Project Management

Why Everyone Should Be an Agile Champion

Who’s your organization’s Agile Champion? Is it your team that’s pushing a move toward Agile, or is it a senior executive who’s looking for change? Rarely is it both, and David Gijsbers of explains this is often the problem when adopting Agile. Having an Agile Champion means there’s also agile opposition, someone who is resisting the change.

However, adopting Agile isn’t a competition; it’s a collaboration that requires both team members and executives to work together toward an end goal. Without support from a senior executive, the team will only have limited success with Agile. It may seem to work for a while, but eventually roadblocks like limited tools or the governance structure will pop up and derail the entire process.

Likewise, a senior executive cannot implement Agile without the support of the team. If team members don’t understand the reasons behind the change, they will revert to old ways when faced with daily challenges. Remember that you might start with one Agile Champion, but the goal is to make everyone winners in the move toward change.

Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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