At Danube we’ve observed in the course of our work doing Agile transition consulting at various organizations that it’s not enough to dump a bunch of principles and practices on a group and walk away letting new Agile inductees fend for themselves. Let’s call this the “big dump up front” approach. Rather, for principles to take root and be effective in practice, it takes a long-term approach where newly introduced principles and practices are reinforced highly periodically. Our approach to Agile transitions reflects this principle because we believe a transition can only take root when long-term mentors are integrated with teams and management for months or years.
In fact, this long-term approach to consulting is in fact more Agile; rather, than trying to achieve the conversion in one swoop up front, we work iteratively revisiting areas that need attention and shoring up.
This seems self-evident and obvious to me. It’s interesting then that most consulting organizations still prefer the “big dump up front” approach.