Start With The End-to-End In Mind

No matter how good IT gets in using Agile, their efforts will be wasted if the change to Agile starts and ends with IT. Agile is no longer an IT thing. Agile is now a Business thing. No matter how fast and efficient IT becomes, the overall business will fail if the rest of the business doesn’t change alongside IT.

Change is a team effort focused on a common goal and shared skin in the game. If the case for change or your “why” doesn’t conjure visceral urgency for all in the business then you’ve got the wrong case for change. If your change is led by only a few zealots or change champions then the rest will create drag. The speed and effectiveness of your change will grind to a halt.

For your business to unlock the full value and potential of Agile, the entire business from end-to-end needs to change. Everyone needs to be engaged from the beginning. You won’t succeed unless everyone succeeds.

Sub-optimization is evil – focus on global optimization.

Start with the end-to-end big picture.