Dealing with non-Agile mindset (Senior management)

Team ToB – Tower of Babel

The Cookbook that squeezes out the juice to successfully drives the conversion of senior management as a change agents for agile

By the Team Tower of Babel @ Scrum Coaching Retreat Geneva 2016

The team members are Craig, Harini, Leigh, Marc and Stefan

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Lack of Trust

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

How to Demo

Working title (Ole’boys networks)

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

How to Demo

Cultural Shift

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

How to Demo

Lack of Engagement

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

How to Demo

Abuse of power

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

How to Demo

Control through bureaucracy

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

How to Demo

Toxic words and practices (antipatterns)

 

 

Lack of Trust

 

As an Agile Coach

 

I want to overcome the lack of trust for Agile

 

So that I can spread the Agile methodology across the Organisation

 

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

  • I have built relationships with senior managers
  • I speak the same language as the senior manager
  • I am flexible in my approach to engaging with senior managers
  • The senior managers are engaged in the process
  • The senior manager is educated in Agile
  • The senior manager talks about agility in the organisation
  • There is a mentoring arrangement in place with the senior manager

 

How to Demo

 

 

 

Working title (Ole’boys networks)

 

As an Agile Coach

 

I want to work with the old boys network

 

So that the network works in my favour to support agility.

 

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

  • I speak the same language as the senior manager
  • I understand existing ceremonies and common ground
  • I have joined the network
  • The network is aware of agility and does not fear it
  • The senior manager uses the network to promote agility

 

How to Demo

 

 

Cultural Shift

 

As an Agile Coach

 

I want to provoke a cultural shift in an organisation

 

So that agility flows across the organisation

 

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

  • There are more people playing the game of Agile
  • Barriers and inhibitions to agility are removed
  • The rules of the game for agility are widely understood
  • Risk taking and experimentation is encouraged and accepted by the organisation
  • New bridges are being built across the organisation

 

How to Demo

 

 

Lack of Engagement

 

As an Agile Coach

 

I want to spread Agile engagement across all tiers of the organisation

 

so that Agile engagement is a reality for all senior management

 

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

  • I understand the organisational “why” (@Simon Sinek)
  • Effective feedback loops within and across the management tiers are being created
  • Simple and effective escalation routes are understood
  • Appropriate incentives are in place to support engagement

 

How to Demo

Abuse of power

 

As an Agile Coach

 

I want to

 

So that

 

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

 

How to Demo

Control through bureaucracy

 

As an Agile Coach

 

I want to

 

so that

 

Acceptance Criteria / Happy when

 

How to Demo

Toxic words and practices (antipatterns)

Team ToB - Sprint 0

Mobilisation and vison

Team name and our Tower 😉

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Our vision and our first backlog

Sprint 0The challenges of dealing with Senior Managers

Team Tob - Sprint 1

Challenges dealing with Senior Management

This was our Scope and Research exercise where we agreed the Features and the Business Value.

Sprint 1Lack of Trust

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Sprint 1 Retro the weather chart  – Marc facilitated the session

Team TOB - Sprint 1 Retro

Sprint 2 – ‘OBN’ – Old Boys Network

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Sprint 2Cultural Shift

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Sprint 2 – Retro the rocket, Stefan was the faciliator

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Sprint 3  – How to overcome a lack of engagement

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End of Sprint 3 review

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References

Suggested books:-

‘Legacy’ James Kerr – What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life

Useful links:-

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