The Three Jobs of Agile Management (Part 4)

Tip 4 – Use the Agile Management Canvas as a guide to Agile adoption or transformation. 

After explaining the basics of the model (three jobs, two sides), share the canvas with a group that is interested in adopting an agile approach. Have them provide their subjective input into which elements on the canvas are the biggest impediments and accelerators to getting the benefits of an Agile approach by giving everyone a single red sticker and a single blue one.

(Note – while you could use red and green as more closely aligned to the stereotypical good and bad evaluations, 1 in 12 adult males are red-green colorblind, so switching to blue helps avoid confusion).

Each person gets one vote on the element that they think is most enhancing their ability to realize the benefits of Agile and one vote for the biggest impediment. See where the clusters of Red are, and pull that card out. Use that as the starting point for organization impediment removal.

Have the group talk through the current approach and how the element is aligned or not aligned with the three key principles of Agile Management:

  • Move authority to where the work is being done
  • Be mindful of complex systems
  • Create safety and engagement

You could use an approach like A3 problem solving to define an experiment in improving that element to more align with those principles.

Download Peter’s Three Jobs of Agile Management PDF for an infographic of the three jobs to help in your Agile management journey.


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Peter Green

Peter Green led a grass roots Agile transformation at Adobe from 2005 to 2015, starting with his own team, Adobe Audition. His influence includes the teams behind such software flagships as Photoshop, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver and Premiere Pro, as well as dozens of internal IT and platform technology teams and groups like marketing and globalization. His work was a major factor enabling Adobe product teams to make critical business transition from perpetual desktop products to the subscription-based service, Creative Cloud. His hands-on Scrum and Agile training and coaching at all levels of the organization including executives, helped lay the groundwork to shift teams from two-year product cycles to frequent delivery of high-quality software and services. He is a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), instructional designer, coach, facilitator, and a popular speaker at Tech, Agile, and Scrum conferences.

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