Are We There Yet? Reconnecting to the Humanity of Agile Transformations

Exhaustion. Numbness. Emptiness. As Agilists, all too often we are seeing teams, organizations, and people that have been transforming for a very long time, and many feel like they have no end in site. Where they were first excited about transformation and trying something new, they are now wanting to be left alone for a hot minute. Transformation isn't something to be completed but rather endured.

In this session, Erin and Yogita will help you to understand what transformation exhaustion is and how to recognize it. We'll also help you to develop--and practice!--ways to show teams their transformation progress as well as how to connect and reconnect with teams. You may have entered the session tired and footsore, but you will leave with new ideas and insight on how to transform your agile transformation.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop/Game

  1. Welcome/Purpose/Outcomes/Learning Objectives (5 min)
  2. Symptoms of Transformation Exhaustion (5 minutes)
    1. What does it look like?
    2. How will it present?
    3. Why is this a concern?
  3. Reconnect (30 minutes)
    1. Step back into human connection
      1. “Bring calm into the motion and commotion of the world”
      2. How do people feel heard?
      3. Practice: modeling deep listening
    2. Ownership Language
      1. What is it?
      2. Connection Toxicity
      3. Practice: Verbal diatribes vs. ownership language
    3. Show Me the Money
      1. Why visuals of transformation progress are essential
      2. Step into the positive (5:1 ratio)
      3. Practice: Seeing the glass as half full
  4. Takeaways (5 minutes)
    1. Prompts from Erin and Yogita:
      1. What was it like when…?
      2. What came up for you when…?
      3. How will you act differently when….?
  5. Close/Q&A

Learning Outcome

  • Understand what transformation exhaustion is and how to recognize it
  • Develop new ways to connect and reconnect with people and teams that will combat transformation exhaustion
  • Learn what visualizations will help people to see their progress and change their transformation perspective

Target Audience

This talk targets Agile practitioners of all skill levels, but particularly those that are involved in long-term transforamtions.


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