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How to involve the senior management in a agile transformation?
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How to involve the senior management in a agile transformation?
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First, have them aware of the agile theory, so they can understand the benefits in time and cost.

Second, have them see some examples of organizations that have been successful using an agile transformation.
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The transformation (any for that matter) should begin with senior leadership.
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Apr 26, 2018 8:52 AM
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I also agree with Andrew!
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George,

You nailed it. Your comments are the first steps to get management onboard. Once management is onboard the staff will need to be onboard next.
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William -

the best agile transformations are top-down & bottom-up. As Andrew has indicated, you need the commitment and buy-in from senior leadership given the magnitude of change and costs involved, but you also need the willingness and thirst for change at the "front lines". When that happens, you've got mid-level management squeezed from both ends which can help overcome growing pains.

A few key areas which senior management needs to be involved in directly:

1. Walking the talk - they MUST model the changed behaviors
2. Funding for the one-time & ongoing run costs
3. Owning and addressing enterprise-level blockers escalated from agile teams

In many respects, the senior leadership team can utilize agile principles/practices - for example, they should be self-managing in terms of holding each other accountable, they should think as a "whole team" rather than individuals with agendas, and they can prioritize and manage the backlogs of project investments & enterprise blockers in an agile manner.

Kiron
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1 reply by George Lewis
Apr 26, 2018 8:54 AM
George Lewis
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Kiron - Very good answer... Walking the talk (very well worded)... I like it...
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Apr 26, 2018 7:36 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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The transformation (any for that matter) should begin with senior leadership.
I also agree with Andrew!
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Apr 26, 2018 8:30 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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William -

the best agile transformations are top-down & bottom-up. As Andrew has indicated, you need the commitment and buy-in from senior leadership given the magnitude of change and costs involved, but you also need the willingness and thirst for change at the "front lines". When that happens, you've got mid-level management squeezed from both ends which can help overcome growing pains.

A few key areas which senior management needs to be involved in directly:

1. Walking the talk - they MUST model the changed behaviors
2. Funding for the one-time & ongoing run costs
3. Owning and addressing enterprise-level blockers escalated from agile teams

In many respects, the senior leadership team can utilize agile principles/practices - for example, they should be self-managing in terms of holding each other accountable, they should think as a "whole team" rather than individuals with agendas, and they can prioritize and manage the backlogs of project investments & enterprise blockers in an agile manner.

Kiron
Kiron - Very good answer... Walking the talk (very well worded)... I like it...
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This is a very important topic, because Agile is fairly new in some organizations, and success is bound to leadership owning the concept.
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I would say baby step them :
Early education on Agile Adoption for Executives and Management, try to sell them the benefits they will get.
Engage an Executive Sponsor or more if possible, this could crucial to your success
Develop an agile transformation Vision and Road-map
Try to have a Vision behind your initiative. Something that tells people, Why you are doing this? What are the benefits? What are the problems you are trying to solve? How will you measure your journey? What metrics are you going to use?
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Change their mindset. First by articulating the benefits of Agile, and then by proving it in the form of a pilot or successful small projects.
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You do not need to do nothing to involve senior management in something that must be started if and only if is part of the strategy. So, if you have to do something in that sense then sorry but you are failing from the begining. You are "DOA" (Dead on Arrive).
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