It's Hard to Get Better without Changing

Photo by Jim Cortez

Photo by Jim Cortez

It's hard to get different results if you're doing the same things over and over. And yet it's difficult for organizations to learn and work differently, despite the desire for better results.

A new introductory video about Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) was recently posted, and it's a great overview of the framework. Besides describing how LeSS works, it also has an important message halfway through:

Introduction to the LeSS Frameworks

Yep, change is going to be needed if you want agility. It makes sense, and deep down inside, we all understand that. In the moment though, change might not feel right. Or desirable. I am reminded of a quote from Edgar Schein in an interview:

Anxiety inhibits learning, but anxiety is also necessary if learning is going to happen at all.

Change often involves un-learning what we already know and learning something new. Thinking and behaving our way consistently into a new understanding. While this can sound scary and intimidating, it is possible to have established relationships to help us learn and develop our capabilities together--I've found it helpful to have friends on similar learning paths as me who I can turn to for support. Sometimes the best support is someone willing to listen as we work through the messy, confusing process of change.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.