Is Walmart going Agile? Not really…
I have to disagree with you on your statements "People look to incorporate tools and techniques quickly without the deeper thought as to what the underlying principles are and how to really use that to effect change. It’s about creating a culture of agility not just “doing” Agile!"
I believe you are overgeneralizing.
Walmart was very aware of what they were doing. They were not trying to incorporate tools and techniques quickly and they put great thought into how to implement Agile practice adoption into their culture. They knew the Walmart culture trumped everything.
To your last point, "It’s about creating a culture of agility not just “doing" Agile!", in my experience of successful Agile transformations, people fail long-term if they go in mindset first. You're not going to browbeat people into a cultural shift, especially if you already have a strong corporate culture. Agile becomes a subculture, until it becomes institutionalized.
Reinforce practices and principles until they become cultural.
Derek, so what I notice reading a bit on Agile, as I am untrained and inexperienced in AGILE, is that people think its a CULTURE in the work environment. But the big picture is how large a culture AGILE actually affects? Buy-in of managers is necessary right? So what were their reactions, and does AGILE translate to the work environment? Individual stores ability to handle IT issues and processes, better?
This would be a great story to discuss as a whole chapter ! Working model?
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