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Agile Transformations: Why are they so difficult ?


Jim - April 28, 2020 - 0 comments

There are many difficult changes that an organization undergoes through its lifetime. The shift in becoming “agile,” is at the top of the changes that are the toughest. The reason why companies struggle with changing to agile is diverse and can also be intertwined with the culture of the company. In this post, we will describe some major sources of difficulty for your transformation.

 

The Lack of Senior Management Support

 

In all transformations, change is seen as the unknown, and all people react very differently. The senior management of a company wants to find ways for the company to be more efficient, but in most cases, they do not want to use what they are prescribing to solve the issue. Senior management is very reluctant to take on the agile mindset, and this causes a significant schism between the staff and management. The idea of servant leadership (www.greenleaf.org) is very foreign to leaders of a company that have grown up through the management ranks. The transformation must be planned with a comprehensive view that the whole company must embrace an agile mindset.

 

Is Agile Just Another Thing to Sell?

 

In the consulting world, the sale of agile consulting services has been very profitable. Unfortunately, this profitability has drawn many players in the marketplace, who do not have the needed practical experience. These “newcomers” use a standard cookbook methodology that offers clients with templates and scripts that are from a textbook. This approach may seem to be ideal but does not take into account reality. This disconnection has resulted in many transformations being off course and per industry guidance, that roughly 40% or higher fail.

 

Exactly Where Are We With the Transformation?

 

As with any activity, there needs to be measured if the activity is tracking to its goals. The transformation is no different, but yet management often fails to keep its eye on the ball. This lack of “governance” can result in missed expectations. The organization often hurdles in one direction then another with no progress being made. In some cases, these confusing actions even regress the agile work that has been established.

 

To help with the above challenges, a firm must partner with a trusted advisor who has the practical experience and understands your needs. Feel free to call AppsDelivered to go through our Agile Maturity Assessment in a free initial one-hour consultation.

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