BIG FISH CHALLENGES: "Are you Ready for Change?"
What is an Agile Transformation for a large organization (Big fish)? How do we get there? Isn’t it about bringing and building a positive change in the culture of Collaboration, Cultivation and competence with less command & control so as to empower people to be energized and innovative? So, goodbye Monday Blues. A positive change in a transformation is typically attributed to organizational culture and mindset which sets the approach of stakeholders towards delivering business value. This also sets a tone of moving away from Agile Adoption to Agile Transformation since the real benefit is in being Agile rather doing Agile. While adopting Agile practices bring silo structured discipline at team level, a change in way of thinking across organization to effectively achieve business objectives helps in being Agile.
In our experience of leading large enterprises in Transformation journey, it starts with observing the use of legacy IT system to support business operations and is in the path of replacing them with much wider user friendly, growing technology adaptive and versatile systems. Global leadership guides its organization stakeholders to adopt Agile mindset and work towards applying practices and principles of Agile so as to make its organization, a truly Agile organization delivering business value rapidly and frequently.
Attaining enterprise Agility is driven by changing the mindset of IT and business to function as one unified team. Common objectives are achieved by providing an environment conducive to collaboration, sharing and building trust. In this presentation, our focus is to highlight the challenges and learnings from big fish Agile transformations. Challenges span across Big Bang versus focused approach, “My Agile” to “Organizational Agile”, Onboarding Transformation catalyst to bringing in cultural change. Every organization is unique in itself however you can get an edge and smoothen the transformation journey curve by leveraging on our experience.
Outline/structure of the Session
- Introduction of the topic and speakers-5 Minutes
- Setting the context and need for transformation-5 Minutes
- Transforming large Organizations-7 Minutes
- The “Gemba” Impact– 5 Minutes
- Key Challenges, Mitigation steps and Learnings-20 Minutes
- The Road Ahead-8 Minutes
- Question and Answer-10 Minutes
- How to accomplish an Agile transformation using a pull approach
- Cultivating an Agile mindset in a large global organizations
- Challenges in a large scale Agile transformation and mitigation (How to steer titanic from iceberg)
- How large organizations benefit from Big bang versus focused approach
Agile coaches, Executive IT and Business leaders, Scrum masters
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We have embarked the "do Agile" journey. We have hired Agile consultants and coaches to train our people. We have planned for this organization change. The Agile teams are showing progress and improvement in velocity. Our Product Owners and Business Analysts are more engaged with the delivery. We have improved our time to market and productivity. But never have we received an appreciation from the Business Leader. Our management (including me) struggles to show bottom line results to our CEO. Even surveys (undertaken by VersionOne™) indicate that organizations that use Agile in their software delivery are achieving increased productivity (84% of respondents), faster time to market (77% of respondents) and improved ability to manage changes in priorities (87% of respondents). Our metrics show signs of success in our transformation but we don’t feel it. Where did we go wrong, what are we missing, what should be done about it?
As an integral part of many Agile transformations and an outside observer: I have observed a number of patterns ranging from dysfunctional structures, lack of communication, misaligned strategy to confused values which inhibits the real success of the transformation i.e. value creation with motivated people. The result is a sublime organization but demotivated workforce due to lack of purposeful success. The patterns are looked in conjunction as the elements (Structure, Skills, Shared Values etc.) are interdependent. This union view enables holistic solutions resulting in a "Value driven" Agile journey
If you are in the midst of an Agile transformation, my paper will help you unravel such patterns and understand the solution facets to be considered. For leaders who are in the pursuit of an Agile transformation, you have an opportunity to learn from others experiences and avoid such a situation. Are you ready to move from Agile delivery to value delivery.