There is a considerable confusion in the Agile community between adoption and transformation. Change agents from various organizations talk about adopting Agile and not about transforming their organization culture. The consequence of this is undertaking such an important transformation without having the full buy-in of the people, without understanding the organizational implications. Usually this leads to failure.
There are not so many models in the Agile community that may guide change agents in their transformational approaches. The Michael Sahota’s book is a survival guide presented as a framework that helps anyone to understand and plan Agile change work. This framework is also useful if working with Kanban and Software Craftsmanship.
The basic concept behind this framework is that “if you do not manage the culture, the culture is managing you”. And, in addition to this, Peter Ducker’s quote is also very enlightening: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Indeed, no matter how careful you prepare a strategy for change, if it is not aligned with the organization’s culture, you are condemned to fail.
Part 1: Agile in Crisis
Adoption and transformation to Agile seems to be prone to high failure rates in many industries and organizations. According to VersionOne, 84% of respondents in the Agile Development Survey reported that they had experienced a failed Agile project.
Part 2: Agile Culture
Part 3: Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide