The third step is to Release Agility in your organisation.
Your goal as a manager is to free, unlock and release the agility in your organisation. To move smoothly and quickly towards your goals.
Agility follows the overcoming of obstacles that stand in your path. As you free more agility you discover more problems, and solving these will release more agility.
The cycle continues forever. There are always more problems than can be solved. The trick is knowing which ones stand between where you are now, and your True North.
No agile framework will help you do this.
Here’s what I recommend instead.
1) You paint a picture of where you and the organisation is heading. Your purpose. Your True North. The reason society needs what you offer.
2) You identify the real reasons why you’re not there yet. What’s stopping you? Once you’ve done this, build a plan to overcome the obstacles and problems. This is a strategy.
3) You build the right team to get it done. If you cannot look around your team and say “This is the team to get it done”, then you have plenty of work to do:
4) You identify, model and communicate the behaviours that you want in your organisation. The culture of the organisation is nothing more than group habit – how people behave every day. Underneath every agile framework that succeeds, are people behaving in certain ways. Why not skip the framework and go straight to the behaviours?
5) And you learn your way through the journey. There is always a way to be better. Mistakes are opportunities to make you and the company better.