Agile Change – The Values

What does Agile involve? And what do I mean “Agile”? Does “Agile” mean “Agile, the Manifesto” and the “agile, the principles”? How about “agile, the software development methods”? Actually,...

Organizational Changes Make Messes

Last week Mike Cottmeyer posted that People Are Messy. He gave an excellent example how two people approach and respond differently to change. I might choose different words to describe people. I definitely agree that change gets messy. Change starts getting messy...

Constructive Chaos

If you’re shifting software development paradigms, use a clutch! Team Powerhouse had problems. The developers didn’t know how much work they could get done in a sprint. The testers received the code about a day before the sprint demo. About half the...

Organizations Change – People Transition

Googling “organizational change” returns almost 6 million hits. The LinkedIn Organizational Change Practitioners contains 26,125 members. With this much information and so many people practicing organizational change, you’d think we’d be good...

Responding to Changes

The team I worked with was scattered in a cube farm with 5 foot walls. Well, except for the two who chose to work in a large storage closet. After the first sprint, we finally moved to a common area. Still in cubes, but with short walls so everyone could see everyone...

Failure Paths During Change

In Understanding Change I described the Satir Change Model. Near the bottom I acknowledged that I described a “happy path” change. Many designed changes never change anything. Other change initiatives look promising for a while, but as time passes people...