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Agile Leadership Guide: Let the Teams be Self-Organized

To plant the seed of consistency among teams during agile transformation, aim for bringing uniformity among teams. The industry has become burdened with processes, techniques, methodologies, and tools, fallen under the agile umbrella.

In this article at Tech Beacon, Anthony Crain explains that the demand for consistency among teams is an anti-agile pattern as the methodology allows teams to be self-organized.

Inconsistency is the Best Bet

Take a look at the lean methodology, it suggests exploiting inconsistency which means look for variations in the practices and results, and figure out the root cause behind them. Make good repeatable patterns and share them among teams and capture the bad patterns to share them as well, along with the results they lead to.

In the end, organizations that demand consistency will have no variability to exploit. Agile teams that state consistency is no longer their goal, tend to be more experimental and open to innovation. However, if the teams are forced to be consistent with established agile practice, they can easily dismiss any new ideas that might be better than the present approach.

Training Suffers Too

Some clients do not support a change in training in a bid to have a consistent experience among the staff who have taken a certain version of training before. Even though the ratings on the training are low, the clients stick to consistency over quality.

An agile approach would be to try and test other training courses on a subset of people and measure the results. But as you explain the fact to the clients, they would say they wish to remain stuck to the consistent training as if the new class is better.

Consistently progressing towards a low-quality endpoint may look better in metrics than starting all over with a fresh solution. If agile leaders cannot pivot a training course, it is unlikely they will have the ability to pivot the overall business landscape shifts. Click on the following link to read the original article:

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