Cargo Cult Agile

Too often, enterprises approach Agile Transformation as a series of tactical measures rather than focusing on the necessary mindset shift.

During WWII, Pacific islanders welcomed the Allies who bestowed precious cargo on them when they set up bases on their remote islands. When the war ended and the bases were left behind, the islanders established "Cargo Cults" in an effort to lure the cargo back by building imitation planes on the abandoned airstrips.

Decision-makers who believe that hiring a few Scrum Masters and implementing a Scrum cadence without tackling the underlying organizational debt can lead tham to the Agile promised land have fallen prey to a similar delusion.

This talk aims to articulate some of the pitfalls, and to identify some of the strategic changes that are necessary ingredients in a successful Agile transformation.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Enterprise Transformation
  • Tactics
  • Sources of friction and other pitfalls
  • Essential Agile fundamentals
  • Leadership and Business Agility
  • A quick guide to moving beyond the Cargo Cult

Learning Outcome

Participants will:

  1. Better understand the risks associated with a tactical approach to Agile transformation
  2. Have a clearer understanding of why this pattern emerges
  3. Have some new approaches to avoid "Cargo Cult Agile" in their organizations

Target Audience

Enterprise leaders, coaches and anyone else with a mandate for transformation.

Prerequisites for Attendees

  • Familiar with Agile principles
  • Some exposure to enterprise transformation
schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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