The Path To Your Goal Always Depends Upon Where You Are

June 16, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I've seen a lot about Agile over 20 yrs. I remember 15 yrs ago people moaning about lack of trust & respect. Now it seems that we just say that's what you need. 
 
Paraphrased from the Scrum Guide - "Successful use of Scrum depends on people becoming more proficient in living the values of commitment, courage, focus, openness & respect. People personally commit to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team members have courage to do the right thing and work on tough problems. Everyone focuses on the work of the Sprint and the goals of the Scrum Team. The Scrum Team & its stakeholders agree to be open about all the work and the challenges with performing the work. Scrum Team members
respect each other to be capable, independent people."
 
Wouldn't that be nice. But change doesn't happen like that- note Richard Pascale's “People are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than think their way into a new way of acting.”
 
Now we're pretending we can just be like Lean Startups. Even though we can learn from the Lean Startup we must remember existing companies have a different problem- how to align people, not how to use aligned people to discover what's important.
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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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