Being an agile change agent


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Being successful with agile requires tackling three parts: the process itself, building strong teams, and using better technical practices. Yet, most organisations focus a lot on the process and ignore teams and technical practices.

This leads to 1/3 agile. There are a number of reasons why the other two-thirds are difficult -- cultural challenges, and inability to drive change.

The presentation looks are three vital skills that agile scrummasters / coaches should focus on, which are they often ignore: leadership, relationship building and influencing.

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Being an agile change agent

  1. 1. Siddharta Govindaraj @toolsforagile Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement
  2. 2. ⅓ Siddharta GovindarajAgile
  3. 3. What does it take to be agile?
  4. 4. What does it take to be agile? Process Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.
  5. 5. What does it take to be agile? Team Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.
  6. 6. What does it take to be agile? Technical Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
  7. 7. What stops us?
  8. 8. What stops us? Culture Self organisation is great in theory, but it wont work in our corporate culture
  9. 9. What stops us? Authority This is a great idea, and I really want to do it, but people won't listen and I don't have the authority to make this happen
  10. 10. What stops us? Skillset I believe in motivated, self organised teams that write beautiful code, but I don't know how to make it happen
  11. 11. Is this how you want to be remembered? "She would have done great things, but her organisation didn't allow her"
  12. 12. The change agent THE SHAPE FUTURE
  13. 13. 3 Essential Skills Showing Leadership Exerting Influence Building Relationships
  14. 14. Leading without authority
  15. 15. Sources of power "Role power can give you compliance, but relationship power gives commitment"
  16. 16. Sources of influence Personal SocialStructural
  17. 17. Alignment
  18. 18. The role of culture
  19. 19. Run the pirate ship
  20. 20. Networking
  21. 21. Power of community
  22. 22. What is YOUR vision?
  23. 23. YOU can make the difference
  24. 24. Siddharta Govindaraj @toolsforagile Beyond Agile: Tales of Continuous Improvement