Successful Agile transformations are cultural transformations where the ‘doing agile’ comes from ‘being agile’. Transformations are qualitative experiences which are notoriously difficult to measure and track without getting into comparisons. And we all know when you compare agile teams using metrics everyone loses.

We here in Capital One Commercial Bank took a unique approach to the opportunity. We decided that we are not going to have a transformation goal but multiple self-identified transformation goals for each team and organization.

We feel we have an approach that meets each team where they are on their agile journey and lets them identify their own path forward. And as agile coaching partners, we provide guidance along the way. To this end, we guide the teams through a self-assessment that help them identify opportunities across the following five categories.

 

  1. Sustainability – Core agile behaviors around prescribed Scrum and Kanban practices.  Maturity in scrum ceremonies, planning, and impediments
  2. Value Delivery – Teams understanding of customer, product roadmap, features and priority
  3. Scaled Agile –Behaviors observed around PI planning, clarity post PI planning and planning across teams
  4. Culture – Behaviors teams experience from leadership around clarity of roles and agile transformation objectives
  5. Technical Health – Behaviors around tech debt, architecture, test automation and CI/CD

The approach is nonjudgmental and does not focus on roles or people but focuses on the agile experience felt by each agile team member. Teams/Organizations then choose for themselves with a little guidance what are their transformation goals and as coaching partners, we help them achieve it. We assess the organization again after a fixed period of time and look for measurable improvement in experiences. Based on new and historic data we help modify or change the transformation goals and pursue it with them.

In our experience, the transformation when presented this way becomes an opportunity and not a burden. We strongly believe that the transformation is everyone's responsibility and that everyone wants to be the best.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction to the idea of non-judgemental self-assessment
    • How to measure oneself and one's own organization
  • Creating a unique transformation journey map
    • Incremental agile journey
  • Rinse and repeat
  • Real life data and case study shared

 

Learning Outcome

How to structure a transformation journey

Target Audience

Leaders curious about transforming their organization organically without a enforcing rules and 'copy exact' strategies.

Prerequisite

Anyone

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