Thoughts on Agile Transformations – What Does Success Look Like?

My friend sent me a picture that blew my mind. I mean, what a transformation!

Chinese Girl Makeup Transformation

This girl transforms… literally. All it takes is:

  1. TONS of makeup
  2. Artistry + Skill
  3. Time
But I had to think: “Is she healthy?” – Seriously. I mean, let’s think for a second. Let’s say she:
  • Smokes
  • Drinks a ton
  • Never exercises
  • And eats a ton of McDonalds
She still looks good, doesn’t she (subjective)? Or are we just covering up the greater complexities, failures, and systemic issues that plague her mind and soul?
OK. So what about “Agile Transformations” that are reported for companies around the world?
Are we really ‘transforming’ them? Or are we just covering up the blemishes and real continual issues that plague the company at large?

What Does Success Look Like?

So here is my question:

“What would you consider the bottom line success metrics for a FULL AGILE TRANSFORMATION?”

Is there a formula? There has to be some foundational “check marks…” right?

What would you say?

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5 Responses to “Thoughts on Agile Transformations – What Does Success Look Like?”

  1. DerDoubleD
    February 7, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Wouldn’t bei the agile manifesto a good list of check marks?

    Do we make sure, that we have/see/do…
    O Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
    O Working software over comprehensive documentation
    O Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
    O Responding to change over following a plan

    • peter
      February 7, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      right… but are you actually shipping VALUABLE software? if not… who cares if you’re doing the agile check marks?

  2. Irene
    February 7, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    If you could measure “Do they know enough about Agile to keep up transforming” than that would be it.

    • peter
      February 7, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      fair enough. i mean…. no one really knows what success looks like, or has codified it. interesting…

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