DANIEL MEZICK on OPEN AGILE ADOPTION
OPEN AGILE ADOPTION
Note: This was the KEYNOTE session of the Global Scrum Gathering in Paris, France on 9/24/2013.
Most Agile adoptions are struggles, and often miss the opportunity to really make a big cultural change. The fact that typical Agile adoptions are mandated in the command-control style might be a factor. Another factor correlated with difficult adoptions might be the fact that the people who do the work have no say at all the selection of Agile practices. Another factor might be the fact that imposing Agile practices on a team is contrary to Agile principles and has been from the very beginning, according to Martin Fowler. We can do better.
Open Agile Adoption (OAA) is a repeatable technique for getting a rapid and lasting Agile adoption. It works with what you are currently doing, and can be added at any time. It incorporates the power of invitation, Open Space, passage rites, game mechanics, storytelling and more, so your Agile adoption can take root. A hypothesis of Open Agile Adoption is that increases in engagement drives increases in productivity, after a brief delay. The purpose of Open Agile Adoption is to increase levels of engagement on the part of everyone involved.
The core concept of OAA is the rite of passage, or "passage rite". A passage rite is a cultural event (and a kind of social game) that helps people who have membership make sense of complex social transitions. Agile adoptions are complex social transitions.
We'll cover the origin story of Open Agile Adoption (it begins in Boston), cover the concepts and facilities of the method, and take your questions. This presentation is the same one delivered to the 400 people attending the Global Scrum Gathering keynote by Daniel Mezick on 9/24 in Paris France.
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