Agile Adoption – DIY or get some help?

Eugene LaiMon, 05/06/2019 - 13:13

There is one store in which I try to avoid spending a lot of time – Home Depot. You may be able to figure out why. As you may have guessed, I’m not a “Do-it-yourself-er”, meaning that I’m not very “handy” around the house. This is because I have personally experienced too many situations where my attempts at home projects cost me more time and money than I had ever anticipated; I have learned that there are some things that are best left up to “experts”.

Agile transformation (or adoption) is one of those tricky things that many organizations feel they can “do it themselves”. Some organizations believe that “Agile” is so simple that it should not require investing in expensive consultants who have no understanding of their environment or culture and try to apply a cookie-cutter, boilerplate solution that anyone can download off the web. Depending on the type of Agile adoption desired, it is indeed possible to succeed without external help. The key questions to answer are:

  1. What do you hope to accomplish by adopting “Agile”?
  2. What problems are you trying to solve?
  3. What does success look like for you and your organization?

If you can answer these questions without hesitation, then you may be in a position to take on a bigger role in the adoption approach. However, if there is uncertainty on the vision for this initiative, you may benefit from getting help from experienced professionals who can guide you through this potentially frustrating and costly effort.

Regardless of which approach you decide to take, it is usually educational to assemble a small team to pilot the change and see how it works within your specific organizational context; this will provide insights into what change may be possible, as well as the level of support you might get.

If you do decide that you need help, ASPE has a full Agile Training Curriculum and offers Agile Coaching and a Consulting as well.