I have been working more and more with Executives recently both from within IT and external to IT; CIOs, Executive Directors, Directors, and Senior Managers.
In these sessions curiosity about agile has been piqued, which has led to wanting to learn more.
In the main this has been due to their focus on software and delivery, not to say these aren’t good focal points, but that they do not seem to resonate with those at the top of the organisation, and certainly not with those outside of IT.
Inspired by the work of David Anderson, I have used (in addition to the manifesto and declaration) a new set of principles that provoke executive thought.
On the left side I state the principle, on the right pose alternative questions if we choose to keep the status quo.
I’m not suggesting we need “yet another manifesto” or more dogma, but I have found this resonates with executives, challenges them and gets them thinking.