Making Change Stick: An Executives Guide to Agile Transformation and Sustaining an Adaptive Enterprise
Leading change in large organizations is different. Leading an agile transformation in a global fortune 100 company is different than teaching Scrum to a group of developers. It’s different than teaching SAFe to a larger, more complex product organization. The scale and complexity are huge. The number of stakeholders is mind-numbing. Aligning interests across the organization is almost impossible.
Making change at this level of scale and complexity, with this number of powerful stakeholders, and aligning them toward a common objective, is difficult… but it isn’t impossible. It requires a fundamentally different approach to how we think about process and methodology, how we think about transitioning to this new way of working, and how we make sure the changes are effective now and into the future.
To begin unpacking this, we need to explore the differences between what we call a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability:
When we talk about methodology, we are talking about Systems of Delivery. Scrum, SAFe, DAD, LeSS are all systems of delivery. A traditional waterfall governance model is a System of Delivery. Any talk about technical practices, running more effective retrospectives, or better daily standup is all about the Systems we are going to use to Deliver on the business outcomes of the organization.
How we install those methodologies are what is called a System of Transformation. Anything from how we train ScrumMasters, to how we remove systematic dependencies, to how we influence corporate governance and align with strategic objectives, are all part of the System of Transformation. A System of Transformation is about planning, executing, and measuring the efficacy of the change.
As markets evolve, and drive new product demand, the organization will have to systematically adapt to respond to the emerging market need. This requires a high level of intentionality and a System of Sustainability to make sure the organizational structure, governance model, and key performance indicators are able to adapt to meet the emerging needs of an ever-changing marketplace.
The System of Delivery makes sure we have the right process for the right parts of the organization. The System of Transformation makes sure that we are making the changes necessary to help each part of the organization be successful… in an objective and measurable way. The System of Sustainability makes sure we are addressing how each part organization itself is positioned to inspect and adapt into the future such that the enterprise sees value now and into the future.
his talk will explore the key attributes of a System of Delivery, a System of Transformation, and a System of Sustainability. We will explore the critical success factors of each, why they are necessary, and how they individually and collectively work together to help an organization build momentum, become a more effective delivery organization, and sustain momentum going forward.
About the Speaker
LeadingAgile LLC CEO and Founder
Mike is a thought leader and industry disruptor in the field of enterprise-focused Agile Transformation. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry working for companies like IBM, EDS, John H. Harland, and Fiserv. Mike launched his consulting career while working for VersionOne before starting his own company, LeadingAgile, in 2010. Since then, as the CEO of LeadingAgile, Mike has been speaking around the globe. He’s done keynote presentations for the Federal Reserve, Agile Indy and has been an invited speaker—on Agile Transformation—at the annual Agile conference, hosted by the Agile Alliance, on several occasions.