Teams, Coaching & Facilitation
These lessons aren't unique to agile, but are part of my success with it. I hope to help you avoid the mistakes I made before they became second nature to me.
Feeling the need to be constantly producing high-quality deliverables with a high sense of perfection can lead to stress and can cause burnout. You have to first accept that you have a problem to find your way out of burnout. Applying agile on a personal level can help you to achieve high goals while reducing stress and lowering the chance of getting burnout.
If an organization desires a successful Agile transformation, the first step is to shift its thinking from ‘doing Agile’ to ‘being agile.’ Unfortunately, a commonly shared belief that Agile is just a software development methodology keeps too many companies stuck in the ‘doing Agile’ mindset.
While diversity has become a popular topic of discussion in recent years, the worldwide focus on racial justice has shown us that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) need to be more than buzzwords. In her new book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work, author Stacey Gordon provides readers with steps to identify bias and tools for removing established barriers.
Leadership is a team sport. While that is universally accepted vertically in an organization, many 360-degree reference checks reveal many organizations don't see the ideal level of teamwork on their executive leadership team, or ELT. No doubt, CEOs ubiquitously recognize that they are only as good as their team.
How did agile development start? Was it a reaction to the control and bureaucracy that is applied to waterfall projects? Was it about listening to the customer? Or was it about being fleet of foot as an organization? The answer is, of course, all of the above (and some more.) But are these priorities shared by executives? If not, executives and agile teams are going to clash. And agile teams will lose.