Agile Leadership Is a Continuous Journey
Just as transformation does not have a definite end, neither should the leadership involved in that transformation. Learn more in this article.
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A company's leaders must prepare for the selection, achievement, and continuous improvements of Agile delivery. Only the leadership can evolve and continuously grow the environments in which their people function. Moreover, only these mentors can design the atmosphere that promotes high-performing Agile teams to thrive and deliver excellence. Agile leaders, therefore, must show smarter ways of working so that their people will discover from their personal and professional standards, mentorship and intrinsic motivation. The quest to become an Agilest does not need to be hard. Many leaders have to attempt a new method of management. The process will need to prepare, enable, and challenge their people to attain the highest potential through Agile teachings and practices.
What is not so apparent to leaders is that their people's knowledge of the processes alone won’t be enough. Agile leaders must take an actual role to guide the new way of working. How many times have I heard from leadership that, "You have my support and contact me if you have any questions"? That way of thinking is a recipe for disaster with Agile. Agile leaders need to involve themselves directly on a daily basis. Get out and walk around, attend daily stand-ups, pop in on Sprint Planning sessions and come to the Sprint Reviews. You want your people to see you are involved with and care about the success of the implementation.
Agile leaders need to guide the movements necessary to experience and optimize the stream of value within the company. The job is to design and rearrange around the business value. Agile leadership is about:
- Classifying queues and excessive WIP
- Eliminating delays
- Removing policies and procedures that demotivate
- Creating a culture of continuous improvement
- Giving safety to your teams to work in an innovative way
Remember, a culture that is not willing to change for the better will eventually fail. Our jobs as Agile leaders is to be involved in that cultural change.
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