Agile Culture and Adoption Survival Guide @ Agile New England


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Culture is critical for understanding how to succeed with Agile. We will explore culture and how Agile impacts organizations. In this session, you will learn the Schneider culture model and how it can be applied to make changes that align with your organization's culture. We will also explore Agile adoption and transformation approaches in the context of culture.

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  • Agile Culture and Adoption Survival Guide @ Agile New England

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    2. 2. About Michael STRATEGIC PLAY®
    3. 3. Session Outline
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    5. 5. Quick Survey – What Agile AdoptionSuccess have you seen?• 5 = Every time a success• ...• 0 = Every time a failure• Raise your hand when your number Photo CC comes up… _catherine/5808320129
    6. 6. XP Toronto Mtg 2011Agile Tour Toronto 2011
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    10. 10. Why is Culture Important? “If you do not manage “The only thing of culture, it manages you, real importance and you may not even bethat leaders do is to aware of the extent tocreate and manage which this is happening.” culture.” Edgar Schein Professor MIT Sloan School of Management Photo courtesy:
    11. 11. Agile Tour Toronto 2011
    12. 12. Example Survey QuestionWhen all is said and done, the way we accomplish success in this organization is to:1. Create an organization that has the highest possible level of competence and capitalize on that competence.2. Get and keep control.3. Provide the conditions whereby the people within the organization can develop and make valuable accomplishments.4. Put a collection of people together, build them into a team, and charge them with fully utilizing one another as resources.
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    14. 14. Kanban Principles (Anderson) First adopt the Then (use the 5 Core foundational principles Properties) • Start with what you do 1. Visualize the workflow now 2. Limit WIP • Agree to pursue 3. Manage Flow incremental, evolution 4. Make Process Policies ary change Explicit • Respect the current 5. Improve Collaboratively process, roles, responsi (using models & the bilities & titles scientific method)
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    16. 16. Kanban is Like an Oreo Cookie! Outside: Crunchy Control Inside: Sweet White Agile Goodness (collaboration, cultivation and craftsmanship)
    17. 17. Craftsmanship as a starting place
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    23. 23. Adoption - Practices  Doing AgileWhen culture is not compatible with Agile Incremental Adoption  Look at Context  Pain  Practice Avoid  Scrum  Agile Manifesto See “Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World”
    24. 24. What are your goals? My main focus is to stop companies from doing Agile.Pascal Van Photos©
    25. 25. Adoption – Mindset  Being Agile When culture is compatible Prefer Scrum + XP Pick adoption model:  ADAPT  Fearless Change  Scum Transition Backlog Top-down & bottom-up simultaneously.
    26. 26. Plan for Hard Conversations Agile is about people, and as such they will tend to be largest obstacles, we will need to have serious conversations at some point if we really want to go Agile.Johnny ScarboroughPhotos© and The Innovation Games Company
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    28. 28. Agile Is Not Enough Agile Skills Project!
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    30. 30. #2 Incubate TransformationalLeadership Leaders go first!• Live the values• Lead by example• Seek to truly understand their culture• Be as transparent as the teams they leadSee presentation: Agile From the Top Down: Executives & Leadership Living Agile by Jon Stahl
    31. 31. #3 Build Transformational LeadershipTeam“We focus on improving leadership and team performance by helping people increase their ability to be situationally aware. This helps people increase the quality of their conversations and other relational interactions, which in turn improves flow.”
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    33. 33. Transforming the World of Work
    34. 34. What’s your game plan?Open your notebookWrite down: Biggest ah-ha moment Actions for next week
    35. 35. Resources• Videos, Blog Posts, Presentations – series-reading-guide/• InfoQ eBook Coming
    36. 36. Session Outline