Agile Transformation—It’s About the PeopleAlan Zucker
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The Agile Manifesto declared independence from constraining, process-centric software development methodologies. The Manifesto advocated for a product-focused, team-centric approach. Organizations embracing Agile must remember that people are the key to its success.
Agile represents a culture transformation as well as a new way of working. Some organizations may struggle with the transformation. They are accustomed to carefully implementing a rule-based methodology, rather than a value-based set of principles.
There is no single path to becoming Agile or sustaining its accomplishments. Here are some recommendations for the journey:
- Embrace Enthusiasts, Avoid Purists
Organizations adopting Agile need ardent enthusiasts to support the transformation. The enthusiasts should be knowledgeable and experienced practitioners who can bear witness to its benefits.
- Manage the Organizational Change
An Agile transformation is a significant organizational and cultural change. The change will threaten power structures and disrupt established business relationships. Many employees will initially be skeptical or, at worst, resist these changes. Consequently, Agile transformations should be thoughtfully planned and executed. Simply declaring that "we are now Agile" will not work.
- Focus on People Over Process and Tools
The Agile Manifesto declares that people and collaboration should be valued over tools and processes. Agile fundamentally puts people at the center of the software development process.
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