Earning trust (agile adoption)

yellow rope with knotIn order to adopt agile practices in any meaningful way, you have to change your organization.

This includes the members of the team, the people who describe and prioritize work, and the executives who hold everyone accountable for the outcome.

In order to drive that kind of change, you need authority commensurate with your responsibilities.

But you also need influence with people over whom you have no authority. Who may, in fact, have authority over you.

The best path to this is integrity. Be the same person in all contexts. Accomplish things for people. Keep your word.

Never assume you’re entitled to trust. Earn it. Work toward a shared definition of success and continue to earn trust as you progress through your change program.

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About Ken Judy

I am an executive manager, software developer, father and husband trying to do more good than harm. I am an agile practitioner. I say this fully aware I say nothing. Sold as a tool to solve problems, agile is more a set of principles that encourage us to confront problems. Broad adoption of the jargon has not resulted in wide embrace of these principles. I strive to create material and human good by respecting co-workers, telling truth to employers, improving my skills, and caring for the people affected by the software I help build.