As I finish the agile project management book (Create Your Successful Agile Project), I am working on what stays in this book and what I use in the agile management book (next up after the PO book).
That leads me to this question: What do you call a transition to agile approaches? Is there a correct term?
Here’s what I’m thinking right now and I’m totally open to changing my thinking:
Transition to agile: to me, it means a transition from planning for predictability to planning for predictable deliveries. In other words, it’s the delivery of value again and again that allows us to replan again and again. This requires a change in thinking. Maybe I should call this a transition to agile thinking? (Am I the only one who thinks this way?)
Agile transformation: We transform the organization to working and thinking in an agile way. We transform the culture. For me, this is such a big idea, I don’t see it happening. I don’t even think I know what it totally means. On the other hand, agile approaches are a cultural shift from how people thought and how they organized to new ways of thinking and organizing.
Agile adoption: To me, this is about adopting an agile mindset and values. On the other hand, I’ve seen too much bounce-back when people (especially managers) talk about agile adoption. They tend to think of agile approaches as yet another project management life cycle.
Do you use another term? Do you find its baggage acceptable? Please let me know what you think the “right” term is for an agile transition or transformation. Thank you!