We've often heard that "Culture eats Strategy for breakfast". Well for years, the largest and longest-running Agile survey has been demonstrating that this is true for Agile adoption as well. The top challenge continues to be "Company philosophy or culture at odds with core agile values".*
With 16 years of working on Agile adoptions in two hemispheres across organisations with widely varying cultures, Rowan sees clear patterns for how culture is shapes Agile in organisations. Not only the style of Agile or pseudo-Agile that you end up with, but even how the concept of Agile itself is framed and perceived.
Given an understanding of your organisational culture, we're coming close to being able to predict how your Agile adoption will play out even before you consider starting! That's unless there is real leadership energy spent on effective cultural change.
In this session we explore crucial questions such as the following for leaders in organisations pursuing Agile.
- What are characteristics of your organisation's culture that are most likely shaping your Agile adoption?
- What is it that your organisation is likely to be misinterpreting about Agile and Scrum given its prevailing culture?
- Why does attempting to adopt good Agile without shifting organisational culture result in either low impact watered down Agile and/or ongoing culture clash?
- Why is Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) so popular in certain sorts of organisations and what are they are missing out on?
- What sorts of changes in belief and behaviour are required of leadership in order to lead a culture change supportive of the phase shift to a higher impact mode of Agile?
- What is it like working in a rare "Agile native" culture?
Time permitting, we'll tell stories of first-hand experience with "Agile native" organisational cultures and what led to them emerging and thriving.
* State of Agile survey: http://stateofagile.versionone.com