Common Approaches to Transformations

November 7, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The two common approaches to transformations include:

  • 1) grow your own
  • 2) take someone else's solution (e.g., Scrum, LeSS, SAFe, Nexus)

The problem with the first is that it requires a lot of reinventing the wheel.   Also, people aren't going to necessarily agree with what is needed.  Many folks take the 2nd approach because it seems to address the challenges with the first. However, since no-one-size fits all, this means you're potentially locking yourself into something that doesn't fit.  If you use an existing solution as a starting point, this might be good.  But all too often this initial solution becomes the goal.  Although most proponents of solutions say - "well start with this then adjust as needed" they never tell you how to do it.

At Net Objectives we believe a 4-step process is needed:

  • 1) see what you are doing now
  • 2)understand your challenges with your current method
  • 3)be clear about the intentions of your actions
  • 4)adopt practices that have been demonstrated to address these challenges and manifest these intentions. 

This can be done in a step-wise manner where the changes you make can be small and well defined.  We're starting to write this up at www.netobjectives.biz/flex for those interested.

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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