The End is Nigh! Signs of Transformation Apocalypse

How can an Agile Coach figure out when an Agile “Transformation” is going wrong? Are there signs that they might see, heed, and take action upon? Of course, there are!

Hindsight is 20/20, but in the moment, these warning signs can be hard to see. Let’s explore some of the more common, and frightening, warning signs that your Agile “Transformation” might be exhibiting. We will discuss transformation provider types, frameworks, keywords, and other anti-patterns that might be signs that THE END IS NIGH.

This session will review common themes and help familiarize you with the warning signs. Armed with this new knowledge, you will be able to plan as appropriate, to help navigate your organization through potential impending doom.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

5' - Introduction
40’ – Review the warning signs
The Iron Triangle Transformation
The “Agency” provider
The “Large Consultancy” provider
Frameworks that are “Cool”
Keywords “Squad” “Tribe” “Guild”
Keyword “Spotify”
Frameworks that are “Enterprise”
Keyword “Train”
Keyword “SAFe”
A mass redundancy or layoff
Coach isolation
A Scrum “Transformation” team
A Waterfall Agile “Transformation”
A traditional PM on the “Transformation” team
Keyword “Transformation”
Gantt chart
“Transformation” reports
Risks, escalations, warnings are ignored
What happens next?
5' - Conclusion
Remainder of total timebox - Q&A, approx 10'

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn that Agile Transformations have some consistent warning sign themes.
Attendees will learn to identify common warning signs.
Attendees will learn what happens after warning signs are escalated.

Target Audience

Agile Executives, Agile Sponsors, Agile Coaches

Prerequisites for Attendees


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