Agile Transformation Phases

In the beginning, there are difficult question to be answered:
As a coach, you need a clear focus and scope.
As a leader and as an organization, you need a glmpse of what to expect.
The bootstrap process serves as a collaborative space to find an initial answer to these questions.

Decide on Agile

Identify Business / profit drivers

Which are the ways the organization evaluates success?

Check the Mindstate of your Organization

Are they prepared for a continuous-change mind set

Understand more of the context

As a coach, you have many more questions to ask to understand the world of your customer, e.g.

  • Organizational Challenges and Pains
  • Past attempts to agility - and possibly: what is the currrent FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) about Agile
  • How are you organized
  • Describe the motivation drivers and the culture

Agree on an initial change goal

e.g. on the basis of the declaration of interdependency

  • Increase return on investment by focusing on the continuous flow of  value
  • Deliver reliable results by engaging internal or external customers  in frequent interactions and shared ownership
  • Managing uncertainty and change through continuous inspections and  adaption
  • Deliver creativity and innovation by recognizing that individuals  are the ultimate source of value, and creating an environment where  they can establish the difference
  • Boost performance through group accountability for results and  shared responsibility for team effectiveness
  • Improve effectiveness and reliability through adapted strategies,  processes and practices

Check Prerequisites

Success Conditions

The following elements are the matching management guidelines for a sustainable successful adoption of agile in an organization:

  • Focus on customer delight: continuous customer delight is the principal source of competitive advantage in the 21st century
  • Focus on innovation: innovation is today the key ingredient for sustainable success
  • Create a culture of trust and respect: after the end of mass production, the organization nee ds desperately the ingenuity and initiative of all employees to provide the best value to the customer
  • Organize around self organizing teams: the best results and most innovative products are created by self organizing teams

Enabling Factors

  • Trust - without a culture of trust, it is hard to create a productive collaboration in teams and between teams
  • Ownership and delegation - how does the organization handle delegation - this is one crucial question when it comes to the autonomy of an agile team

Understand the Status Quo

Research the current culture and the structures