As many organizations are adopting more and more agile, a key question is emerging … how sustainable is agile in our organization? When the embedded agile coaches or consultants leave, will things go back to the way they were? How long will it take before agile becomes just empty rituals and checklists, like the other processes did? Will things go back to the way they were after our sponsor moves on?
It is our experience that the sustainability of agile is deeply linked to how the organization “transforms” to agile. We know that transforming an organization to become more agile requires more than just process change. Rather, it requires a complete culture shift. Sustainable, effective agile transformations affect all the elements of culture such as, leadership style, leadership values, work structures, reward systems, processes, and of course the work habits of people. How to affect that culture shift is the key question we will discuss in the session. We will present two different common transformation approaches (organizational-led and process-led) and then describe a hybrid version called culture-led transformation that is designed to change critical organizational and personal habits to improve and sustain organizational agility.