Start with a Shift in Perspective

November 6, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

One thing I’ve learned over the last 20 years of consulting is that perspective is the key thing. People at some level already know what they need to do. But their perspective needs tweaking-It’s not a huge shift that’s required. It’s often just trusting something deep down you already know and letting go of some things you’ve already begun to doubt. When that shift is made, people who want to improve start to see things that were there but whose significance wasn't truly appreciated.

One of my favorite quotes is “Thus, the task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think which nobody yet has thought about that which everybody sees.” – Schopenhauer.

Engagements should be a two-step process – with the first part about aligning around the perspective of quick realization of business value to  customers in a sustainable, predictable manner with high quality. This improves the ability to pivot as well. Agile in and of itself is not difficult. The difficulty is the alignment of people around it. Some of Lean is counter intuitive until you look at the right things. It’s like watching the shadow of a bird on the ground and wondering why you can’t figure it out Once you know where to look, people can align. Once aligned, they can change as a team.

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design.



        

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