On June 17, 2020, I asked the members of the Agile Moose Herd, "What are some things you like to do when starting out with a new job, team, or organization? That is, what are some of the first moves you like to make?"
Here's my notes from their discussion:
- Do "observation interviews" where you ask the exact same questions to every person in the organization (per manager-tools.com). Some example questions:
- How is success measured in the organization today?
- Why do you personally want to adopt the Agile principles and values?
- What do you and your org need and expect from me as your agile coach?
- What metrics will you use to measure the success of the agile initiative?
- What’s your perception of the current org that perhaps are not shown through today’s metrics and reporting?
- What advice would you give someone wanting to come into this organization?
- What is the biggest challenge you or your organization faces today?
- Write your job description and submit it to the person who hired you, for their approval.
- Publish a README about yourself.
- Go in with authentic humility. Observe and learn before offering anything up. Build authentic relationships first.
- Rather than trying to make changes immediately, make a backlog of problems and opportunities you find, then prioritize the backlog.
- "Do no harm in the first 90 days." By the time the first 90 days is over, have a plan in place for the next 90 days.
- Create a perspective map using input from people throughout the organization.
Many thanks to the members of the Agile Moose Herd for providing the ideas in this article.