Leading Change – the 8 Steps to Sustainable Change

John P. Kotter wrote 11 years ago a bestseller: Leading Change. In this book Kotter described an eight step process to create sustainable change. 

  1. Establishing a Sense of Urgency
  2. Creating the Guiding Coalition
  3. Developing a Vision and Strategy
  4. Communicating The Change Vision
  5. Empowering Broad-Based Action
  6. Generating Short-Term Wins
  7. Consolidating Gains and Producing More Change
  8. Anchoring New Approaches in the Culture

I read this book a couple of years ago and was thinking, that this sounds great but it is far from reality. Today I know he was right. Most Scrum implementations fail because of not following these 8 steps. 

My most successful implementations had been the ones in which we could deliver quick wins and in which the team felt a sense of urgency.

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