Scaling & Transformations

Agile transformations and scaling Agile are not only about implementing Agile processes or frameworks. These frameworks by themselves will not lead to an organizational transformation. To get the full benefit of working Agile at every level and really become better at delivering the right product faster, it’s critical to be crystal clear about:

  • What you want to achieve and why
  • How you can inspire and give influence to the people who will be affected by the change
  • How you create meaning about the work being done at all levels in the organization

goAgile has a long history working with organizational transformations. Though, we are experts in agile ways of working, our niche is in helping leaders create environments that support optimal thinking through the change.

We can help you reach your transformation objectives, help your people feel motivated through the change, and have clarity around strategy, plans, portfolios and product/service requirements. A real Agile transformation is about taking the principles of Agile in and shifting to new behaviors that drive results. 

As you expand agile ways of working into other areas of your organization, you will be able to create even greater business value in changing environments. You end up leading change rather than just managing it.

Essential Agile transformation "How-Tos"

Using the Implementation Roadmap as an overall guide to focus on UNDERSTANDING, SHARING, and CHANGING, we incorporate these practices and techniques shown in the table below in the Agile Transformations we facilitate.

Practice Techniques
Get buy in at every level
  • Agile governance with transparency(demoer) and predictability (sprints)
  • Involve & Engage your way to motivation & ownership
  • Do not tell people what to do -give choices and use experiments
  • Start where people are at: use brain-based tools to help increase interest and motivation
Involve many
  • Make the Transformation visible & transparent - and accessible everywhere
  • Support distributed, virtual collaboration
  • Create relationships with key stakeholders
  • Focus on VALUE - always
  • "Do not give people fish - teach them how to fish"
Establish a powerful Transformation Team
  • Get a powerful sponsor with organizational "street credit" - high enough to have power -low enough to have time
  • Get a mandate from the top -ask top management some hard questions
  • Run as an Agile team
Have a clear direction
  • Value- and goal-driven Transformation backlog
  • One pager for Transformation vision - visible and known to all
  • Spend 10% on "Build" and 90% on "Roll out"
  • Create meaning! Town hall meetings, face-to-face and online meetings and workshops, posters, informal opportunities to share with each other

Creating the environment where people thrive.

Leaders at every level in the organization play critical roles in the success of any transformation. In order to reach your goals, your leaders need to remove obstacles that get in the way of success, and making the environment safe for people to do things differently. Leaders give control by helping their people increase their competence and clarity – pushing decision-making down to the people who have the information and supporting people as they act their way to new thinking. This way of leading is about achieving excellence, not avoiding errors – and it creates a place where people thrive.

Anchoring change from the inside with your own internal Agile coaches.

We know from experience that the only way to really create lasting change in an organization transforming to Agile ways of working is to have a team of internal Agile coaches who will continue to support the change. Our Internal Agile Coaches Training Program runs over six-months. The curriculum is made up of a combination of advanced Agile practices; coaching skills and techniques; handling people/teams; leading change; and on-site mentoring and feedback from goAgile Transformation Advisors.

Create environments where people feel ownership.

Research shows that when people experience ownership for the organization, they also demonstrate belonging, accountability, an improved sense of self and of their ability to do the work effectively. 

Creating this feeling of ownership is the result of understanding together, planning together, demonstrating results frequently and getting feedback, and reflecting together to learn and improve. Facilitation is the tool we use to accomplish this. We know that these Involve and Engage Principles™ are the keys to unlocking our best thinking, getting to the best solutions and
taking responsibility for the work. 

Facilitation is the key skill needed to involve and engage people– because we want them to participate and influence the decisions and, thereby, take ownership of the results. goAgile takes facilitation very seriously – all our trusted advisors are facilitators, and we train others in this key skill.

Good for business, good for people.

Having motivated people is good for business because it increases performance, and it’s good for your people because it adds meaning to the work. But how do we create environments where people feel motivated? By understanding how our brains work, we can involve and engage people to increase motivation. The neuroscience proves:   

  • People are more open and creative when they have a feeling of influence and control.
  • People can stay focused when they feel engaged and valued.
  • People share and connect more when they feel safe in their environments and that they belong.

Using the neuroscience of motivation and the mechanisms of Intent-Based Leadership™ and Agile, we work together with you to create environments where people feel empowered – helping you achieve your goals with happier, higher-performing people.

Recognizing the pain of change.

An often overlooked part of ”transforming” to new ways of working, is the pain of change. This is one of goAgile’s key focus areas. By involving and engaging people in the change and supporting them through the process, giving them as much influence as possible along the way, people begin to see change as a challenge, not as a threat – making your organizational transformation go smoother and leading to lasting change. 

Pragmatic approach to creating lasting change.

While we know the value of various frameworks, we also know that sometimes people get lost in the jargon and the process. Agile practitioners must also live the Agile principles – especially ”People over Process” – even Agile processes! To that end, we approach the frameworks from the common-sense starting point of our four Involve & Engage Principles™:

  • Understand together
  • Plan together
  • Demonstrate results frequently + feedback
  • Reflect together to learn & improve

When people in organizations are doing this – really working TOGETHER with all stakeholders, they achieve their goals faster, with more motivated people who make better solutions for customers. 

