agile transformation often struggle to communicate change. Employees wonder if these new ways of working really apply to them. It's easy for people who have been in a place for years to view established practices as "common sense". Some expect "agility" to happen around them. The basic tenets of a collaborative way of working are not immediately understood. Unless the sponsorship for deep and pervasive change is made clear, organizational gravity will ensure that a transformational effort is unlikely to gain traction.
One thing an organization can do to make new practices clearer, and to communicate high-level sponsorship for change, is to give people a brief guide which they can refer to. This shows that the organization is committed to achieving greater agility, and cares enough about its employees and associates to have produced a handy guide to help them along the journey.
This is where The Agile Buddy Guide comes in. The general elements of agile practice are laid out in a clear format*. It can be printed out in A4 or A5 size, and spiral or comb bound to lie flat on people's desks.
The guide is designed to satisfy the following acceptance criteria:
Given people need a clear way of working
The Agile Buddy Guide is configurable, a starting-point for communicating the agile way of working your organization has decided to sponsor. As such it may be downloaded and edited as you see fit. As a minimum, you should replace the place-holder signatures on the cover page with those of your actual transformation rollout team members, including the sponsor.
This guide has been produced by Ian Mitchell as a freely available public domain resource. The guide is in MS Word format and is approximately 2.5 Mb in size, and around 17 pages in length.
*The companion video presentation, Scrum in an Hour, may also be of use.