Curtis Franklin Jr. laid out 8 steps in an InformationWeek to move your company smoothly from waterfall into becoming an agile organization. Here’s an excerpt.
- Executive Involvement is Crucial — It is extremely important to the success of the move that the executives are fully committed and hold a sense of urgency. They are the ones who need to offer the team a vision as well as a change in culture towards the new system. They must be on board and leading this move for it to succeed.
- The Budget Must Change — Organizations often budget around projects instead of budgeting around teams. It is hard for the move from waterfall to succeed while the budget is still built for it, regardless of how many scrum meetings the managers make.
- Silos Must Fall — This has become a management cliché, but it is an extremely important step to make a successful move to agile. What happens sometimes is that organizations use their current processes to become more silo-ed. The communications processes must be able to cut across teams and through silos for the move to succeed.
- Lose the Project Mindset — Projects are important, but it is important to view the company with a long-term product base rather than with a project base. Every part of the company must be on board and understand the change, be fully committed to the team and the long-term results.
- See the Problem As the Solution — It is important to realize that only by finding the problems we can eventually figure out solutions. There will inevitably be problems, but solving them can help the entire enterprise.
- Communicate with Purpose — Communication is key to making agile scrums happen. People need to look outside their own team members and make sure they focus on bringing the enterprise together in order to make agile happen for the entire organization.
- Manage the Change — Resistance to change is normal. Therefore, it is extremely important to manage it, to ensure that the change occurs smoothly. Don’t outsource it, but do it yourself in order to make the changes really stick.
- Take to Heart Other Examples — Within the past 5 years, many companies have made the change to agile and have benefited from it greatly. There are companies that already solved the problems you are facing and many organizations you can emulate.
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