Your Culture will Eat your Agile Strategy for Breakfast

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Struggling with Agile? Frustrated that people don’t really get it? Tired of fighting with organizational bureaucracy? Wondering how you could have been more successful?

We provide a set of essential thinking tools for understanding Agile adoption and transformation so that your change effort avoids becoming another statistic. In particular, you will learn how to use culture to work more effectively with your organization.

It is called a survival guide since so many people have found the concepts to be invaluable in understanding their experiences when working with Agile.

This presentation includes:
Identification of causes of the widespread Agile adoption failure
A model for understanding Agile, Kanban, and Software Craftsmanship cultures
An outline of key adoption and transformation approaches
A framework to help guide when to use these these approaches with your organization

Agile Comes to You - keynote presentation, June 19, 2012.

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Your Culture will Eat your Agile Strategy for Breakfast

  1. 1. Culture Will Eat Your Agile Strategy for Breakfast @MichaelSahota
  2. 2. About Michael STRATEGIC PLAY®
  3. 3. Session Outline
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/akeg/2230862848/
  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… http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsey _catherine/5808320129
  6. 6. XP Toronto Mtg 2011Agile Tour Toronto 2011 Agile New England 2011
  7. 7. Causes of Agile Failure
  8. 8. Barriers to Further Agile Adoption Copyright VersionOne 2011
  9. 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472
  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: http://leadership-tdoerffer.blogspot.com/2010/11/enjoy-interview-with-prof-edgar-schein.html
  11. 11. Agile Tour Toronto 2011 Agile New England 2011
  12. 12. Graphic ©JurgenAppelo
  13. 13. 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, 4. Make Process Policies evolutionary change Explicit • Respect the current 5. Improve Collaboratively process, roles, (using models & the responsibilities & titles scientific method)http://agilemanagement.net/index.php/Blog/the_principles_of_the_kanban_method/
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenore-m/2515800654
  15. 15. Working with Existing Culture
  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
  18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalavinka/4617897952
  19. 19. What are your goals? My main focus is to stop companies from doing Agile.Pascal Van CauwenbergheNamiya.be Photos©http://www.flickr.com/photos/pascalvancauwenberghe/3053517274
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tza/3214197147
  21. 21. Adoption of Agile Practices ina Mismatched Culture
  22. 22. Agile Transformation
  23. 23. http://www.wanderingthought.com/2012/01/squishy-balls.html
  24. 24. Adoption of Agile Practices ina Mismatched Culture
  25. 25. Adoption - Practices  Doing AgileWhen culture is not compatible with Agile Incremental Adoption  Look at Context  Pain  Practice Avoid  Scrum  Agile Manifesto See  “Agile Adoption Patterns: A Roadmap to Organizational Success” by Amr Elssamadisy  “Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World” provides a lot of practical advice on adopting Agile [Smith & Sidky].
  26. 26. Agile Transformation
  27. 27. Agile Is Not Enough
  28. 28. http://www.wanderingthought.com/2012/01/squishy-balls.html
  29. 29. 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©http://www.flickr.com/photos/pascalvancauwenberghe/3053517274 and The Innovation Games Company
  30. 30. Some Interesting Patterns ofTransformation
  31. 31. http://www.flickr.com/photos/exothermic/2547162058
  32. 32. WARNING: This will fail eventually*
  33. 33. #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 Stahlhttp://www.slideshare.net/LeanDog/agile-from-the-top-down
  34. 34. #3 Develop Transformational Leadership Team Deep alignment between leadership teams’ personal visions and organizational compelling shared vision Continued commitment to maintaining integrity and sacredness of leadership teamSee Temenos retreau@Siraju Ref: http://adaptivecollaboration.com/2012/04/23/temenos-retreat-a-journey-of-change/
  35. 35. http://www.flickr.com/photos/_brilho-de-conta/400937249
  36. 36. Transforming the World of Work
  37. 37. Session Outline
  38. 38. Resources• These slides are available on slideshare• Videos, Blog Posts – http://agilitrix.com/2011/04/ agile-culture-series-reading- guide/CC @MichaelSahota

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