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People over Process


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We outline a fundamentally different approach for organizational change: one where valuing people is integral to building lasting success.

Agile and Lean are a means to an end. Once we are clear what our goals are and our approach is consistent with what we truly value, then we may hope for success.

When we simplify the Agile Manifesto’s “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools” we get “People over Process”. Agile is about people. It’s about a people-first culture. Lean is simliar.

Sadly, many organizations are mired in organizational debt: mistrust, politics and fear. Changing the process won’t fix this. We need to go to the root of it - to find a way to talk about and shift to a healthier culture: one that values people.

The VAST (Vulnerability, Authentic Connection, Safety and Trust) model makes the dynamics of human systems visible and clarifies where we may apply leverage to foster lasting change.

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People over Process

  1. 1. People ————— Process @MichaelSahota
  2. 2. Agile is about People @MichaelSahota
  3. 3. Where Does Agile Come from? Let’s Look at the Source.
  4. 4. Credit: h*p://­‐outsourcing-­‐Alex Krivitsky and-­‐agile.html
  5. 5. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  6. 6. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  7. 7. Individuals and interactions processes and tools
  8. 8. People Individuals and interactions processes and tools
  9. 9. People Process
  10. 10. Lean is about People @MichaelSahota
  11. 11. “When you go out into the workplace, you should be looking for things that you can do for your people there. … You’ve got to be looking for changes you can make for the benefit of the people who are working there.” - Taiichi Ohno
  12. 12. Losing Sight of People = Failure @MichaelSahota
  13. 13. “The typical approach used to initiate Agile is inconsistent with Agile goal of engagement.” - Michael Sahota
  14. 14. Agile Failure Average: 2.8 out of 5 (250 People) Agile Tour Toronto 2011 Agile New England 2011
  15. 15. It’s Not Working for People Copyright VersionOne 2013
  16. 16. Weaponizing Agile: The Whip
  17. 17. Weaponizing Agile: The Shield
  18. 18. Agile Mindset Doing Agile Being Agile Agile Practices VALUE PEOPLE
  19. 19. ~20%