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Embrace the Storm by Renae Craven

Embrace the Storm by Renae Craven

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A storm is defined as a disturbance of the atmosphere or the state of an environment, and life brings them in many forms and sizes. Some bring significant disruptions to normal conditions, while others destroy the existing structures and force a rebuilding. As humans we will experience various storms throughout our lives, with the aim of surviving them all.

We are so used to the occurrence of storms that preparing for them has become second nature. We have the technology available to us to help predict them, their size and intensity, so we know what to expect and plan accordingly. Best practices exist to manage the storms. However with climate change, it feels like there are more ‘freak’ one in a 100 year occurrences happening, which take everyone by surprise. The best practices lead to chaos. What’s the future going to hold and what can we learn today to in order to build our resilience for future storms? Do we reflect the shifting environment into our existing practices?

How do we apply these learnings from our life to an Agile transformation of an organisation?

On the horizon, a cyclone is growing in intensity and heading towards your organisation: to disrupt the existing paradigms. Everyone is scared and uncertain of what will survive, or will need to be rebuilt after the agile transformation has hit. What do we need to do to prepare for the transformation? How are we going to work together to build our resilience in the chaos of the cyclone?

How do organisations embrace the storm?

A storm is defined as a disturbance of the atmosphere or the state of an environment, and life brings them in many forms and sizes. Some bring significant disruptions to normal conditions, while others destroy the existing structures and force a rebuilding. As humans we will experience various storms throughout our lives, with the aim of surviving them all.

We are so used to the occurrence of storms that preparing for them has become second nature. We have the technology available to us to help predict them, their size and intensity, so we know what to expect and plan accordingly. Best practices exist to manage the storms. However with climate change, it feels like there are more ‘freak’ one in a 100 year occurrences happening, which take everyone by surprise. The best practices lead to chaos. What’s the future going to hold and what can we learn today to in order to build our resilience for future storms? Do we reflect the shifting environment into our existing practices?

How do we apply these learnings from our life to an Agile transformation of an organisation?

On the horizon, a cyclone is growing in intensity and heading towards your organisation: to disrupt the existing paradigms. Everyone is scared and uncertain of what will survive, or will need to be rebuilt after the agile transformation has hit. What do we need to do to prepare for the transformation? How are we going to work together to build our resilience in the chaos of the cyclone?

How do organisations embrace the storm?

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  1. 1. Renae Craven UNLOCKING YOUR ORGANISATION’S AGILITY BY HARNESSING THE TURBULENCE OF AGILE TRANSFORMATIONS @naecrave #embracethestorm
  2. 2. TROPICAL CYCLONE Warm Ocean Water @naecrave #embracethestorm
  3. 3. @naecrave #embracethestorm
  4. 4. CYCLONE YASI - 2011 REBUILT @naecrave
  5. 5. Transformations in organisations require the same level of resilience as residents of cyclone prone areas @naecrave
  6. 6. Distance From Cyclone Centre (km) Wind Speed (kt) @naecrave
  7. 7. Time Level of Stress Leadership Distance from Change This looks great! I’m getting a little nervous Why are we doing this again? Leadership aren’t listening!? Did we not learn anything?! That wasn’t so bad This way works. It was easy! I’m confused again Ok, someone is finally listening It’s challenging but fun! @naecrave
  8. 8. “The world is made of Circles And we think in straight Lines” - Peter Senge @naecrave
  9. 9. FORMATION Level of Stress Time @naecrave
  10. 10. INTENSIFICATION Level of Stress Time @naecrave
  11. 11. THE EYE Time COMPLACENCY Level of Stress @naecrave
  12. 12. INTENSIFICATION BYE BYE LEADER Level of Stress Time @naecrave
  13. 13. DISSIPATION Level of Stress Time @naecrave
  14. 14. PREPARATION Sandbagging Window Boarding Moving Loose Items Food, Water, Petrol Community Emergency Plan Communication Plan Infographics Advocates of change Change space Prepare Leadership Coach the leaders Build a community (social CYCLONE CHECKLIST TRANSFORMATION CHECKLIST @naecrave
  15. 15. @naecrave
  16. 16. RESILIENCE ✓ PRACTICES ✓ LANGUAGE ✓ OPEN SPACE REVIEWS @naecrave
  17. 17. ✓ Harness the stress and turbulence ✓ No more transformations - build resilience to change instead ✓ Keep next steps small – fail fast ✓ Don’t ignore leadership gap - listen and communicate ✓ Build a change community KEY POINTS @naecrave
  18. 18. Renae Craven UNLOCKING YOUR ORGANISATION’S AGILITY BY HARNESSING THE TURBULENCE OF AGILE TRANSFORMATIONS @naecrave #embracethestorm

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