Mike is a certified PMP project manager and a certified ScrumMaster. Mike was involved with the creation of the DSDM Agile Project Leader certification, holds this certification at the Foundation, Practitioner, and Examiner levels. Mike was named an honorary member of the DSDM consortium and served on the board of APLN and the Lean Software and Systems Consortium. He currently co-leads the PMI Agile Community of Practice. Mike is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 147 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile
I'm constantly reminded that context is king... that words have
meaning... and that the meaning of our words is almost entirely
dependent on our context.
Last night I had coffee with an agile
coach here in the Atlanta area. We got to talking about the idea of
'agile transformation'. It became pretty clear, pretty quickly we were
using the phrase in two very different ways.
His perspective was
that 'agile transformation' involved taking a project team, teaching
them agile values and agile practices, and helping them deliver better
products to market faster, and with higher quality.
goals... no doubt.
My perspective on agile transformation looks a
little different. To me, agile transformation involves influencing the
structures and culture around the team. Only by influencing the
systems around the team, can we achieve true end-to-end business
Meaningful, long-lasting agile transformation starts by
establishing a clear vision for the organization, and how we want it to
operate when we get there. It involves creating a change management
strategy that will get us from here to there as safely as possible.
transforming the organization around the team, the transformation
within the team won't be sustainable. The forces that act on the team
are often too great for the changes to stick. It's too easy to go back
to the old way of doing things.
It helps to understand just what
we are trying to accomplish with our agile transformation. If we just
want to get a project team really humming... team transformation might
be enough to meet our goals.
If we want ongoing, sustainable
business benefit from our investment in agile, we are going to need to
think beyond the team. We are going to need to think about the rest of
the business and how we collectively deliver value.
No right or
wrong here... you just gotta be realistic about what you are trying to