Kavita Sawant - What does it take to cultivate an Agile Growth Mindset as part of the Organization Culture ?

What is the background situation/context for your probe?

Agile is more of a Mindset and Behavior. For any organization to be truly Agile, one needs to imbibe the Agile behaviors in the culture of the organization. With this as a context, we have tried out couple of experiments at my organization to see how Agile can be ingrained in the mindset.

What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

The hypothesis for this premise is that change agents can drive change initially. The early adopters can be targeted first for the Agile mindset change. However sustaining the changed behavior across all teams is something that needs to be done differently. Practices need to be established at organization level so that Agile mindset becomes the default DNA of the organization.

What is the experiment you would like to run (or you have run) and how can this experiment validate or invalidate your hypothesis?

There are couple of practical experiments that we have tried at our organization.
1. Lean Chai sessions - Roughly based on the popular Lean Coffee approach - however rather than being open ended, these are focused group forums. We have had a lot of learnings while setting up these sessions in terms of cadence, audience, topics , etc. Having tried this for more than 2 years - we have now come up with a sustainable approach to bring in the continuous  learning and sharing mindset across Agile teams.
2. Book Club Meet - Another innovative experiment tried and working successfully at team level. We are yet to scale this at organization level. However the idea is to use Mind maps as a tool and spread learning/knowledge via books.
3. Yearly Agile Day event - This is run as a yearly event in our organization in first week of December. We recently completed the 3rd edition of Agile Day in Dec 2019. We see this as an innovative way to ingrain the Agile Mindset within the organization.

Is there a specific skill/technique you would like to learn/explore at this coach camp?

Once teams undergo Agile transformation from a process perspective,  the most difficult part is to sustain the Agile mindset. I would like to explore how other coaches have run different experiments specifically to sustain the Agile mindset across teams. 

Call for Papers CLOSED
Ended on Jan 25 '20 05:29 AM IST

Interested in attending the Agile Coach Camp on Oct 11th in Bengaluru? Read on...

It's been 12 Years and almost 110 viral Agile Coach Camps since our very first coach camp experiment. This year, Coach Camp co-creator Naresh Jain along with Jutta Eckstein and John Buck will lead participants in this Coach Camp in Bangalore, organized as part of the Agile India 2020 Conference.

Coach Camp Theme

As a coach, you're often the one who needs to drive and sustain change. Yet, how do you do this? What has helped and hindered you doing so and how can you best pass your experience on to other coaches or how can you best learn from other coaches?

This is the theme for this year's coach camp. To tackle this challenge, we invite you to try something new:

  • Currently, we face the following situation: Constantly driving change is getting more and more important for companies to survive in this VUCA world. At the same time, it is (or should be) the core skill of every coach – no matter if you coach individuals, teams, or organisations. However, sometimes it seems every coach has to come up with her own experience on how to drive change successfully.
  • Our hypothesis is that for driving change, every coach uses so-called probes, that are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory. So, probing allows discovering (based on the hypothesis) what's working and what is not through one or several experiments. This allows to make sense of both the current situation but even more important of the situation we are aiming for. And if we create a knowledge base of our collective wisdom on probes we used (or intend to use) we can learn from each other.
  • Therefore, as an experiment we want to invite this year's coach camp participants to jointly discover, share, create, improve, and finally publish probes that help(ed) driving and sustaining change. As in a typical coach camp, we will use the Open Space format to explore different topics for driving change and we invite you to use probes to focus the discussions on these different topics. We anticipate as a result that the discovered and created probes will provide a foundation for such a knowledge base.

Registering for the Coach Camp

The coach camp is free of charge (financially) yet, for registration we ask you for the following:

  • Please click on the Add Paper button and submit your position paper. In your position paper, you will be asked to share an idea for a probe, consisting of a background situation (context), a hypothesis, and an experiment. This can be a probe you've implemented before, one you've discovered/heard of others implementing it, or you intend to implement. The probe should focus on the coach camp's theme: Driving Change.
  • The discussed probes provide a basis for a free and publicly accessible knowledge base.

Final Note

Please note, we want to invite you to use probes for the discussion and recording of the Open Space sessions. This is by no means an enforcement. We are well aware that there might be situations where probes are not the right means for discussing or/and recording a particular topic - and that is of course fine. After all, using probes for this coach camp is a probe in itself (and we are open to possibly invalidate our hypothesis.)