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Is there an Elephant in the Room for Agile Transformations?
Our next ICAgile Lean Portfolio Management course is just a few days away
ICAgile’s Lean Portfolio Management (LPM) course might be the best solution to the problem of scaling I’ve ever seen.
We all know that scaling problems can cause all the good intentions of a transformation programme to fail.
If you dig down and see why this happens, some of the following are usually happening.
Lack of Executive Sponsorship and Support: Any major transformation requires the commitment of top management. Without strong and visible support from leaders, the organization may fail to see the value and resist the change.
Cultural Resistance: The proposed transformation emphasizes collaboration, customer-centricity, and continuous improvement. If the organization's culture is deeply rooted in traditional, hierarchical structures, it may be difficult to embrace these principles.
Insufficient Training and Coaching: The proposed transformation requires a significant investment in training and coaching to help teams understand and apply new principles effectively. Without this, teams can revert to their old ways of working.
Misalignment with Business Goals: The transformation should be aligned with the organization's strategic objectives. If the transformation's goals are unclear or not tied to business outcomes, it can lead to confusion and resistance.
Inadequate Change Management: Any major transformation is a significant change initiative that needs to be managed carefully to address people's fears and resistance. The transformation can fail if the change management aspect is ignored or poorly managed.
Rigid Structures and Processes: The transformation often requires changes to existing structures and processes to create a more flexible, adaptive organization. If there is resistance to changing these structures, it can hinder the transformation.
Overemphasis on The Wrong Tools and Frameworks: While tools and frameworks are important, the adopted methodology is fundamentally about people and interactions. Overemphasizing tools and frameworks at the expense of people and interactions can lead to a superficial implementation that doesn't deliver the expected benefits.
Impatience for Results: The transformation is a long-term journey, not a quick fix. Organizations that expect immediate results can become discouraged and abandon the transformation when they don't see rapid benefits.
These are like high ‘Elephants in the Room’ that remain undealt on most transformations.
The truth is most scaling methods don’t take care of the Elephants.
May I introduce you to ICAGile’s Lean Portfolio Management course? Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that it’s our best hope for helping agile Transformations succeed. Here’s why
ICAgile's Lean Portfolio Management (ICP-LPM) course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish, manage, and govern portfolios using Lean-Agile principles and practices.
This course is designed for senior executives and leaders, thus helping to ensure that top management understands and supports the transformation.
The course teaches how to create a Lean-Agile culture across the organization, which can help overcome resistance to change.
It gives a comprehensive understanding of Lean-Agile principles and practices,and covers topics such as Lean-Agile budgeting, Lean-Agile program management, and Lean-Agile governance, all of which are crucial for successfully scaling the transformation across an organization.
You learn how to align strategy with execution by connecting the portfolio to enterprise strategy, enabling organizations to deliver the most significant value.
Participants learn how to establish a Lean-Agile governance model and how to evolve traditional portfolio management processes, helping to overcome resistance to changing existing structures and processes.
While the course covers various tools and techniques, the focus is on Lean-Agile principles and practices, emphasising people and interactions. This makes it very different from teh SAfe LPM course.
Finally, the course teaches how to implement Lean portfolio management incrementally, enabling organizations to realize some benefits early while understanding that full transformation is a long-term journey.
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