This is seriously one of the best blog posts I’ve read this year. So much truth to this! Bottom up Agile transformations are extremely challenging and prone to failure. The top has a very valuable and necessary role in a successful Agile transformation. I just hope the people at the top of companies on the verge (of an Agile transformation) will read this and heed it.
A couple of months ago the following statement was made at a conference by a business manager: “We want better projects, so the management of our company has decided that everyone will start working agile from January 2015”.
I was puzzled. Very puzzled. Did he honestly believe that the whole company would wake up one Monday morning in January 2015 realizing that a whole new era had begun, and everyone would leave all their old habits, attitudes and approaches behind and start being agile?
It made me wonder. Several things, actually:
“If the decision is already made, why don’t they start their agile journey today?”
“Do people really think that transforming a business from a traditional to an agile approach to projects will happen just like that?”
“Have they realized that the decision to work agile means that the management will also have to change their ways?”
“Do they know that doing agile is not…
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