I’ve noticed few common mistakes teams make in their transformation journey:
- Very detailed long-term planning.
- They have a target state in mind, and then start planning in detail every step of the way.
- Processes, procedures, day to day activities planned in detail
- That is the trap agile was supposed to free us from, we’ve learned we “can’t” plan long term accurately,
- So, don’t design intricate plans
- No long-term plan.
- Then you have teams who believe they are ‘truly’ agile and believe in not thinking more than 2 weeks ahead
- “If you don’t know where your going, chances are you may never get there”
- That too is very problematic, you’ll stay in fire fight mode if that’s the approach
So, what’s the middle ground?
- A) Have a long-term vision.
- Crystalize the vision so everyone knows where we want to go.
- That does not mean over documentation, it means start ‘living it’, should reflect from your actions
- B) Plan few weeks
- Do have an approach to how to get there, but make it very short-term and to the point
- That’s because it will change, you’ll try learn and then try something new
- Your plan to get there must ‘evolve’ along the way
- PDCA – Plan Do Check Act
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