To help accomplish any mission, the attitudes of people involved are almost always the most important thing.
Alex Yakyma Organizational Mindset Your Agile Transformation. On the latest edition of The Guardian Podcast with Ryn Melberg, Ryn discusses the role of attitudes and organizational mindset with Agile/Lean expert and popular author, Alex Yakyma (www.OrgMindset.com). Alex is known for his expertise in Lean, Agile and Scaled Agile and has even written fictional books about Agile. To hear the podcast, go to www.rynmelberg.com, her iTunes channel at https://goo.gl/a82jd6, or on Soundcloud at https://goo.gl/wViFjm. Alex Yakyma Organizational Mindset Your Agile Transformation.
What’s Broken? Alex Yakyma Organizational Mindset Your Agile Transformation.
According to Alex, the best plans for Agile and Lean implementation are derailed by the lack of shared perceptions or agreement on what needs to be repaired. “The reason for many failures implementing Agile or Lean is that none of us has the same view of reality,” Alex said. Alex refers to these attitudes and the ways they are used for work as ‘mental models’. Known by this or other
names like ‘shared beliefs’ or ‘popular opinion’ the way people in organizations perceive the world will impact outcomes of Agile or Lean implementation. “Everyone has his or her own unique worldview,” Alex said. “When organizations do not account for the possibility that everyone may not agree on what the issues blocking progress are, or the ways or order in which to work on them, they are likely to fail or have a great deal of trouble implementing Agile with any amount of success.”
Agile Is Not A Panacea
Responding to the idea that installing Agile would repair the broken work flows and unblock obstructions to value delivery, Alex and Ryn agreed that this was not well thought out. “Agile is a process, a kind of two-dimensional procedure,” Ryn said. “The shared view of reality or agreement on what is creating a bottleneck, regardless of practice, requires thinking tools to modify and adjust practices for change leaders. If my organization members all believe that the world is flat, teaching us navigation skills based on a moving horizon that resulted from knowing that the earth is a rotating sphere will not work.”
Mental Models Alex Yakyma Organizational Mindset Your Agile Transformation.
Incorporating what Alex refers to as ‘mental models’ into the work/implementation process is very important. “Individual perceptions of reality need to be discussed and incorporated in the work process first, if not really early,” Alex said. “Everyone on the team needs to operate based on a shared set of beliefs or at least similar opinions.” Alex recommended to Ryn and her listeners that they refine their shared opinions in advance so that work on ‘the right thing’ gets done. “We all have to operate based on the same or at least similar beliefs,” Ryn concluded.
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