Agility is not an initiative, it is a movement and a journey that can transform any organization so that it has the ability to navigate complexity with clarity of purpose and speed to achieve the best outcomes. Like Lean thinking, Agile involves a cultural change that helps to eliminate unnecessary processes and artificial boundaries to help focus our energy on what matters most to our clients.
Last week I delivered several workshops at the 2016 Interconnect conference focused on adopting Agile DevOps practices. While preparing for this conference I had the opportunity re-read book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephan R. Covey and was struck by the similarities between the principles in his book and those of found in lean / agile development.
In this book the 7 habits, provided the reader with excellence guidance to better manage themselves and their environment. Required reading when I first began my career these 7 habits, listed below, have already helped millions of people improve their effectiveness and better the quality of their life.
- Habit 1: Be Proactive
- Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind
- Habit 3: Put first things first
- Habit 4: Think win/win
- Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood
- Habit 6: Synergize
- Habit 7: Sharpen the saw
Likewise, the 7-Habits for a Successful Scaled Agile Adoption using IBM CLM will provide a set of practices to improve the effectiveness of your agile adoption by assisting you with creating a culture in which the values of sustainable predictable development, individual self-management and rapid product innovation are possible.
For example Habit 2 “Began with the end in Mind”
Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) focused developing a Vision and Roadmap for the product prior to conducting Release and Sprint Planning (actually they refer to it as PI planning)
These tactics give the agile teams with the opportunity to plot their course at a high-level to assure they’re going in the right direction.
The details of these 7 habits, listed above, have been provided in the following presentation