Les Grove, Catalyte
On the road to agility, there are organizational impediments (“potholes”) that teams could run into if not removed. An agile coach could be brought in to help the organization identify and resolve those potholes. But where should a coach look to find the potholes? They could attend and observe countless ceremonies and interview dozens of team members. But it is time-consuming and difficult to discover organizational-level impediments. A better approach is to use an agility assessment tool that easily and quickly captures data about multiple teams and guides coaching strategies.
This paper describes Catalyte’s Agile Coaching Center of Excellence process to build a simple agile assessment methodology and tool that can assess teams and their organizations. The assessment tool started as a document-based worksheet that teams incorporate as part of its retrospectives. It evolved into a spreadsheet that added scoring and measured changes over time. Then a survey form was used to better capture individual responses. The coach collects and analyzes the results from multiple teams and visually compiles the data providing pictures into each team and the organization simultaneously; helping teams at the enterprise level by identifying team and organizational impediments.