Supporting Agile Adoption: It's About Change

Program Director: Jorgen Hesselberg

Program Approval Date: January 2010 

 

Purpose: 

As the number and scale of agile adoptions has grown geometrically, we have seen many dramatic successes, a great many modest or qualified successes and some failures.  I believe that the causes of failure are not in the methods themselves, but in the failure to recognize and effectively manage the organizational aspects and changes to supporting systems, structures, policies, and culture.

This program brings together practitioners who address the organizational change aspect of agile adoptions.  Using a workshop structure, we share theoretical basis that we bring to our work, share strategies and tactics that have enabled successful agile adoptions.

“Supporting Agile Adoption: It’s about Change” extends the Agile Alliance Board initiative to understand and foster solid practices for enterprise adoption of Agile methods. The program will help the Agile Alliance in its purpose to support those who explore and apply Agile principles and practices by extending and disseminating knowledge of successful strategies for Agile adoption. More effective Agile adoption practices will contribute to the Agile Alliance mission of making the software industry productive, humane, and sustainable.

Main Activities:

Practitioners will collaborate in facilitated 2-3 day work sessions to pool our knowledge and experience, share relevant practical and theoretical resources and create new knowledge for the broader community.  Subsequently, as a result of their involvement in the workshops, participants will publish materials for the use of the larger community of practitioners adopting Agile methods. 

Published Documents: 

From Performance Management to Leading Performance - © 2012 Kati Vilkki and Esther Derby.  Developed with funding from Agile Alliance.  Additional contributors:  Ray Arell, Jens Coldewey, Jutta Eckstein, Israel Gatt, Michael Hannan, Jorgen Hesselberg, Bill Joiner, Diana Larsen, George Schlitz, and James Shore..

An Organizational Transformation Checklist - © 2013 Michael Sahota.  Developed with funding from Agile Alliance.  Additional contributors:  Ray Arell, Jens Coldewey, Esther Derby, Almir Drugovic, Hendrik Esser, Israel Gat, Don Gray, Jorgen Hesselberg, Diana Larsen, Claudia Melo, Jaana Nyfjord, Jean Tabaka and Ari Tikka.

Complexity in Change Management Processes©2013 Jutta Eckstein, Diana Larsen, James Shore. Developed with funding from Agile Alliance.  Additional contributors:  Ray Arell, Jens coldewey, Esther Derby, Israel Gatt, Jorgen Hesselberg, Bill Joiner, Kati Viliki, Michael Mamman, and George Schlitz.

Characteristics of Agile Organizations - ©2012 Ray Arell, Jens Coldewey, Israel Gatt, Jorgen Hesselberg. Developed with funding from Agile Alliance.  Additional contributors:  Diana Larsen, Esther Derby, Jutta Eckstein, Bill Joiner, Kati Viliki, James Shore, Michael Hamman, and George Schlitz. 

AWG - A Sustainable Engine for Enterprise Agile Adoption - ©2012 Ray Arell, Jens Coldewey, Israel Gatt, Jorgen Hesselberg.  Developed with funding from Agile Alliance.  Additional contributors:  Diana Larsen, Esther Derby, Jutta Eckstein, Bill Joiner, Kati Viliki, James Shore, Michael Hamman, and George Schlitz.


Agile Adoption Challenges

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