After I read this amazing book: Lean Management written by Jason Little, I have got plenty of initiatives to introduce changes to my clients but as soon as I accessed on http://leanchange.org/blog/ that is the website of the author I decided to start with this wonderful phrase:
“Changing yourself is difficult. Changing an organization? One might say impossible. And, Jason has written a handbook that allows you to consider ways to implement the impossible.
With the idea of feedback-focused change, you can change an organization, one small step at a time. He’s done it. You can do it. Let him show you what works and what doesn’t.
I love the stories. They ring true and follow what I know about change and people.”
According to an interview, did by InfoQ to Jason Little:
InfoQ: Recently your first book Lean Change Management has been published. Can you explain to our readers what the book is about?
Jason: This book is a collection of practices for modernizing how change is managed within today’s organizations. Many people, the Agile community, in particular, cite Kotter’s 8-steps as being a great model for managing change, but it’s almost 20 years old. The world of work is drastically different than it was back then. The traditional approach to change involves picking an off-the-shelf change method, planning it upfront, assigning a change team and then running into a wall of change resistance. I wrote this book to help people discover more effective practices for managing organizational change that are relevant in today’s fast-paced, digital world.
This book and other chats with Agile folks located in several countries around the world have confirmed that Agile or Scrum or Kanban will fail if the company won’t change its culture (or to get a real Agile mindset). Many times I saw that there are a lot of companies that want to follow Scrum because it is the trend, but they don’t think about improving their process or reduce their waste as Lean’s principles suggested.
To conclude, this book has a great group of resources but you don’t have to follow step by step, you only have to choose which one works for you.