Organisation change in disguise


There is a lot of tweets in the Twitterverse about changing organisations, people, processes. Not too long ago I was a consultant with “change everything” mind set. I was also surrounded by like minded people. We tried together in our crusade against bad, bad things in software development industry. I don’t feel we have achieved substantial success.

After many attempts I realised the biggest problem that we have never tackled properly. PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF CHANGES. This rather simple psychological thing has no technical or economical background.

However, there is something I observed during my attempts at the place I work.


On the other hand I observed that adopting different approach in the place I work at the moment produces better results.

I started as usual with the same consulting spiel of “we need to change“. Even with the people who saw problems it was hard to convince them to change. I got a little bit demotivated at work.


Coming back from holidays gave me new energy and new will to tackle problems. This time however I change the spiel from “we need to change” into “how about I improve this thing by doing that“. I found that in most cases there was very little resistance for improvement. Very often I tried to hide the change behind the innovation.

So, my little advise is: don’t change where/what you can’t. Disguise the change behind innovation and improvement. The change will happen by itself, the difference is: people won’t be scared of it. It also goes much better with management as they fear big bang changes the most.


Flex your Agile backbone

Today I would like to write a few words about the recurring theme I observed at work. I call it a “Stiff AGILE backbone”.

With some  of the practices and processes, learned over time, we tend to stop thinking and ask questions if they are appropriate in the situation and if they work. Our agile backbone is kind of a stiff and we are keeping the same position all the time.

It is important to REMEMBER that we need to keep an open eye into what we are doing, what are others doing, identify things that we could do better and execute the improvement.

It doesn’t make sense to keep the same posture only because it worked few times before and it will work again. Every project is different and every project should evolve into “perfection”.

“No change is bad” Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe

Cheers,  Greg