Nowadays, the word agile has baggage. Despite the amount of information out there, some still think agile means no planning, no process, and no documents. If you feel you have an agile mindset, it can be extremely difficult to work with those who “don’t get it”. If you look at the 4 values and 12 principles, agile is simple, and it’s not about the methods, or frameworks, or certifications, it’s about how organizations can figure out more effective ways to manage work and people. Some organizations will have more process than others, some organizations will use sticky notes, others will use tools. A friend of mine once said, “Agile helps people learn how to think in their own context”.
In this episode, I talk with Richard Atherton who’s been involved in the agile movement since 2000 and works as a leadership and management coach.
I began my career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, I moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises I collected along the way helped me realize that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.
In 2008 I attended an experiential learning conference (AYE) about how people experience change and since then, I’ve been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change.