Reorganizations are notorious for being "a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization" (credit to Charlton Ogburn). Yet in many cases they are necessary to create the cross-functional, self-organizing teams that succeed the most with the agile mindset. Because reorgs are so painful, many teams and organizations are reluctant to look at team structure at all, and the agile journey is over before it even begins. The result? Organizations and teams are siloed, hierarchical, and process-heavy. If an organization is structured right, it can create fertile ground for a truly agile enterprise. This talk will outline how to approach reorgs for agile teams and minimize the pain using change management techniques.
Katy Saulpaugh is an expert agile practitioner who has implemented culture and technology change strategies at all scales for private, public and nonprofit clients in the US and Europe. She specializes in agile coaching and facilitation, and has enabled clients to become more agile at the team and organization level. She has also developed solutions to drive adoption for IT and knowledge management projects using online communications, instruction design, and employee engagement approaches.