Let’s talk about agile transformation, and we will focus on the word “transformation.” When conducting any transformation, it is about changing behaviours. This is why I said agile framework implementation. There is a focus on implementing a framework and not focusing on the behaviours needed, with the teams that will be using the framework and other components within the organization that need to change.
That doesn’t mean that all the teams and departments must use the frameworks that the teams are implementing. It does mean they need to have the same or very similar behaviours, actions and agile values as those teams to be in sync with them and become high performing and provide high value.
Without that and the leadership moving to a “servant leadership” style full time with self-managed teams through building trust, the previous views and behaviours will clash with agile delivery management because it is not legitimized through Pragmatic. Moral legitimacy.
Cognitive legitimacy fails since teams are “Doing agile,” and the mixed messaging throughout the organization will create a chaotic environment that is not as predictable as it would like to be.
Those that fall within the 5% have created an environment where agile delivery and management are legitimate. They created an environment where they have met all three forms of legitimacy and Institutional theory. Through behaviour changes so that everyone is “Being agile.” They have moved past the implementation of an agile framework; they made their agile transformation a true transformation.
Overall agile delivery and management are growing in legitimacy. Taking the Diffusion of Innovation graph will gain that legitimacy when it moves into the early majority or crossing the tipping point from Early adopters. Wich does sound weird since agile delivery is decades old, and we have yet to see it in the late majority by now. The difficulty in that is explained with Suchman’s legitimacy models.
With articles and blogs that say “Agile is dead,” they have it wrong; it just hasn’t reached the level of legitimacy it deserves.
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