Agile Organisations need an Agile Mindset

Agile Organisations need an Agile Mindset

Back in 2001, seventeen “lightweight methodologists” got together in a ski resort in Utah and they came up with a new movement aiming to overcome the various dysfunctions in software development by uncovering better ways of doing software and helping others do it! The new movement named agile and the agile manifesto was born! It was established by four values, grounded by twelve principles and manifested through various practices resulting in different frameworks.

Interactions, collaboration, change, working together, motivation, support, trust, face-to-face conversations, self-organisation, technical excellence, reflect and adjust are just a few words that could be found in the values and the principles of the manifesto and all of these words have something in common. It’s all around people!
Do we pay attention in all that “fluffy” people stuff? What makes agile transformations successful in some organizations and why others are still trying to get the benefits of agile? Why the main leading causes according to latest state of agile survey for failed agile project, are still related to company philosophy or culture at odds with the agile values and general communication problems? Why still the main barriers and concerns for further agile adoption are again related to a general resistance to change and loss of management control?

Maybe some answers could be found in Linda’s Rising keynote talk on “The Power of an Agile Mindset”. She talked about the differences in mindsets that people have and the impacts of those mindsets in work and  life. She talked about the attitude that we could have to overcome failures and problems and how to transform them to opportunities and learnings. This attitude is what she called an “Agile Mindset”.

Organisations with successful agile transformation, are more comfortable to adopt and explore new practices and discard practices that worked well in the past. Maybe they know that agile software development process, is not fixed, but it continues to change as we learn more about it. They do not afraid to fail, do not resist to change and they feel comfortable with their exposed inabilities. It’s an opportunity to learn more and get improved!
All the above attitudes and behaviors are part of the agile mindset that organisations need to embrace and work so to succeed with agile transformation. It’s not that easy, it requires effort and practice to shift our mindsets and grow a culture where we will succeed by working together.
“Perfect is a verb!” – Kent Beck
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill
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Nikos Batsios is Scrum Master at Intracom Telecom and organizer at Agile Greece @Thessaloniki

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