Today, I’ll be speaking with the UK’s leading Agile Coach and author of several books, Geoff Watts on Organic Agility and Change Management. Geoff’s mission is to help individuals create great teams by developing a culture of reflection, empowerment and engagement. Having started using Scrum at British Telecom, one of the first large-scale Agile adoptions, Geoff has since coached organizations large and small through their Agile journeys. As a Scrum Alliance Certified Agile Coach, Geoff can regularly be found speaking at both international conferences and local user groups.
We kick off this episode by chatting about the nuances of culture, how to assess culture, and the differences between transformation and change. We then move on to talking about a couple different models including Organic Agility, which we deep-dive into. Geoff shares his experiences and lessons learned about this framework. He discusses how to collect data, what motivational debt is, and what Organic Agility looks like in practice. Finally, we wrap up the episode by touching on the different ways information can be shared in an organization, how to approach smaller change requests, and some personal takeaways for Geoff. In this episode, Geoff referred to the Org Scan tool, his soon-to-be released Team Mastery book, and the Organic Agility website. You can connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and learn more about his work on his website.
[During] a lot of your life, you’re going through some kind of change, journey, [or] process. If you’re only really happy when you’ve got there, you’re going to be miserable most of the time. So, if you can enjoy the journey, then you’re onto a winner.GEOFF WATTS ON THE AGILE ATELIER PODCAST