Missing Pieces of Traditional and Agile Best Practices

Solution Framework: Part 0

Let’s accept it 
Your current best practices no longer support today’s Business Agile goals
The Missing Piece of Traditional Best Practices

When challenges are complex, we break them into supposedly manageable parts. This works great for assembly lines, skyscrapers or bridges. It works great because almost everything needed can be clearly specified. But what when things are complex and cannot be clearly specified? Then, it creates silos. Nobody feels truly responsible for the tough challenges outside the silos and the failure of linear processes.

Even Today’s Agile Best Practices Struggle in Moving Beyond Their Silo

What’s missing with agile best practices:

  • The acceptance that two decades of implementing unsuited practices into traditional best practices, standards, processes, strategies, IT applications and into our very thinking, just won’t go away by implementing or scaling up agile best practices. 
  • The requirement to make internal communication, decision making, and strategy management operate at the speed and reliability of a high-speed train.
  • The acceptance of phenomena such as tipping points, virtual capacity bottlenecks, butterfly effects and the endless number of testing scenario’s.

Ignore these points and they will hit you. Use them and most of your transformation risks are gone. 

One often seen approach to go about these matters is downplaying the magnitude of this problem. Instead, we prefer to accept high project failure rates. Haven’t we seen this before, with yesterday’s best practices? 

We have Lost the Ability to Ask Guiding Questions

Somehow, we have lost the ability to ask guiding questions. When we ask them, it’s usually too late:  

  • What are the lessons learned? What are the do’s and don’ts?
  • How can we see that your solution is solving the root cause of this repeating problem once and for all?
  • Is there a different solution that delivers a better result at a fraction of the costs and risks? 
  • How do we know your solution proposal is executable at acceptable costs and risks?
  • Okay, you have made a mistake. What are you going to do to prevent this problem from re-occurring?
Traditional or agile best practices: The missing pieces are falling into place.
We need to fill the gaps in our solution thinking