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This Week in #Agile 10/03/17

Posted by Marc Nevins on 10/03/17 19:34

Hello again from LoansWithNoCreditCheck and our Project Management Team.  Another week in the Agile world sees the twenty-fourth edition of “This Week in #Agile”, with this week’s findings looking into Change, how it is applied in an Agile environment and how it impacts both individuals and organisations.

My idea for this week’s theme came about by the simple act of my having to move my desk in the office!

We have had a lot of new faces arriving in our office this week, so quite a few people are moving around, and working in a project environment means I’m well-versed in moving around, pinging facilities to hold Scrum meetings etc (most of us bring rucksacks into work - doesn’t everybody?!) so my moving wasn’t an issue at all, or so I thought!

This move came whilst I was focussing on another tricky part of the project that I am currently involved with, so I just grabbed my gear, moved and resumed work as normal; no problem!  The move was more than justified (people need space!), it caused minimum disruption, and I’d only been at that particular desk for a few months anyhow.  In my head I’d always viewed it as a temporary work-station, so far so good?

Things sub-consciously didn’t pan out as simply though.  For a few days, every time I went away from my “new” desk (breaks etc), upon returning back into the office I automatically went back to my old desk to start work?  The amount of times I nearly sat on my new co-worker was embarrassing, seriously.  If he wasn’t at his desk when I made my return journey to my former workspace, it took me a few seconds to realise that somebody hadn’t invaded my place with strange artifacts and pictures of people that I didn’t know (why’s my charger there, who’s notebook is that, who’s been messing around with my desktop?!!!)

I’m pretty much well-versed in occupying my new desk now, much to my colleagues relief (I haven’t sat on him - yet), but the simple act of my moving a desk, more my strange behavioural reactions to it, made me realise that I’d forgotten how powerful change can be, even a simple, small change.  I’m a certified Change Management Practitioner, I’ve written a half-decent paper on Organisational Change Management early on in 2016, I’m a certified Agile Project Manager; change is my thing, right?!!!!.  

But, change has caught me out once again, and reminded me that it’s an area that I shouldn’t neglect, or take for granted; and it also reminded me of how important the willingness of individuals to adapt to change is fundamental to successfully adopting Agile ways of working.  I thought I’d take the opportunity this week to share other views on the subject of change in the Agile environment; hopefully you will find them useful and, like me, a handy reminder!

” published in the  

is a short article that outlines how Agile provides a valuable opportunity to deal with change in comparison to more rigid software development methodologies, and it also emphasises that “it takes more than a magic wand to realise the full benefits of Agile; it requires a new mindset and a shift of attitudes”.  This article may be a useful reference when working with a new Client or team that are unsure about the benefits and implications of adopting an Agile approach.

” by

is a well-written article regarding what the shift from traditional Waterfall PM approaches to the adoption of Agile project delivery means for Change Management within organisations.  The five tips that Jonty has highlighted, I think, are of benefit to Change Practitioners when considering how Change Management can work effectively in an Agile Project environment.

” by

is a sharp post highlighting how Organisational Behaviours, Cultures and Organisational debt can offer significant barriers to the implementation of Agile working practices, and how Organisational Change may need to be effected prior to the introduction of Agile.  The value of honest Consultants must not be underestimated!

” also by

highlights  how applying Agile methods in Change Management is one small step to a more effective way of working, but Jason’s article also acknowledges numerous pitfalls, not least that of overly-inward/barrier thinking.  A very interesting and thought-provoking read.

” by

Is a very direct, roller-coaster ride through the pitfalls that can be encountered whilst implementing Agile, and the damage that Managers and Organisations can cause by holding on to past practices whilst adopting an unwillingness to change.  I really liked this article, and it has certainly given me something to think about!

As shall continue to be the case with this weekly blog on all things Agile and Project Management, if you write a blog or read an article you would like to be included feel free to contact me either via email - [email protected] - or Twitter -  - and we can try and include it in a future edition!

This week’s image is one that , an Agile Consultation Company, uses to illustrate how they implement Organisational Change by focussing their  services around four primary “change agents” as seen in the graphic below:

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