Ok. Let’s face it.
We live in a world of fixed priced contracts. We live in a world of long term budgeting processes. We live in a world of so-called “quality” gates.
We live in a world where we expect what we know now will still be useful, valuable, and demanded in 6 months, even years ahead.
So, the statement that triggers this article is something we hear very often.
I’ve heard some so-called agilists saying
“oh, then agile is not for you”. “You need to change every bit of that”. “And only then, you can be agile”.
Only those of pure souls who can walk the way and change every “wrong” thing will become agile.
We seem to be missing agility is far more than a process. We seem to be missing agility is also about people. And it’s also about how we change the way we understand the “products and services” we deliver to satisfy some customer needs.
So, let me draw some scenarios.
Imagine a company following a waterfall process.
Its market is heavily regulated (e.g. Pharma, Food, Public Sector, Finance, Legal affairs, International trading… you choose…).
There’s processes heavily validated by audits (yes, old-fashion process… but that must be followed as of today to be in the market).
Are we saying that company cannot:
Do you think that company will be as agile as another company that:
Clearly, we won’t be as agile as we could if we are constrained by processes.
Clearly, the steps I’m talking about won’t be simple to achieve in a process constrained environment.
But hell, we can still make a difference !!!
And you know what?
If you make a difference… they will follow.
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