3 Ways to Break the Cycle of Agile Project Failures [#AgileProjects #AgileFailures #AgileViews]

1. Assess
2. Test
3. Optimize

1. Assess
As human behavior follows organizational structure, top management must view their organization as a system and assess what it would take to achieve their system optimization goals.

Fundamentally, Agile is a change to the overall structure, not a business objective that can be added on to the existing structure.

The best way to achieve this is to identify the current challenges preventing your organization from shifting to a better way of working.

There are two ways to achieve this:
1. Map the value stream of your organization to see the full cycle of what is involved in developing new software.
2. Identify variables preventing change and create a systems model that shows how different organizational systems interact.

2. Test
An effective Agile transformation creates change from the inside out and builds the muscle memory and behavior for continuous change through short-term experiments.

What makes an organization truly Agile is not the adoption of a superficial process. Rather, it is the ability to learn and change your structure through experimentation.

Before you begin testing organizational changes, create an Agile charter so that all involved stakeholders understand how the project will be validated and when it is considered complete.

3. Optimize
Organizations that have gone through successful systemic change will tell you that it was chaotic and that sometimes the teams thought about giving up. Just like a person on a fitness plan or a diet, you will have good days and bad days throughout the journey.

If you refocus your efforts on changing structure and behavior, you can create new habits that empower your organization to effortlessly pivot and persevere.

Using your system assessment, examine how to reduce waste.

Look for areas with too many processes, handoffs, and approval gates. Each of these is an opportunity to redefine the organizational structure and impact employee behavior.

View Agile as a process, not as an outcome
Software product development is not a manufacturing line where one person assembles a piece of the unfinished product and hands it over to the next person in a predictable, repeatable process.

As a result, businesses that want to become Agile must adapt the way they transform and view it as a process, not as an outcome.

By supporting experimentation and creating a feedback loop, organizations can organically produce effective structures that yield higher quality products and greater ROI from software development initiatives.

Adapted from
Why agile projects fail: 3 ways to break the cycle:
The Enterprisers Project

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