Agile Reorgs: A Survival Guide
Reorganizations are notorious for being "a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization" (credit to Charlton Ogburn). Yet in many cases they are necessary to create the cross-functional, self-organizing teams that succeed the most with the agile mindset. Because reorgs are so painful, many teams and organizations are reluctant to look at team structure at all, and the agile journey is over before it even begins. The result? Organizations and teams are siloed, hierarchical, and process-heavy. If an organization is structured right, it can create fertile ground for a truly agile enterprise. This talk will outline how to approach reorgs for agile teams and minimize the pain using change management techniques.
Outline/structure of the Session
In this short lecture, I will discuss lessons learned from agile transformations to show key success factors in designing agile and organization team structure. Next, I will go through a step-by-step guide of how to handle large-scale agile re-organizations, from concepting to functional models to standing up teams. Finally, I will highlight pitfalls to avoid that are specific to agile reorganizations, such as not considering staff capabilities or investing in change management activities.
As key takeaways, attendees will learn which patterns to look for when evaluating their organization structure's readiness for Agile. They will also have an understanding of approaches to organization design for agile teams, as well as what to avoid as they go through the design process.
Managers, Executives, HR, Enterprise Agile Coaches