For many organisations, it feels natural to rely on tried-and-tested processes. But these cumbersome legacy procedures can often prioritise protecting teams from blame over delivering outcomes.
Is the answer to do away with the concept of blame, full stop?
According to the Agile delivery pioneers at CDG, a no-blame culture — one of the cornerstones of the Agile delivery model — encourages teamwork and delivery. And, while some more traditional managers might cringe at a perceived lack of accountability, that can actually be a strength.
When a traditionally managed project goes off the rails after years of large-scale investment, CDG’s experts explain, it can take a career or two with it. But the stakes are much smaller where Agile is concerned.
As they write in “Why Agile Should Rule Your Business Life”: “With Agile a ‘win fast, fail fast’ approach provides an early opportunity to learn and reassess, with minimal impact on progress and proportionally restricted cost.”
Ultimately, they write, the strength of a no-blame culture is in the freedom it gives your staff to innovate.
The guide continues: “Irrespective of what methodology is applied, it is people that deliver results, so giving them the freedom to pursue those results can only make them more effective — this is what the Agile mindset offers.”
How to encourage a no-blame culture, along with 11 other principles of Agile, are explained in “Why Agile Should Rule Your Business Life”, a one-stop guide to utilising the power of Agile for every change, challenge and project management task.
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