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Our thoughts on business transformation and change management

What is the difference between doing agile and being agile?

One is real, one isn't.

"Agile" is a description. It is an adjective or an adverb. It is not a noun or verb. You cannot "do agile" or get an agile out of the store cupboard.

Doing Scrum or Kanban or LeSS or SAFe or DAD or Management2.0 or XP or anything else will add some value but WILL NOT make you agile by themselves.

Doing the "next big thing by XYZ big consultancy" will tie you in to whatever that consultancy is offering and may add some value but WILL NOT make you any more agile by itself.

To be truly agile is to embrace the values and principles of the agile manifesto (or "Manifesto for Agile Software Development" as it is properly known). If you haven't read it, take a look: https://agilemanifesto.org.

If you want to start on the journey to true agility, start asking yourself why you are doing things? Is there a better way? How can we add more value to the customer? Until you start thinking like this instead of "what does the book say I should do next?", you will never do anything other than follow a different process.

The following is an amalgamation of conversations I have been having recently, explaining the world of agile to a team of project managers. Some have worked out well like this, some have not...

How Does Change Happen?

There are two main ways that transformation happens: as a major change programme with a set end goal and as an ongoing series of "continuous improvement" changes that each alter a small aspect of the organisation.

The world is changing fast than it ever has before, and where there is change, there is both risk and opportunity. Canny business leaders are accepting business transformation as a way to stay ahead of the market and succeed where others are failing.

At The Peak Consultancy, one of the challenges we regularly face is helping clients improve productivity. We have seen all manner of attempts to get people to work harder and have identified three factors that absolutely must be right before anything else will work. If any one of these is wrong, any efforts elsewhere will be wasted.

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