Jeff is the author of Actionable Agile tools (available on Amazon, and direct from the author at bit.ly/aatbook). He joins us on this series of Q&A shows to answer questions you’ve submitted. You can submit your questions via our survey (short, about 2 min to fill-in) or by tweeting us @scrumpodcast with #agilejeff.
In this episode, we talk about getting management to be involved and buy-in to the agile transformation.
How to deal with resistance when implementing Agile
We’ve all been working with teams that when we suggest: “Hey let’s put our burndown on the wall for everyone to know where we are”, they go like: “nah, let’s skip that, we know what we need to do anyway, let’s just work.” Whatever change we try to suggest, we feel a lot of resistance.
Once, I asked feedback from the team about a retrospective, and one person wrote down “waste of time”. Auch! It’s like the team didn’t like transparency. I felt they didn’t want to work in their own pace, without estimating, without commitments, basically without taking more responsibility
It is as if every suggestion to improve our productivity were perceived as an attack on them for being slow. How do you help teams get the habit of trying out new things and putting that inspect and adapt cycle into practice?
Resources and tools
- We discuss Jeff’s story of the Door Calendar, a tool he has in his Actionable Agile Tools book.
- Jeff shares a talk he gave on “The Value of Options”, and available on YouTube.
- We discuss PopcornFlow, a method that Claudio Perrone developed. Claudio Perrone was on the Scrum Master Toolbox podcast before talking about PopcornFlow!
About Jeff Campbell
Jeff Campbell is the author of Actionable Agile Tools, a book with practical tools and practices to help you amplify your impact as a coach and Scrum Master
Jeff is an Agile Coach who considers the discovery of Agile and Lean to be one of the most defining moments of his life and considers helping others to improve their working life not to simply be a job, but a social responsibility. As an Agile Coach, he has worked with driving Agile transformations in organizations both small and large.
Jeff is also involved in the Agile community and is one of the founding members of Gothenburg Sweden’s largest agile community at 1500+ members www.scrumbeers.com, and he also organizes the yearly conference www.brewingagile.org.