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Agile is failing organizations!

February 15, 2024

It's become increasingly clear that a profound shift in philosophy is necessary for organisations to not just survive but thrive in today's fast-paced market. Through my experiences, both personal and observed, the reluctance to address the root causes of inefficiency and ineffectiveness within the organisational structure stands out as a critical barrier to success. This reluctance often stems from a fear of the unknown, a hesitance to step out of comfort zones, and a preference for the devil known over the devil unknown.

In my journey, I've witnessed organisations focus on peripheral issues—such as the implementation of ceremonies and the delegation of responsibilities—mistaking these for solutions to deeper, systemic problems. Such actions, while they may offer temporary relief or give the illusion of progress, do not tackle the fundamental challenges that prevent an organisation from achieving its full potential.

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A pivotal moment in my career was when I realised the importance of measuring what truly matters: return on investment, profit per team member, feedback loops, and market opportunities. These metrics offer a clearer picture of an organisation's health and effectiveness. However, the realisation that change must be both systemic and profound was accompanied by a significant personal regret: advising a CEO against making the bold, necessary reforms for fear of the immediate cost and disruption. This experience taught me that true change requires not only recognising what needs to be done but also having the courage to act decisively.

Key Topics:

  • The courage to address systemic issues
  • The illusion of progress through superficial fixes
  • The importance of meaningful metrics
  • The role of philosophy in driving organisational change
  • Learning from personal and observed experiences

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