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February 9, 2011

“Company Change Deck” Series: Card #10

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Creating the Guiding Coalition / Right People / We have a group of people willing to be the Champions for the Change

A group of influential people needs to be put in place in order to push for the change to happen. This group can be made of the initial stakeholders we discussed before.

“Is there a group in the company who is taking on the role of actively pushing and championing this change, on the ground?

Real life exampleReal Life Examples

NegativeI have seen many organisations where stakeholders were  strongly behind the introduction of Agile. However, very often, the same people cannot bring themselves to work as a team. This can lead to great misunderstanding and a definite reduction in the perceived sense of urgency for the rest of the organisation.

PositiveIn another company, the fact that a group was taking on the change and the fact that this was made visible to the rest of the organisation re-inforced the sense of urgency. We’ll see later that for the best effect, the guiding coalition needs to be made of people who are both respected and knowledgeable, as well as influential in all areas that need to be.

Other Resources and LinksAdditional Links and Resources

The complete deck (in English or French) + user guide can be downloaded on the “Card Decks for Agile Transitions” page.

How to use the cardHow to use the card

The card represents a positive acceptance criteria we want to pass. That is, when looking at the card as a positive statement, is your answer YES or NO in the context of the change you are undertaking?

PassIf the answer is YES, great! Make sure to periodically revisiting the card and checking that you can still answer YES to the question.

FailIf the answer is NO, the card acts as a goal to achieve. It then becomes a token for conversation between the people involved in leading that change. The conversations around this card need to cover the following:

  • HOW are we going to pass this “test” (i.e. respond with a YES to the question on the card)?
  • WHAT tasks do we need to undertake?
  • WHO is going to do these tasks?
  • WHEN is this going to be done?

Passing an acceptance criteria requires some form of planning and tracking. I recommend that the person or people working on passing these acceptance criteria use Agile planning, tracking and continuous improvement techniques.

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