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Many people are aware of the concept of cold feet, but it tends to be used in the context of getting married, which makes you think of a long-term commitment. How many times have you gone into an organization that claimed they were ready to embrace agile, but when it came time for them to go for gold they got cold feet. Instead of the full Transformation Road Map being implemented as planned, the same one they had been excited about. They begin cancel meetings with you and cancelled avoid you in the hallways. If you manage to make a eye contact they will say they have been so busy and have been meaning to return your call.

As a consultant you read between the lines and begin the hunt for your next gig. Hoping you find it before the dread meeting. Which begins with I know we haven’t been able to meet, but we are changing direction, or our budget has been reallocated to another area of the company. Ultimately this translates to get your agile stuff out  of here without post haste.  Like a no fault divorce both partners agree to part ways as friends and talk through last invoice and expenses timelines.

Sometimes the parting of the ways is not as friendly and bridges get burnt on purpose because no-one ever wants a way back.


1.       We are not ready to make the tuff decisions

2.       Too much change has to happen at once and I can’t get all the buy in I need

3.       The one key influencer didn’t buy in to  changing the model based on negative experiences they had with ‘agile’ in the past.

4.       The teams are pushing back too hard they fear they will miss their dates if they have to implement the agile framework

5.       We are not willing to make the investment in automation testing our  systems are too complex, all testing has to stay manual so maybe agile is for other companies and not us

These 5 points are just a very small subset of dozens of possible scenarios around a simple fear … it is too much too fast.



It is not magic fairy dust that allows you to soar with Peter Pan, but it is a technique to bridge the gap.

1. A change of mind must begin if you are ever going to change their heart.

2. Agile cannot be a foreign dialect, everyone needs to speak it and at the very worst comprehend it’s message.

3.  Operation Agile sprinkles should begin the minute you walk in the door. 

4.  You should embrace a mindset of activating and seeding as much Agile DNA as possible throughout the organization

Agile Sprinkles are like the magic beans that you plant to grow your clients agile tree



1. Do a free management over view of Aglie

2. Dumb down the agile framework and use everyday applicable terms to explain the framework like requirements instead of user stories, meetings instead of ceremonies.

3. Spend time with teams and give them hints and tips that can improve the way they do current things

4. Perform personality assessments  suggest Meyers Briggs, add value to each individual my introducing them to begin the empirical process within themselves.

5. Perform an informal culture assessment

6. Have value discovery conversations with leaders in the organization

7. Find the companies agile DNA (if it exists)

8. Start up an agile meet and greet and introduce a fun simulation that demonstrates an agile principle or too

These 8 things are funnels through which you can push Agile Sprinkles

Call out the Elephant in the Room


Let your clients know:

You are going to have fears

You are going to have conflicts

You are going to have lots of exposure

You are going to have finger pointing

You are going to have people leave

This is part of the agile journey

Bring Your Clients A Pair of Warm Socks Woven From The Fabric Of Agile Sprinkles and warm their feet to Change today.

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