Agile is a big topic today, and I am sure your organization already has heard of the movement. It is a topic close to my heart. Now, as a designer you may not be an expert in Agile, that is what this article is about. As a coach and trainer for many years, I am always looking for something to help make the transition to agile easier for individuals and organizations. Now for your 3 tips!
One mistake I see quite often in Agile transformations is the lack of internal communication and training. You might be asking yourself, “isn’t that what training organizations do?” While training organizations rollout Agile training, almost 80% of the time, or more it does not cover the reasons why, the goals of the organization, the change the organization as a whole will need to make, and how they plan to get there. Treat your internal training courses as an extension of your organizations’ agile transformation.
Agile is not a methodology. I hear a lot of people make this mistake. Agile is more of a philosophy for managing projects. It shares 4 values and 12 principles with Lean, Kanban, Scrum practices to name a few. Another mistake I hear people saying is, “I am doing agile”. When they say this I am prone to ask, which framework are you using? They need to understand the differences between frameworks and what they are actually doing. When writing your content, make sure to emphasize agile as a philosophy, a mindset and describe which framework your organization will use.
Many times the values organizations adopt, will end up as posters on the corporate walls. For any transformation to work, these values need to be front and center in the minds of every individual in the organization, from your CEO all the way down. Reviewing with the learners each of the values and 12 principles will go far. Do not simply repeat them, go into depth about what each means and how they can make a difference to your organization. Remember, if you want individuals to adopt these values the organization will need to live by them. I hope this helps you in your agile content. If you have any questions, reach out to me.
About our guest writer
I am an Agile coach with a passion to help teams to collaborate, strategize, cooperate and to deliver solutions that are in direct support of strategic initiatives. An agile transition is all about people and interactions and that is my concentration. I apply gamification, and proven techniques to motivate teams. Through these techniques I support teams to drive specific behaviors that contribute towards more effective, productive and harmonious working relationships regardless of the methodology or framework used.
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