Thursday, April 4, 2013

Making Change Happen

We must make people change, and we hope we know the direction. And we hope we know the specific changes.
In Scrum, we believe in big changes, in kaikaku.  This happens when we first implement Scrum.
And we do smaller changes, also. Kaizen.  We do them as impediment removal, for example.
Changes is easy in a way.  They must change, it is clear to you.  And your ideas are good.
But change is usually hard also. You feel like you have no power. They want to stay the same. They want to change a different way than you propose.
So, the first pattern is that you become an Evangelist.  You want to get people to change. You start with ‘Ask for Help’. Get others involved.
You want to get some traction. Use ‘Just Do It’.  And get started in a small way with your change.  You want to explain the change to more people. Use ‘Personal Touch’ to make it the change specific to those you are working with.
See more patterns and ideas in Fearless Change.  Or read here.
We cannot emphasize too much the importance of adding change upon change. Incremental change. Compounded change.  This is the way to 5x-10x improvement.

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