(This is an excerpt post from Coach Takeshi’s Agile 101)
Agile is about relentlessly pursuing customer value.
We accept uncertainty head-on with agile.
We build-measure-learn and iterate incrementally.
We trust in autonomy – this is a big statement because it means we’re giving up control over people.
And because no trial and error comes without failure, we welcome failure.
And to welcome failure, we need the premise of a no-blame culture agreed in the organization.
A more facilitative and coaching style of leadership and management works better in agile, and we definitely need that to help people self-organize into cross-functional teams.
Agile makes use of methods, processes and frameworks, but what is most important is the spirit, the values, the culture. If Agile/agile is implemented only in form through processes and frameworks, it will be a soulless effort. Lacking the why, people won’t organize themselves and give things a try.
Agile/agile is meant to make our lives easier; it could be a better, more productive and rewarding way of working for many. So start from the why, start with the spirit of Agile/agile. Have many conversations, give room and space for everyone to think, feel and see themselves “what’s in it for me.”