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Jul 29, 2022

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Christine Bush, a brand new Agile thinker.


In this episode, Dan and Christine are discussing Agile Transformations. As Lyssa Adkins describes, an Agile Coach is someone who has seen lots of different success and failure patterns over time. Change is never easy, and that is the reason why Dan And Christine are diving deep into the necessary features of a well-conducted Agile transformation.


Key Takeaways

  • What is important when an organization is looking for an Agile Transformation?
    • Transformations have to come from the top and leadership has to be committed to them.
    • The leadership has to be ready to invest in education for the Team members of the organization and to guide them through the Transformation.
    • Transformation cannot be an option.
    • Middle-level managers are key to a successful Transformation, they need to be trained and guided in the process.
  • What is next after the training is over?
    • Agile Coaches are crucial in this stage since the application is a whole different story.
  • Change can be scary.
    • Let’s experiment, instead of thinking about it in terms of winning or losing.
    • Keep your eyes on the goal.
  • Are some other roles instrumental when transitioning?
    • There could be a lack of clarity on some roles at the beginning.
    • All Team members are working together to deliver outcomes in short cycles with rapid feedback loops.
    • The business stakeholders help with the requirements but sometimes they get confused by the new events.


  • “Don’t just give them the title, buy them the tool, and expect the Agile process to work.”


  • Organizations want to be Agile but they don’t give them the necessary coaching and facilitation that people need to be successful.
  • Providing support is what enables Teams to become self-organizing and successful.
  • Be patient; small victories can get a long way.


Mentioned in this Episode:

“What is Agile Coaching?” by Lyssa Adkins

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, by Jeff Sutherland


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