Thinking back to my first agile experiences, it seems like the technique of becoming more Agile - in our case, learning Scrum, was relatively straightforward. In fact what seemed more challenging was accepting the simplicity of the whole thing. Actually, for me personally, it was accepting the change. Like so many others I’ve met since, … Continue reading The Resistance
No small amount of initial confusion, and eventual disappointment, stems from misguided expectations about what Agile adoption will do, and when. As you know, I’m not a fan of “more widgets, faster” as a driving reason for Agile adoption. But its quite natural that management will be attracted to Agile for the promise of … Continue reading Mayhem – The First 6-8 Weeks
A breathtaking leader - someone who inspires us to believe and follow, and to summon our best work - is one who remains calm in the face of change. They are neither superhuman nor celebrated. They are simply a common person with uncommon resolve in the face of change. Change triggers deep fear in most … Continue reading Adaptive Planning IV – Constant Re-Prioritization
One of the secrets of the legendary badass is to not worry about things that don’t matter. It can be hard to let go of pleasing everyone, or being perfect at everything, and nailing everything on your to-do list. But the reality is, in an age driven by efficiency, the highest impact items need to … Continue reading Adaptive Planning III – The Biggest, Closest Things.
To my mind, agile transformation is as often about changing a culture of certainty and predictability to one of experimentation. This is where the biggest lift is - changing the mindset - and the culprit is Fear of Failure. It’s so bad that I’m often prompted to stop using the word ‘failure’ - especially around … Continue reading Fear of Failure (The ‘F’ Word).
Influence can’t be forced. To be the sort of leader who makes real meaningful change in the world, the source of your inspiration to others must be the passion within. You have to be in tune with the thing that calls you, and as you tune your vision and passion into a truly … Continue reading The Elusive art Of Influencing Others
Perhaps the most difficult mindset to combat, and therefore the most stubborn behaviour to reverse, is that of craving safety and certainty. The most concrete example is the obsessive need to plan things in detail. None of us can predict the future very well - even if we are very wise and experienced. We know … Continue reading Being An Adaptive Planner – Not Waiting for Perfection