Share and learn – the key to creating growth mindsets.

We know the way to help people shift mindsets is by getting them to do something different: by helping them act their way to new thinking. We do this by inspiring and giving practical tools through our training courses, hands-on guidance as people begin implementing new ways of working, supporting people as they use experiments, and by facilitating conversations between people to create greater understanding and collaboration. 

We want people to get the benefit of the new action – not just execute a process. In this way, people feel more motivated to try things – and more okay with making mistakes and learning along the way.

Creating a common understanding of the “why”.

Naturally, people in the organization have different experiences and knowledge of agile ways of working – some are new to it, some are experts. And they have different understandings of the purpose of the change. We start where people are at, understanding and working with the different organizational maturity levels, taking into consideration the competencies of team members, their clarity about the direction and the work, and the amount of control they have to complete that work.  

We introduce new ways of working one step at a time, slicing it down, the same way we do in Agile planning, so that it does not feel overwhelming – guiding and supporting to increase clarity and competence every step along the way.

  • Creating the environment where people thrive.

    Leaders at every level in the organization play critical roles in the success of any transformation. In order to reach your goals, your leaders need to remove obstacles that get in the way of success, and making the environment safe for people to do things differently. Leaders give control by helping their people increase their competence and clarity – pushing decision-making down to the people who have the information and supporting people as they act their way to new thinking. This way of leading is about achieving excellence, not avoiding errors – and it creates a place where people thrive.

  • Anchoring change from the inside with your own internal Agile coaches.

    We know from experience that the only way to really create lasting change in an organization transforming to Agile ways of working is to have a team of internal Agile coaches who will continue to support the change. Our Internal Agile Coaches Training Program runs over six-months. The curriculum is made up of a combination of advanced Agile practices; coaching skills and techniques; handling people/teams; leading change; and on-site mentoring and feedback from goAgile Transformation Advisors.

  • Create environments where people feel ownership.

    Research shows that when people experience ownership for the organization, they also demonstrate belonging, accountability, an improved sense of self and of their ability to do the work effectively. 

    Creating this feeling of ownership is the result of understanding together, planning together, demonstrating results frequently and getting feedback, and reflecting together to learn and improve. Facilitation is the tool we use to accomplish this. We know that these Involve and Engage Principles™ are the keys to unlocking our best thinking, getting to the best solutions and
    taking responsibility for the work. 

    Facilitation is the key skill needed to involve and engage people– because we want them to participate and influence the decisions and, thereby, take ownership of the results. goAgile takes facilitation very seriously – all our trusted advisors are facilitators, and we train others in this key skill.

  • Good for business, good for people.

    Having motivated people is good for business because it increases performance, and it’s good for your people because it adds meaning to the work. But how do we create environments where people feel motivated? By understanding how our brains work, we can involve and engage people to increase motivation. The neuroscience proves:   

    • People are more open and creative when they have a feeling of influence and control.
    • People can stay focused when they feel engaged and valued.
    • People share and connect more when they feel safe in their environments and that they belong.

    Using the neuroscience of motivation and the mechanisms of Intent-Based Leadership™ and Agile, we work together with you to create environments where people feel empowered – helping you achieve your goals with happier, higher-performing people.

  • Recognizing the pain of change.

    An often overlooked part of ”transforming” to new ways of working, is the pain of change. This is one of goAgile’s key focus areas. By involving and engaging people in the change and supporting them through the process, giving them as much influence as possible along the way, people begin to see change as a challenge, not as a threat – making your organizational transformation go smoother and leading to lasting change. 

  • Pragmatic approach to creating lasting change.

    While we know the value of various frameworks, we also know that sometimes people get lost in the jargon and the process. Agile practitioners must also live the Agile principles – especially ”People over Process” – even Agile processes! To that end, we approach the frameworks from the common-sense starting point of our four Involve & Engage Principles™:

    • Understand together
    • Plan together
    • Demonstrate results frequently + feedback
    • Reflect together to learn & improve

    When people in organizations are doing this – really working TOGETHER with all stakeholders, they achieve their goals faster, with more motivated people who make better solutions for customers. 

  • Share and learn – the key to creating growth mindsets.

    We know the way to help people shift mindsets is by getting them to do something different: by helping them act their way to new thinking. We do this by inspiring and giving practical tools through our training courses, hands-on guidance as people begin implementing new ways of working, supporting people as they use experiments, and by facilitating conversations between people to create greater understanding and collaboration. 

    We want people to get the benefit of the new action – not just execute a process. In this way, people feel more motivated to try things – and more okay with making mistakes and learning along the way.

  • Creating a common understanding of the “why”.

    Naturally, people in the organization have different experiences and knowledge of agile ways of working – some are new to it, some are experts. And they have different understandings of the purpose of the change. We start where people are at, understanding and working with the different organizational maturity levels, taking into consideration the competencies of team members, their clarity about the direction and the work, and the amount of control they have to complete that work.  

    We introduce new ways of working one step at a time, slicing it down, the same way we do in Agile planning, so that it does not feel overwhelming – guiding and supporting to increase clarity and competence every step along the way.

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