June 13, 2016

Work Agile

BY :     June 13, 2016

turkey thanksgivingBy now you undoubtedly heard of the whole Agile trend or working in Scrum teams. In my opinion a lot of companies try to evolve into a company with an Agile mindset, an Agile way of work, and most of them choose to implement Agile by working in scrum teams.

The thing I find interesting is that the start of this transformation, or evolution if you will, comes from the management of these organizations. Somewhere in an ivory tower where the management resides the decision is made to “work Agile”. You and I both know that management have no idea what this is, means or implicates.

Simple example: various studies show that anywhere between 20 and 30% of the “workers” are unsuited for working in an agile environment. Thus they will not develop, let alone adapt, the Agile mindset. Is management prepared to lay-off that amount of people, and far more important, is the company ready for such a shake-up?

The contradiction is beautiful in a way. Management is top-down saying “We must do Agile, we are going to work in scrum teams tomorrow” while scrum (among other Agile methods) tells us that up to sometimes 3 or 4 management layers are no longer needed when truly adapting this way of work, or living even. Project managers, (some) test managers , team managers, deployment coordinators, release coordinators, department managers……the list goes on…..are all redundant and thus waste.

Off course, ignorance is bliss, until the hammer drops. ‘Wait a minute, does scrum mean I am going to lose my job? My well-earned, respected management job’.
At this time they begin to frustrate the transformation, sabotage the evolution if you like. If they succeed at doing so, Agile (or scrum for that matter) will fail and they will point and say: ‘see, I told you so’ or since they are management, they will say: ‘I informed you thusly’

So at the tipping point of knowing what Agile is and understanding Scrum (knowledge they should have had in the first place) they become the turkey giving advice about what to eat on Thanksgiving……guess what that’s NOT going to be.

Bon appetite!

Hans Lantink


Hans started his IT career at Sogeti Netherlands. He grew consistently from junior test engineer to his current role of senior test consultant. Hans has a passion to share his knowledge with colleagues and therefore he is a regular teacher of Agile, Scrum, DevOps and various communication trainings within the Sogeti Academy. Within Sogeti Hans developed several different training courses and with the upcoming of the Agile movement Hans has specialized in the “human side” of Agile and working in Scrum or DevOps teams. With his new and sometimes provoking ideas and insights he inspires colleagues and challenges them to form their own opinion.

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