In today’s market, working in an agile way is practically a prerequisite to be able to keep your business healthy and growing. But to work that way, you haven’t and shouldn’t do it in a hurry. There is this popular saying in Brazil: “haste is the enemy of perfection”. And like many other sayings, it tells us a truth. Agile Culture can show you why.

In many of the activities we do in a hurry, the results are terrible. Have you ever tried to cook in a hurry and cut a finger? Did you ever wash clothes and forget to put the soap? I am sure that at some point, because I did something in a hurry, I had adverse results or even had to redo everything from the beginning.

There are many examples showing that. When we rush any action, the chances of them going wrong are much bigger. That is why acting with planning and at the right time is essential.

This saying goes for when we are transforming our company’s culture into a more agile one. Personally, I have seen companies that rushed things too much and had disastrous results. In wanting to implement this mentality in a hurry and without preparation, many end up forgetting the first principle of the Agile Manifesto: “Individuals and interactions more than processes and tools”.

But how do we know that this change is being made hastily?

The signs are clear:

  • This whole decision came from a higher hierarchical level and is being imposed on other levels;
  • Team members are having to change the way they work from one hour to the next, without a transition period;
  • The transformation process is not being gradual, with small changes, but with the desire to change everything at once.

As a result, we see a team finding itself lost. Members who previously had a good performance, today are unable to deliver. We also see managers without knowledge of the agile world doing micro-management, as opposed to the freedom that an agile culture brings to employees. This is the result, above all, of poor planning and the rush to reap results without adequate transformation.

Implanting the agile culture in your company should not be a rushed process. The first step in implementing it is not even to start changing the way people work, but to educate them about how they work. Educated employees who understand the reason for the change are more likely to embrace it, rather than deny it.

This cultural change cannot be pushed down the throats of employees, they have to buy it. “Responding to change rather than following a plan” is another value of the Agile Manifesto.

When traditional management methods are used, planning is done in a more plastered way, but in an agile company, it is done in a way that the company can respond to changes.

Why should I choose Agile Culture?

One of the main benefits of having an agile culture is the increase in the employees’ sense of belonging. Do you really think that this would happen in a company that would change the way of working from one hour to the next, regardless of what those involved think? The imposition of a new way of working is just as harmful (if not more) than working with old and not so effective methods. Real transformation depends on cultural change.

So don’t be in a hurry: it is worth taking advantage of this short transition period to have superior results in the long run. You will see that, with a more thoughtful and smooth approach when implementing agile methodologies, the results come over time. The important thing is to be ready to start, make mistakes, learn and always evolve. Nobody starts out perfect, so always try to evolve.

How can I start making this change?

If you are new to agile methodologies, or even if you already know and would like to evolve, we at Roads have the perfect content for you. In our papers you will find everything about management, Scrum, OKRs, Milestones and many other things that helped you to take the first step. Don’t hesitate to get started! It’s simpler than you think.

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