Creating an agile culture involves fundamentally rethinking how you run your organisation and most organisations that we spoke to in our recent research felt that they had not yet fully mastered the transition to an agile culture. Many were grappling with tensions resulting from new and different ways of working – these tensions are reflected here.
For many, Agile is associated with the technology part of your business or one or two pockets in your organisation. It is often thought of as set of routines and practices – stand up meetings, retrospectives, Kanban, etc. We refer to this as DO-ing agile.
Our ability and desire to change as humans, has driven an extraordinary rate of change in particular over the past 10 years. Think of yourself as a customer. You demand immediacy; you want to be understood; you expect improvements; you expect high levels of service, whether it is for internet connectivity, banking, shopping, healthcare, or entertainment. And you have more choices than ever.
Whether you voted leave or remain, 80% of us now agree that Brexit is a shambles.
There are much smarter people than me reflecting on why exactly that is the case and I am sure only history will have the answer.
But, ever the optimist, I believe we can learn from this right now and I want to share with you one lens which provides important insights for those in business.