Mindset: the biggest barrier to agility

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Presentation from Optional Conference (Budapest).

Some agile transitions fail due to the mindset of the people affected by the change. Your mindset is characterized by how you answer these three questions: 1) What do you believe about people?; 2) How should social systems be organized?; 3) Who is our customer?

See more at: http://flaviusstef.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/is-your-mindset-blocking-your-agile-transformation/

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Mindset: the biggest barrier to agility

  1. 1. MINDSET the biggest barrier to agility Flavius Stef, Mozaic Works
  2. 2. □ Why transformations fail □ Traditional Mindset □ Agile Mindset □ Change Your Mindset
  3. 3. ? Did you go/Are you going through an agile transformation?
  4. 4. Sometimes it... just works!
  5. 5. Other times...
  6. 6. “I estimate that 75% of those organizations using Scrum will not succeed in getting the benefits that they hope for from it.”
  7. 7. Cargo Cult much?
  8. 8. ? Studied the Agile Manifesto?
  9. 9. individuals andindividuals and interactionsinteractions workingworking softwaresoftware respondingresponding to changeto change satisfy thesatisfy the customercustomer motivatedmotivated individualsindividuals face-to-faceface-to-face conversationconversation constantconstant pacepace self-organizingself-organizing teamsteams
  10. 10. Three root theories People – Systems – Customer
  11. 11. Traditional People Systems Customer Agile
  12. 12. ▣ Why transformations fail □ Traditional Mindset □ Agile Mindset □ Change Your Mindset
  13. 13. What do you believe about people? performance review – extrinsic rewards skills-based hiring – ignore needs lazy control no ambition blame
  14. 14. How should we design systems? hierarchy – one-way reporting organize by function – high WIP sum of parts resources strategy at top ladder
  15. 15. Who is our customer? projects – budgets utilization targets – firefighting predictability efficiency utilization short term
  16. 16. ▣ Why transformations fail ▣ Traditional Mindset □ Agile Mindset □ Change Your Mindset
  17. 17. What do you believe about people? empower – self-organize – engage attitude-based hiring – attend to needs passionate mean well trust attend to needs
  18. 18. How should we design systems? network of peers – transparency cross-functional – long-lived teams interactions no waste see whole adjust to env.
  19. 19. Who is our customer? flow – quality iterate – customer champion external discover adapt cust. value
  20. 20. ▣ Why transformations fail ▣ Traditional Mindset ▣ Agile Mindset □ Change Your Mindset
  21. 21. ? 1, 2, 4
  22. 22. Beliefs, Goals, Values Actions Results Single Loop Learning Double Loop Learning
  23. 23. Things to Try Investigate the agile mindset: values, principles Compare the agile mindset with your own Run an experiment using a different theory When a problem occurs use the 5 Whys Team rule: respectful criticism
  24. 24. In a nutshell ▣ Why transformations fail ▣ Traditional Mindset ▣ Agile Mindset ▣ Change Your Mindset
  25. 25. @FlaviusStef flaviusstef.wordpress.com slideshare.net/fstef What do you believe about people? How should systems be organized? Who is your customer? THANK YOU!
  26. 26. Attributions ● Cover photo: https://flic.kr/p/7c9zLD ● Team designed by Luke Anthony Firth from the Noun Project ● Network designed by Jerry Wang from the Noun Project ● Entrance designed by José Campos from the Noun Project ● Hierarchy designed by Murali Krishna from the Noun Project ● Surveillance designed by Luis Prado from the Noun Project ● Notepad designed by Darren Barone from the Noun Project ● Cars: https://flic.kr/p/384Epw and https://flic.kr/p/bDpzoC ● Cargo Cult: https://flic.kr/p/bwXYfa
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