Full-scale Agile Transformation Consulting – Our unique T4Pod model uses a cross-functional team of Business, Technical, Leadership and Transformation mastery coaches aligned and trained on our Integral Agile Transformation Framework™. Our coaches are trained and certified as professional coaches, leadership coaches, and in organizational change incorporating an integral model of thinking for a whole systems approach to transformation.
After getting a taste of the difference Agile can make to our customers and teams, we naturally want the same thing for our whole organization. The problem is, organizations are complex human communities, with overlapping and conflicting drivers and desires. To believe that a monolithic approach — no matter how brilliantly conceived — can fundamentally change an organization borders on naive. Researching the success rate for organizational change initiatives, we find a sad story, similar to the state of software development prior to Agile (perhaps even worse).
This fundamental failure in Agile transformation is vividly on display wherever we teach agile coaches, and when we look honestly at many of the transformations we have been involved with prior to this time.
For an organization to flourish in its use of Agile, many stars must align. From the mindset and attitude of key leaders and team members, to the exacting discipline of the engineering and customer practices implemented; from the culture and shared values of the staff, to the scaling and organizational structures designed to make the transformation real. There is a temptation to simply embrace the latest trending method, but nothing short of a thoroughly comprehensive rethinking will help us realize the change we seek.
A new approach to transformation is called for, an Integral approach, one that combines multiple disciplines, fundamental perspectives, and an uncommon ability to collaborate across boundaries of all kinds. With a combined 30 plus years in the Agile transformation soup — boasting some significant successes but also humbled by some real disappointments — we began to articulate this new approach late last year. As we tried to make it real, we discovered the need for our own organizational transformation.
Starting in 2016, we have begun the launch of a new organization called Trans4mation, designed to bring a new approach to the world of organizational transformations. Central to this effort is the Integral approach outlined in Michael’s book, Coaching the Agile Enterprise. Trans4mation is developing a variety of services, from leadership coaching and development for your senior leaders, to strategic transformational consulting to help you realistically assess what is possible given your organization, to on-the-ground coaching in all aspects of Agile success, including technical and team practices. All of these services are knit together into a philosophy of change leadership that believes authentic transformation is only possible when it comes from the top, beginning within the hearts and minds of the organization’s senior leaders. Trans4mation is pioneering a new way of working in the Agile transformation space, one that hopes to set an example in the industry for how it can be done successfully and thoroughly.
The first question is to understand how we can help. Learning about our offerings can begin with a free phone consultation to understand your needs and interests. Our full range of offerings includes Transformation Readiness Assessment, full-scale Leadership Development programs, and help with Team or Program Delivery Coaching and coaching capability within a broader change initiative of full-scale Agile Transformation Consulting.