Dear MT listeners,
I am a big fan of the Develop a sense of Urgency in your team cast. I have applied it successfully in my previous role and I can confirm its effectiveness. Thank you Mark and Mike for the unvaluable recommendations !
I would need an equivalent concept for a different context : agile project, part of a significant change effort of the organization towards lean practices and employee empowerement.
As you may imagine, I ask your help because this change initiative does not progress ass planned, the team delivery is significantly below the expectations, and I think Parkinson's law is in part responsible for this.
Indeed, in this new approach, there are no intermediate deadlines, only the sprint timebox which is one month long. Furthermore, most tasks are not assigned to a team member, but they are rather part of the "team's" backlog, which make is virtually impossible to assign responsibility for a missed global deadline.
What we observe since several months now, is 20% of tasks do not get done, and that despite the product owner having lowered the bar in terms of requested features.
If you've had a similar experience, can you please share how you went about it?