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Find your path to agility with Renee Troughton

earthAgile and Lean have come a long way for the last ten years, but I feel there is a barrier that we cannot break through without a dramatic disruptive force. For years I have been wondering what could drive this. I had hoped that Stoos could have been a means to this change, or that continued and persistent adoption of Agile and Lean would result in it, but I hold little hope for these being the avenues to it. I know they will, given enough time, but I hold a fear that the continued models that our government and teaching system uses will not result in a change in my lifetime. And my even greater fear is that by then it will be too late.

I met recently with one of the worlds leading climatologists and asked deep questions regarding our future as a race. There is clear evidence that within one hundred years it will be on average ten degrees hotter across the globe. If you thought that I was wrong writing ten and not five then make no mistake – they are telling the media five degrees so that it doesn’t cause massive panic and so that they don’t appear to be fear mongering, but the real expected figure given current global politics and policy is ten degrees.

With ten degrees there would be widespread drought. Half of the planet would be inhabitable. Ground level railway systems would fail. Heat stroke related deaths would be significant. Imagine how we would live, how much we would have to seek travel out of the sun, how much extra energy we will be burning to make ourselves cooler. I have children and I want them to be able to have a future where they can enjoy being outside.

I want a world where the politicians listen up and start to address this problem. I want a world where the people within it get to have a voice beyond an election every few years. I want a less apathetic world.

Where I have seen Agile transformations highly successful is ironically when they have been driven from the top – a desire at the upper levels of organisations to create a new culture.

So I want a massive disruptive change, something to address this problem. But how?

I have some ideas, but I am keen to hear yours – do you think a disruptive change is needed? If so, what do you think can be done from it, different to what we are doing now?

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2 thoughts on “The growth of Agile, chasms and disruptive force

  1. Hey Renee,

    I tend toward the side of optimism in regards to some of these thing. Yes it take ages for things to change, especially in governments and teaching systems because they are so well established in traditional approaches for learning, but I attended a conference at the end of last year (Creative Innovation 2013 @ciglobal), and the problems you discuss were all raised.

    Yes there are no clear solutions as yet, but wow were there some inspiring people doing amazing work in the area.

    I particularly found @stephenheppell extremely encouraging as he spoke about what the UK was doing around new learning environments – open collaborative learning spaces designed by the students that would learn there as well as new University courses targeted around enabling collaborative learning by people with different skillsets learning about things they wanted to.

    Sounded very being agile to me :)

    So I’m hopeful.

  2. Ho Lee Kow says:

    Not sure the nexus between agility and climate change is….

    You don’t have to be agile to save the whales or the planet, nor is being agile going to save the whales or the planet

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