The Challenge of Agile Methodology
Change is the key to success. And this became very apparent during the 2020 pandemic crisis, where the “normal” shifted and companies had to adapt to the change to survive.
This is where agile transformation comes to, as a way to drive responsiveness and adaptability. But agile adoption is not without its challenges. In fact, Jeff Sutherland (the co-creator of Scrum, one of Agile’s tools) says that 47% of Agile transformations fail. Lack of leadership support, inability to drive commitment in all levels of the organization, incorrect application of popular methodologies, and the unwise hurry to finish the transformation process are some of the reasons why many agile transformations end up not working out. As such, organizations need to take the agile strategy to all levels of the organization – from leaders to collaborators – and understand that at its basis, agile is not just about using the methodology's, but it is an organizational culture transformation.
But it is not only at the level of processes that resistance to Agile is found. Being a methodology initially created for the technological sector, Agile is created for rapid and constant innovation, which shocks people and organizations based on the "traditional" and whose processes, and culture become obsolete when facing this new Agile culture. This leads not only to a need for re-skilling — to adapt to new processes — but also to a fundamental shift in the mindset of people who look at these new processes with skepticism.