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10 Secrets of Agile Transformation

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Here are the 10 most important Navigation Secrets for Execs and Coaches for guiding a successful Agile Transformation. Key Lessons from years of industry experience.

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10 Secrets of Agile Transformation

  1. 1. @MichaelSahota 10 Secrets of Agile Transformation
  2. 2. Michael Sahota ~20 Years IT ~15 Years Agile STRATEGIC PLAY® ! ! Toronto Canada ~5 Years Culture & Leadership
  3. 3. @MichaelSahota Setting the Stage: Signs That Agile Transformation is in Trouble
  4. 4. Poll: Agile Success? What level of success have you seen with Agile in your career? (1..5)
  5. 5. Weaponizing Agile: The Whip http://agilitrix.com/2014/06/stop-using-agile-as-a-whip-and-shield/
  6. 6. Weaponizing Agile: The Shield
  7. 7. “The typical approach used to initiate Agile is inconsistent with Agile goals of empowerment and engagement.” - Michael Sahota http://agilitrix.com/2014/09/stop-agile-initiatives/
  8. 8. Sources: Mul>ple Workshops with 100’s of par>cipants; 2015 Version One Survey Agile Success is Limited by Culture
  9. 9. Agile Mindset http://www.flickr.com/photos/tza/3214197147 Doing Agile Being Agile Agile Practices
  10. 10. I D I%2 D J ECD B D J, 3D B J 3 D J 3D B 3D D J D E EC 3B Most Value Comes from Mindset/Culture, not Practices J D D 3 3 3 AB B D C J AB C D J B 3C B E D D J AB E3 D J0 E 0 C
  11. 11. Poll: Agile Mindset? Where is the focus of your current Agile initiative? 1 = Practices 2 = 3 = Balanced 4 = 5 = Mindset & Organizational Culture
  12. 12. Option 1: Incrementally Adopt Agile Practices that fit Culture Example: Introducing automated testing to reduce regression test costs and time. Find the practice (puzzle piece) that fits your problem.
  13. 13. Option 2: Organizational Transformation Urgency: “75% of a company’s management is honestly convinced that business as usual is totally unacceptable.” - John Kotter
  14. 14. Agile Transformation “In my 25 years, I don't have any stories of a large-scale Agile Transformation” - Alistair Cockburn http://agilitrix.com/2011/02/agile-failures/
  15. 15. Read More in my Free Book. http://agilitrix.com/2012/08/infographics-for-adoption-and-transformation-survival-guide/
  16. 16. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #1: Clarify Purpose by asking “Why?”
  17. 17. Why: A Quality Product Why: Collaboration Ask: Why Agile Initiative? Workshop: http://agilitrix.com/2014/06/agile-is-not-the-goal-workshop/
  18. 18. Want High Quality Products
  19. 19. Want Shared Ownership
  20. 20. Financial Security
  21. 21. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #2: Focus on Org Goals, not “Agile”
  22. 22. Agile about Teams, not Orgs
  23. 23. “Agile is about teams. Transformation is about the whole organization. Agile Transformation is a contradiction in terms.” - Michael Sahota, Organizational Growth Guide 27
  24. 24. Agile Initiative Some Other Initiative
  25. 25. “Now that we agree what is important, we can see that Agile is not a goal. We are not seeking to Do Agile or Be Agile. Sure, we will likely use Agile as a means to our end since it is really useful.” - Michael Sahota, Organizational Growth Guide
  26. 26. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #3: Increase Safety for Leaders
  27. 27. Humility & Compassion Thich Nhat Hanh
  28. 28. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #4: Increase Awareness of Organizational Context
  29. 29. “Kinda like the Lego I’m just putting stuff together and trying to do my best.”
  30. 30. 
 “We see what’s going on but don’t have the the authority or power to change anything.”
  31. 31. Value Stream Map
  32. 32. Poll: Awareness & Acknowledgement What is the level of Awareness & Acknowledgement of the Current Organizational State? (1 ..5) (5 = High)
  33. 33. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #5: Increase Awareness of Global Context
  34. 34. People’s Talents are Wasted
  35. 35. Return on Assets is Falling Deloitte Shift 2011 Index
  36. 36. Millennials Demand Change Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. Birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.
  37. 37. Change Your Culture or Die http://agilitrix.com/2012/10/change-your-culture-or-die/
  38. 38. Poll: Urgency of Change What is the level of Urgency around the need for your organization to change to survive? (1 ..5) (5 = High)
  39. 39. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #6: Clarify Focus of Initiative
  40. 40. ASK: Where is Our Focus?
  41. 41. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #7: Honour Leader’s Freedom to Choose
  42. 42. Let Go of What You Want http://agilitrix.com/2014/09/letting-go-of-agile-culture/
  43. 43. Freedom to Choose http://agilitrix.com/2011/03/red-pill-blue-pill/
  44. 44. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #8: Build a Shared Understanding of What Culture Is
  45. 45. Sahota Culture Model
  46. 46. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #9: Clarify Leader’s Role in Transformation
  47. 47. Observation: Consciousness of the Leader is the Limit (for Agile)
  48. 48. Current Organization Behaviour is a result of Current Leadership Behaviour
  49. 49. New Organizational Behaviour Requires New Leadership Behaviour
  50. 50. http://agilitrix.com/2016/08/organization-follows-leadership/
  51. 51. Leaders Go First
  52. 52. @MichaelSahota Navigation Secret #10: YOU Are the Limit for Transformation
  53. 53. Start with Yourself
  54. 54. Poll: My Role as a Leader How focused are you on your own personal growth and development? (1 ..5) (5 = High)
  55. 55. @MichaelSahota Bonus Navigation Secret: Growth Can Start Anywhere
  56. 56. Create A Culture Bubble
  57. 57. @MichaelSahota Where to Learn More
  58. 58. Sept. 12/13 – Toronto, Canada http://agilitrix.com/agile/certified-agile-leadership-training Sept. 22/23 – Chicago, USA
 http://agileleadershipchicago.com
  59. 59. Questions? •Certified Agile Leadership Training •Guiding Organizational Growth •Guiding Executives & Agile Coaches agilitrix.com michael.sahota@agilitrix.com 416.999.3297
  60. 60. Maria Matarelli •Agile Training and Coaching •Agile Outside of IT •Guiding Teams toward Agility maria@formulaink.com 309.678.8368

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