Agile Change: A Value and Principles Approach
“The way forward is paradoxically not to look ahead, but to stop and look around” – John Seely Brown
We’re obsessed with finding the next big change approach. The problem is, you already have what you need.
It’s easy to be distracted by the latest agile-whatever, but few stop and look around to see what’s already there.
This book is about how you can use your three greatest assets as a change agent: your eyes, ears, and brain.
Through a mix of practical tips, and inspirational stories, I’ll guide you through how to translate the agile manfesto away from a software-focus, and toward a change-focus.
After that, it’s up to you to take action.
* Get it free by joining my global community at association.leanchange.org
About This Book
While restoring a backup in August 2020, I found an old Vellum file that I wrote in the summer of 2019. I wrote it within a week and spent 3 days with my good friend grammarly polishing it up.
Traditional thinking says, create an idea, find a publisher, pitch it, spend a year or more and a whole lotta loot only to find out no one wants to buy what you’re selling.
Much like my first book, Lean Change Management, this one was created lean startup style!
This is Beta 0.1 of this book and it’s digital only right now. It’s on it’s way to Amazon in print version and a Spanish version will be ready for digital delivery by September 2020.
You can be one of the first public early adopters to check it out!
What You Get:
- PDF, Kindle ePub/Mobi, Nook/Kobo/Apple Books ePub, and generic ePub versions
- 3 months access to the global community at association.leanchange.org (you’ll get an email after purchase with details) which includes:
- 3 months access to changewayfinder.com
- extra tutorials and content via the community site
If you’ve read the book, you would have discovered a secret word in Part V – Change Wayfinder. Enter the site to add how you would adapt the agile manfesto, values and principles, to fit in a change context.
I began my career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Fun fact, one of my first big projects was on a team that built the newsletter engine for Harlequin Romance Novels! Of course, this was before the Mailchimp days.
Over the following years, I evolved into a project manager, manager, director, agile Coach and consultant, although I do still get to write code from time to time. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought me to realize that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.
In 2008 I attended AYE, an experiential learning conference about how people experience change. You’ll hear a lot about AYE in this book.
That completely changed how I think about 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. I wrote Lean Agile Transformation: A Guide to Organizational Change in 2011 and Lean Change Management in 2013.
Since 2014 I’ve spent most of my time traveling to over 12 countries, training thousands of change agents, and working in all sorts of companies.
One pattern became clear. Those that followed a framework or playbook couldn’t move change forward. Those that started from a place of values and principles did.
This book is about how you can translate the timeless Agile Manifesto into a powerful set of values and principles, that when you believe in them, become the only co-pilots you need to move change forward in your organization.
This book is about how you can how you can change how you think about change and I hope inspires you to be the best agent of change you can be.