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March 9, 2011

“Company Change Deck” Series: Card #11

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Creating the Guiding Coalition / Right People / People on the group are supported – sponsored by the Stakeholders

When the group is assembled, we need to ensure that they are getting the right backing from the Stakeholders and deciders of the change.

“Are these people supported and sponsored by the initial Stakeholders’ group who sponsored the change?

Real life exampleReal Life Examples

NegativeIn one company, I saw a group forming in order to manage and push the companies agile transition. It was apparent after a while that this group was not fully supported or endorsed by the initial Stakeholders and deciders of the said transition. The group was eventually left with very little repeated sense of urgency from the top, and entropy finally caught up with them. In the end, they too stopped pushing for the change as they felt completely isolated.

PositiveAt one of my past clients, the primary Stakeholders were so much behind the group that was setup to drive the change that hey requested a daily update in the form of a Scrum of Scrums. They were especially interested in the blockers that they could help resolve, and they did their best to get these out of the way. The net result for the Guiding coalition was a greater recognition form the rest of the organisation, the recognition that this thing was going to happen and that the people on the Guiding Coalition were empowered for it.

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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