I’ve tried to introduce ‘agile’ working methods into two different organisations. In organisation A, we persevered for about 6 months before reverting to traditional waterfall approaches. In organisation B, we’re about 6 months in, and we’re flying! The obvious question is, why the difference?
The organisations are comparable in size, work in the same sector, and offer the same services. Three words: Senior Leadership Support
In organisation A, we failed to enthuse the seniors. In organisation B, the seniors have driven agile adoption. What a difference that has made. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions on the importance of getting your leaders on-board for any Organisational Development initiative.