Good at the team, not good above. What do we do?

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John Fletcher
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Look at the root causes. Good at the team, not good above isn’t necessarily saying that there is a management problem. It is most likely more an organizational problem. Maybe companies should decide if they are first Lean before deciding to become Agile? Recognizing and dealing with the impediments up front would help smooth an Agile transition. But, that is nearly impossible for companies to have enough insight to do. So, instead, we try, learn, and improve. To me this is the only process that will get you there. But, do most companies have the attention span to make it happen? Were they sold that this would be the process when they started?

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Max Guernsey
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John.
Your comment ” Good at the team, not good above isn’t necessarily saying that there is a management problem. It is most likely more an organizational problem.” is a great insight.

Agile’s over focus on the team does not significantly provide insights on how to solve these organization problems. This is where Lean’s holistic approach which implies a driven from business value and self-organization within the context of the business is required. While admittedly this is a central part of our approach at Net Objectives your question and our offline conversations have made me realize there is no one place that brings all of these concepts together – will have to work on that 😉

What you say implies the need for one of two approaches:
1) get management bought in
2) have those who are bought in spend time on showing management why they need to be bought in by tracking the appropriate metrics that would do that

More coming 🙂

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