A Tale of Two Agile World Series


The Agile Manifesto came out in 2001. Today, it seems that everyone is on the Agile bandwagon, making it fairly common in many workplaces. Still, whether a company is already established with Agile or just starting on their Agile journey, resistance to Agile, abounds. How is that manifested in such organisations? Where are the sources of the opposition? Do they come from People? Executives? Middle management? Individuals? All of the above? Or do they come from departments such as Engineering? HR? Programme Management? Everywhere?

Introducing “A Tale of Two Agile Worlds”:

In Episodes 1-3, we’ll look at senior management’s resistance from both the UK’s and the US’s perspectives. In Episodes 4-6, we’ll look at middle management’s, team’s and individual’s resistance. We’ll compare and contrast the manifested behaviours of resistance to Agile – both overt and covert forms. We’ll see how the people perceive and react to them. We’ll also dive deeper into understanding the various sources of the resistance.

Through the UK and US viewpoints, are we going to find the problems divergent across the pond, or are they ubiquitous? And would we be able to find the same solutions to the middle management, team and individual resistance problem?

Beyond Budgeting Episode 1 Our Agile Tales

“Business agility is about finding the constraints in the system” – Evan Leybourn, Business Agility Institute founder.Where do most teams and departments in an organization encounter constraints? They encounter it in management, the budgeting process driven by finance and the performance management process driven by HR. When management and finance are about control, teams are constrained and the organization cannot be adaptive. E.g. no (or not enough) budget to hire the people when they need it, get the equipment and supplies in time, have the flexibility to try things out, etc. In this podcast, we explore with Bjarte Bogsnes how going beyond the budgeting constraints helps an organization achieve business agility. Though this journey isn’t for the faint of heart, companies like Tesla and Equinor (formerly StatOil) are doing this today – and are being very successful at it. 
  1. Beyond Budgeting Episode 1
  2. Agile in Sales Episode 3
  3. Agile in Sales Episode 2
  4. Agile in Sales Episode 1
  5. Agile @ Tesla Episode 11: Ways of working
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