Creating an approach for change is difficult. There is a fine line between imposing an Agile adoption and creating a Transformation where people are collaboratively working together for the change. Based on my experience and in large US Federal Government organizations where imposed adoptions seem the norm, I’ve been working on combining many concepts into a transformation model that can work for large organizations that have ingrained cultures. This starts by helping the organization’s people take ownership and personalize what Agile means to them. Believe it or not, this can work.

Intended for senior executives and their immediate staff (and the coaches that help them), the Taking Flight approach presents the importance of culture and how creating an organizational aspiration will help guide people. For large organizations, culture has been built up over decades and changing this is of the utmost importance to have an Agile Adoption stick. There are 3 main points I’ll address:
- how to get people ‘onboard’ with a cohesive direction that they accept by collaboratively building their aspiration
- how to develop and select strategies for incremental improvement towards the aspiration
- how to realize changing from old routines into new ones aligned with the aspiration

To help establish cohesive direction, I use an Aspirational model (your Guiding Star) to help organizations develop the direction they want to go. I show how the differences between an Aspirational model and an End-State. I explain that aspirations are inspiring and allow for a mindset change by not expressing the final state in terms of structure our expected metrics. From there, I discuss different techniques for assessing the current state of the organization and its people and developing strategies and actions for the necessary change management to move towards the organizational Aspiration; this is where the concrete steps come into play. Throughout this portion, I have the group try out various techniques for building an aspirational model and how to build the backlog of work to undertake the transformation. I introduce the Power of Habit as a means to help the organization undergo the necessary behavior changes. I close with a discussion to help the audience think around limiting change-in-progress and how to grow capacity to become more responsive to change.

In this, you’ll get exposed to a few of many hands-on techniques that can be used to develop your Aspiration and execute on it. These are:

  • KrisMap
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Habit Loops
 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This talk follows the following outline:

The importance of Culture & Helpful Cultural Models

Differences Between an Aspiration & an End-State 

The Approach used in Taking Flight

  • Org Transition Model
  • Power of Habit
  • Habits - to -> Causal Loops

Manage the Change

  • Satir Change Curve
  • Change Capacity
  • Hidden Assumptions/Biases

Close/Q&A

Learning Outcome

This session focuses on the helping people understand the following important aspects for transforming your organization to one of Agility:

  • The role of culture and the use of cultural models to inform how a strategy needs to be put in place.
  • Understanding how to identify and approach changing organizational habits to improve effectiveness.
  • Cognizance of how to improve an organization's capacity for change.

This session is rooted in iterative organizational change based on sociological and anthropological factors. 

Target Audience

Executives, Change Agents, Managers, Leaders, Coaches

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  • Paul Boos
    By Paul Boos  ~  2 years ago
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    Thanks for the support! For others dropping by and the organizers, this will be an update as I'm constantly finding new techniques.

    cheers,

    Paul

  • John Hughes
    By John Hughes  ~  2 years ago
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    I am a big fan of Paul's.  I have seen his organizational transformation first hand and know his experience will serve well in facilitating this session.

  • Dante Vilardi
    By Dante Vilardi  ~  2 years ago
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    I'm sure this will be a great talk.


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