70 % of all transformation initiatives are significantly challenged or fail altogether. One of the main reasons is that an Agile tranformation consists of two parts: process transformation and people transformation and many organizations overlook the second part.”— John Kotter, author of Leading Change
This quote appeared in an email I received earlier this week as a follow-up to attending Agile 2015 in Washington, DC. It’s always nice to see two parts come together into a whole. I’ve been working in the people transformation space with Kotter’s model for years now and I’ve enjoyed my eight month introduction to Agile. This fall I’ll be carrying the message in this Kotter quote around the globe.
The following week, October 5 through 9, you can join me at the Agile & Lean Development Conference in Penang, Malaysia. Conference registration details will be posted soon. Comment on this post if you want more details.
If you’d have told me a year ago that I’d be where I am today or planning for this busy fall, I wouldn’t have believed you. I guess that proves, even to a seasoned change agent, that the future can surprise you. With 70% of transformations still failing, I’ve got lots of work to do and thankfully, I love doing it.