Let’s say you just heard about Agile and you want to explore the topic with the aid of an external coach or trainer. Your decision-making process to hire an external consultant or coach is the best Agile assessment tool you can possibly use. Here’s the ugly truth! If your time to make a decision is:
- Less than one week: you might not actually need any help. You seem pretty agile as you are. Keep going!
- Between one week and one month: good thing you are thinking about getting some external help. You’re pretty agile but there's always room for improvements!
- Between one month and three months: Not very agile; there’s going to be a lot of work. Not going to be easy! But you have to start somewhere! With some consistent efforts and sustained change, you can improve this!
- More than three months: do you have any thoughts about going out of business? You should! But there’s always some hope! Sometimes unjustified, but hope nevertheless!
Replace “getting an external agile coach
” with any name you give to your decisions and that will tell you more about where you really are.