Addition to the Social Contract
Readers of the post A Social Contract for Agile might recall the recommendations to the executive championing Agile roll-out amidst layoffs: Commit to invest in Agile training ; apply the training to employees who might be affected by forthcoming layoffs just as you apply it to those likely to be kept with the company.
Yes, the institution is in dire times, and we have to so something about it. One of the things we have to do (having taken some care to reshape our cost structure everywhere) is to eliminate some jobs, including yours. Having said this, we still have an implicit contact with you. Are there other ways to develop your potential that do not stand in the way of developing the potential of the company?
These words of wisdom are anchored in an overarching view of the employer-employee relationship in an enlightened class of companies de Geus calls river companies. I would contentd his words could be effectively used in any company on two conditions:
- The Agile executive is 101% sincere. He/she will do his very best to implement this modus within his sphere of influence.
- The company understands and accepts that the benefits of the Agile executive doing so exceed any downside legal risk.
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