On January 17, 2019. Transavia hosted a highly interactive event “Fit for the Future,” enabled by CIO Platform Nederland and the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA). After several valuable lessons from Transavia and ABN AMRO Bank on their Agile and DevOps journeys, I had the privilege to facilitate one of the break-out sessions on Organizational Design. The objective of the workshop was to share practical do’s and don’ts on how to drive true organizational change towards self-organizing teams, to deal with the turbulent markets these organizations find themselves in.
First, our group of industry leaders identified several bottlenecks, which currently block their organizations from adopting Agile and DevOps behaviors. Their main bottlenecks included:
After discussing these major bottlenecks, the group also defined multiple good practices to mitigate these potential bottlenecks, such as:
The group concluded that changing the organizational structure is a fundamental ingredient for sustainable change in an Agile or DevOps transformation. Without changing the underlying governance and management structures in an organization to support self-organizing and x-functional teams, it is virtually impossible to move towards any fundamentally new way of working. In other words: culture follows structure.
Principal Consultant High-Performance Transformations, Quint Wellington Redwood
Dave has been involved in numerous Agile and DevOps transformations as lead consultant, (management and team) coach and trainer.