A while ago, I read a book and a short white paper that fit both of my user story needs. The first was about how leadership can apply agility at the executive leadership level. The second was about how we must change to get the right talent in our current Agile environment. Both brought up key Holistic Agile concepts that I constantly attempt to apply in Agile adoptions and transformations at MATRIX. When it happens successfully, the initiative seems to “take a turn” for the better as the organization (not just IT) “gets it.” When these practices are not applied to senior leadership, there is a chasm that drags Agile transformations to a halt. Without Holistic Agility, organizational change will fail. These practices and principles are building teams, being responsive, and self-management.
I have this image in my head of a cartoon character mixing chemicals in different test tubes and beakers. Around him (generic pronoun folks) is a lab of glass bendy tubes, Bunsen burners, and the like. Chemistry "do nots" abound. The character slowly pours some green liquid into some boiling pink liquid and KABOOM! Another … Continue reading Experimentation: Play with Fire, Get Burned, Repeat with Fireproof Gloves