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To be more agile, you need mindsets to change

Colin Ellis | Nov. 15, 2016
“We need to be more agile. We need to get things done quicker. Little ‘a’ not big ‘A’ – no it’s the other way around.”

Companies that successfully make the transition to more agile delivery of projects and services are staffed with individuals who aren’t told what to do.

They’re allowed to be flexible in their thinking and are personally invested in the culture that they’ve built. They respect each other’s way of working and set up their space based on that. They capture the ‘right amount’ of information in order to meet the customer’s expectations and relentlessly look for ways to add extra value.

According to the 2015 Standish Group Chaos report, only 39 per cent of Agile projects are considered successful and just like their waterfall counterparts, those agile projects that fail are held back by one thing – people.

To be more agile, then teams need to be given the following:

  • Insights into who they are and each other’s personalities (self-awareness and empathy)
  • An agreement on what’s acceptable and what’s not (behaviours)
  • An agreement on how they’ll work together (collaboration)
  • An agreement on how they’ll find better ways to do things (innovation)
  • Some principles they can hold each other to account to (culture)
  • Regular ideas that further develop their thinking and skillset

As Carol Dweck said in her book Mindset: ‘With the right mindset and the right teaching, people are a lot more capable than we think.’ With the right investment in the right program, any organisation can become more agile over time.

What are you doing to help your people develop an agile mindset?


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