not see "how to change" and "where to get started" part in your blog though. Did I miss it? If you can elaborate or point me to it. Most of the audience would be keen to know more about it, I guess. 


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