Using SCRUM to deliver transformation projects

In volatile and multi-crises business environments, most companies struggle to adapt. Delivering transformation projects using the Scrum framework enables better collaboration, autonomy of teams and faster adaptation to change.

  1. Delivering change in incremental improvements is suitable for all businesses.
  2. Mindset change is critical.
  3. Focus on the people that are willing to change, instead of forcing SCRUM on them.

Many companies struggle with adaptation in volatile business environments. While quite a few companies have picked up on the ‘Agile’ trend, some of them still mask their daily chaos as ‘agile way of working’.

To apply agile methodologies, and SCRUM in particular, one needs to accept certain success criteria. Scrum helps to create transparency about the state of the organisation. It holds up a mirror. You might not like what you see, and you can ignore it by not looking into the mirror, but it it’s simply reality.

Barry Overeem from ‘The Liberators’ puts forth an insightful perspective on the potential success and obstacles of embracing SCRUM. With the right mindset, this effective agile methodology can help to shorten the feedback loop, quickly validate assumptions, deliver value to stakeholders and improve collaboration. However, in order for this to be achieved there must be a collective ‘ownership’ of solutions. It is not enough to get the team or management ‘excited’, it must be embraced and adapted fully – only then will it be successful. The real challenge lies within the organisation itself and true adaptation requires people to take the initiative to drive change. If people are not willing to ‘own’ the solutions to the problems, implementation will ultimately fail – organisations should therefore focus on those people who are willing to make a change.

For the full version of the article, please visit Barry’s Medium page:

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