And he said:
Do not think about something that does not deserve thinking about.
Once upon a time, not too long ago (maybe two months), I participated in a two day course named Management 3.0 by great Jurgen. The last presentation was about change management. It really touched my mind! So that I promised myself to stop complaining and to try to become a change agent.
I loved my workplace and team and our products, but I was not happy with my bosses decisions. They were too busy to come and see our progress in making a great agile development team, and to talk about the products and the future of the team and company. All they were asking was about the profit and financial reports, in the bimestrial closed-door board meetings, which I had no way to attend.
But it had to change! I started to write 3 separate documents, pointing to the problems in 3 major categories of our managerial issues:
I was so satisfied about my documents. I sent them to the board and CEO, and I was waiting for a feedback from senior management…
… and it arrived! In couple of days, I got a clear message from the board: Stop your mission in the company right now, and hand over your duties and works to the other project manager of the company, tomorrow.
Somehow, my change mission was successful: the board understood that there is a problem within the company, and also the need to change. Although the change was at the opposite direction I suggested! They decided to remove the team’s autonomy completely, to throw away Scrum, and to reinforce the hierarchy, bureaucracy, and old command-and-control style project management instead.
Well done! The message was clear, and I can leave them now, with no doubt or regret.
Some lessons learned:
Now, I have this chance to act as a potential change agent or agile coach in more development teams, and to apply my findings in this 2 year Scrum experience in more apt contexts.
Theme: Esquire by Matthew Buchanan.