The four day Prosci Change Management Conference I attended last week was an eye-opening experience. I guess I’ve been living a bit of a sheltered life, because it came as a shock to find almost no mention of the principles of Agile development in the twenty or so sessions I attended.
As a matter of fact, I think it would be fair to say that most of the problems that Change Management attempts to mitigate are caused by the underlying Waterfall-like approach of the change initiatives. For instance, most conference presentations described projects that did not substantively include end-users and stakeholders in the design and development of the change in question.
I’ve started putting together a white paper that will translate the Agile paradigm into the language and context of Change Management. For now, here’s a little video animating some of the sketchnotes I took at the conference.