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Four Principles, Four Cultures, One Mirror

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Click here for the slides of my keynote presentation today in Agile Roots. The following key points are made in the presentation:

  • The Agile Manifesto principles are considered timeless.
  • Application of Agile can create cultural duality/conflict. The core culture of the organization that rolls out Agile is not necessarily aligned with the Agile culture.
  • Successful application of the Manifesto principles needs to build on the strength of the specific core culture – Control, Competence, Cultivation or Collaboration – in the organization rolling out Agile .
  • Schwaber’s 75% failure rate estimate corresponds to attempts to change the core culture of an organization as part of the Agile rollout.
  • Success does not necessarily beget success in Agile rollouts. The interplay between scale and culture poses serious challenges to scaling Agile successfully.
  • The Agile infrastructure places a practical limit on the scope of the Agile rollout. Constituencies that are not able to use a joint Agile infrastructure are not likely to collaborate.
  • The fine points of one Agile method versus another are far less important to the success of an Agile implementation than cultural subtleties of the target environment in which Agile is applied.
  • Good Agile tools are likely to induce behavioral changes without necessitating major cultural pushes.

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  1. […] Reece Newman pointed out that good tools tend to be “culture neutral.” Hence, they can induce behavioral changes without necessitating explicit culture change pushes. […]

  2. […] This post was Twitted by littleidea […]

    Twitted by littleidea

    July 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm

  3. Clink for a summary of related opinions on the subject by InfoQ.


    Israel Gat

    July 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  4. […] One Mirror for additional details on the subject. A short summary of the presentation is given here. Related views are summarized by InfoQ […]

  5. […] recording of my Agile Roots keynote presentation is available here. In addition to threading the slides together, the recording captures the Q&A session that followed. Various questions and […]

  6. […] recente conferência Agile Roots, Dr Israel apresentou “Four Cultures, One Mirror”. Ele afirma que uma razão para taxa de 75% de falha pode ser detectada na medida da […]

  7. […] four core cultures identified by Schneider: Control, Competence, Cultivation or Collaboration. See Four Principles, Four Cultures, One Mirror for an approach to building Agile on the strength of whatever culture prevails in your […]

  8. […] requiring huge effort and significant time. At the Agile Roots conference, I met Israel Gat and he shared a different approach: work with the existing culture; don’t try to change […]

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