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Agile has become quite the “buzz” in the business world the last few years. What does it mean to work in an agile environment? In our first article, you will see it is time to shift our thinking when managing change...Change Management: Moving at the Speed of Agile. Because the pace for change continues to accelerate across organizations, the need for agile change management that is adaptive, iterative, flexible, and fast will continue. In our second article, learn the 10 laws of Agile Change Management (taken from our book Managing Change in an Agile World).
 
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Change Management: Moving at the Speed of Agile
by Shannon Long, Consultant at Change Guides

In our fast-paced world of change, Agile has become quite the “buzz” in the business world the last few years. When the concept of agile first originated in the early 2000’s, it referred to technology specific projects. But, as the pace of business has accelerated over the last 20 years, companies are now connecting the term agile to fast and active ways of implementing change.

What is Agile? Imagine putting a traditional linear change management project into a washing machine on the spin cycle. Rinse and repeat. And you have an agile project, small incremental changes that are implemented over and over again in a cyclical fashion.

There is an advantage to using the agile approach on all types of change management projects. Many of the principles can be applied within current business infrastructure.

While both traditional and agile projects aim to achieve the same goal of providing solutions to improve business outcomes, the ultimate outcome of agile projects is to provide the customer with ongoing delivery of solutions rather than one final solution.

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10 Laws of Agile Change Management Methodology
by Shannon Long, Consultant at Change Guides

Agile change management is the planning and execution of change management practices that encourage flexibility and speed. Even in fast paced change environments, people still have a need for control, understanding, support and purpose. When these changes are happening swiftly and repetitively, there are specific approaches that need to be integrated. These are what we call the 10 laws of Agile Change Management.

  • Maintain Focus on People - Remember even in an agile environment, it is all about the people. There should always be a focus on what people need to feel control, understanding, support and purpose.

  • Pay Attention to Leadership - Even in an agile environment, leaders are the most important element to successful change. In an agile environment there will be a need to for more frequent executive conversations and leadership responsiveness to micro and macro communications will increase.

  • Balance Involvement with Speed - In agile environments it is tempting to narrow focus on stakeholder involvement for the sake of speed. But having broad involvement will help combat resistance, build better solutions, and ensure sustainable adoption of changes.

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