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Last Post 05 Jun 2013 10:32 AM by Charles Bradley. 4 Replies.
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Ian Mitchell
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31 May 2013 01:34 PM
    Does anyone have any experience of using Jeff Sutherland's Shock Therapy approach? I appreciate the rationale behind it, and can certainly see it as being the best way forward for many teams. Unfortunately though, I can't quite square it with the expectations that my own clients typically have. Most simply don't have the appetite for very much in the way of shock.

    To be blunt, if I prescribed even a fraction of the practices that define Shock Therapy I very much doubt that clients would hire me. What they want is the opposite of shock; they want a gentle agile transformation that keeps difficult stakeholders on board, and which doesn't risk upsetting the apple cart.

    Reading between the lines, I suspect that Jeff Sutherland is able to "get away with" Shock Therapy because of who he is. Clients recognise the validity of his method because he is an actual co-founder of Scrum. They wouldn't accept those methods from the rest of us...or would they? I hope I'm wrong and that someone can relate their own experiences of using Shock Therapy.

    Jeff's page on the approach is here:

    http://scrum.jeffsutherland.com/201...teams.html
    alicemenezes
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    05 Jun 2013 07:09 AM
    As a nobody and no proven track record it can definitely get difficult to "get away with" shock therapy.

    http://www.agiledistributed.com/
    Ian Mitchell
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    05 Jun 2013 07:37 AM
    Hi Alice

    You are right, but in my case I'm a nobody who has plenty of track record. The problem is, my track record is in helping clients using a softly-softly approach. That's where the demand is, as far as I can tell. No-one seems to want Shock Therapy, at least not in the circles I move around in. That's a shame because I think it has a lot to offer.

    I suppose what baffles me is how Jeff Sutherland can get clients who have this sort of appetite for radical change. My contention is that it's because of his name as well as his track record. I hope I'm wrong and I'm just being too cynical, because if I'm right it would limit the application of a very promising approach.
    Charles Bradley
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    05 Jun 2013 10:32 AM
    This one's a pretty good one too -- especially when it talks about autonomy:

    http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/6685.html
    Charles Bradley
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    05 Jun 2013 10:32 AM
    Please ignore my above post -- wrong thread. My bad.
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