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An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide

by Michael Sahota on Jul 25, 2012

About the Author

Michael Sahota is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) and change agent whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of the people and the companies he works with. Michael has sixteen years experience in software development and ten years of proven leadership. Over the last ten years, Michael has been helping companies adopt and transform with Agile and Lean practices including Kanban. Learn more by going to Michael's site.

Michael's passion is around growing high performance teams and organizations that unleash creativity and innovation. Michael also helps clients get breakthrough results using Innovation Games® for fast actionable market research and StrategicPlay® with Lego® for solving big challenges.

This book provides a set of essential thinking tools for understanding Agile adoption and transformation: how they differ and what you need to know to know to avoid being another statistic in the widespread adoption failure. In particular, you will learn how to use culture to work more effectively with your organization.

It is called a survival guide since so many people have found the concepts to be invaluable in understanding their experiences when working with Agile. 

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Agile in Crisis

  • Agile Failure is Pervasive
  • Agile is Due for Failure
  • Culture is the #1 Challenge with Agile Adoption

Part 2: Agile Culture

  • Agile is not a Process – it Defines a Culture
  • Understanding Culture through the Schneider Model
  • Agile Culture is about Collaboration and Cultivation
  • The Agile Manifesto and Principles Define Agile Culture
  • Analysis Approach (For the Curious)
  • Culture Model Lets Us Ask Useful Questions
  • Kanban Culture is Aligned with Control
  • Wait a Minute - Kanban is Agile, isn’t it?
  • Kanban is a Good Tool
  • Kanban as a Trojan Horse or Gateway Drug
  • Kanban+Agile = Agile
  • Software Craftsmanship is about Competence
  • Why We Need to Care
  • Working with Your Culture
  • Understanding Culture
  • Working with Other Cultures
  • Culture Adapters
  • How to Change Culture is Another Story
  • Summary

Part 3: Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide

  • Defining Adoption and Transformation
  • A Framework for Understanding Adoption
    and Transformation
  • Adoption of Agile Practices in Mismatched Culture
  • Avoid Agile Manifesto and Scrum
  • Agile Adoption Patterns
  • Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World
  • Case Study: Large Financial
  • Adoption and Transformation in a Supportive Culture
  • Lead with Agile Manifesto and Scrum
  • Fearless Change
  • Inspect and Adapt with Enterprise Transition Team
  • ADAPT
  • Containers, Differences and Exchanges
  • Cynefin Framework
  • Case Study of Agile Adoption in a Supportive Culture
  • Agile Transformation
  • Is Agile Transformation Possible?
  • Accidental Agile Transformation is Damaging Companies
  • Kotter Model for Organizational Change
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Other Approaches to Organizational Change
  • Where to go next?
  • Checklist for Change Agents
  • References
  • About the Author
  • Alternate Views and Opinions
  • Culture as Context for Agile Adoption and Transformation
  • You Kanban is not my Kanban
  • Kanban is more than just Control Culture
  • Kanban is about Transformation, too!
  • Scrum vs. Kanban
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