Nathanial Willis posted this in LinkedIn recently:
I asked Steve Denning for advice on how to successfully lead an agile transformation and here's what he said:
- Get a bullet-proof vest and hockey mask because you're going to get beaten and be shot at! (As he laughed)
- Stop communicating over email - do it face-to-face; preferably in a bar. (No seriously)
- Discover your executive leader’s problem. Find a story of how another company solved that problem and share it.
- Focus on the 20% that want to change. Forget about the folks that don't.
I once worked as a coach at a large financial firm that had been “going Agile” for quite awhile. They were one of the worlds largest firms, so the teams and the projects were often distributed.
They had invested in a relationship with a Ukrainian firm to outsource a significant part of their software. This had been going on for a while, so there was integration between internal and outsourced agile team members.
I was pulled in to help the outsourced teams with their understanding of agile practices. You see, even though they “said” they were agile, their behaviors were really suspect and more indicated cowboy and self-centered development.