Success with Agile by Working with the Willing

by Daniel Mezick

Most agile adoptions face significant issues, impediments, and roadblocks. The low rate of genuine, lasting change is now a well-understood reality of agile adoption. Questions discussed in this webinar were:

  • Are we happy with these results?
  • How do we improve these results?
  • Is increasing the rate of success with agile adoption programs as simple as working with the willing — the "motivated individuals" as described in the Agile Manifesto? If so, how can we implement this idea at an enterprise-scale?
  • What is the process? What are the specific steps?
  • How do we actually do this?
  • Where are the experience reports?

We answered all of these questions, in detail, in this webinar. We also enumerated four very specific, incremental steps to implementing this idea. Finally, we investigated a specific methodology called OpenSpace Agility, which employs this technique.


Daniel Mezick

Daniel Mezick is an expert on extending adaptive Agile culture beyond software. His books and workshops teach you how. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Daniel’s list of clients include Capital One, Intuit, Cigna, Siemens Healthcare, Pitney Bowes, Harvard University, and dozens of smaller enterprises. His first pioneering work on culture was published in 2012; The Culture Game described 16 specific patterns that extend Agile ideas across the organization, beyond software. The Culture Game describes a very clear, step-by-step program for doing exactly that. In 2014 he built upon The Culture Game patterns and formulated the OpenSpace Agility method. OpenSpace Agility is a flexible template for enabling lasting change in your organization. Daniel is the primary author of the The OpenSpace Agility Handbook with co-authors Louise Kold-Taylor, Deb Pontes, Mark Sheffield, and Harold Shinsato. Daniel’s enterprise consulting practice is built upon the core concepts found inside these books. Daniel conducts workshops based on these books, and also offers enterprise Agile coaching, Agile training programs for teams, and management consulting.