Friday, June 23, 2006

 

Evolution

The usual first problem with change is the question of "what happens to the old one?" Whether it's a process, a technology, a solution, a religion, a name, a pet, or anything. Comfort and familiarity with an existing entitiy or concept is something that prevents a lot of people and companies from change. Another thing that really prohibits change or jumping into change is cost and risk.

Cost is the amount of resources and effort required to perform or obtain a task or resource. It is usually monetary, but most usually it is more time than anything else.

Risk the likelyhood of loss or failure in acquiring a resource, investing time/money, and even emotional capital.

How do you introduce change so that it's 1) not so costly 2) not too risky or 3) more appropriate for what you need?

You evolve. For the next few posts, I will propose some ways of evolving your current processes, practices, and approaches so that becoming Agile is not as costly nor Risky as it sounds.

The only constant in the world is change.

Comments:
As long as you have open minded people in the company, and the injection of change is done in an iterative manner, the risk of screwing up a process instead of improving it would be more manageable. There's always risks on everything. How we manage those risks on doing changes will determine the outcome.

Some links that has been very useful when I'm proposing ideas when planning out a project:

http://www.agilekiwi.com/risks_and_rewards.htm
http://www.agilekiwi.com/contracts_for_agile_projects.htm
 
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