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Candidate Post DONE Criteria:

  • Must support the TWAA Vision and the TWAA Goal
  • Must focus on the “ENGAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL” idea.
  • Post must *focus* on engagement and raise the topic, instead of simply hash-tagging the Meme.
  • Remember, our goal is to shift the conversation towards the idea that ENGAGEMENT IS ESSENTIAL and must come first.


“We have an agile Dream Team. And many other non-performing agile teams. Why this huge difference?“, a worried manager asked me last month.


“Did the non-performing teams get any choices?”, I asked. 

“Did you ask for their opinion? Did you 🅔🅝🅖🅐🅖🅔 them?” 

“Maybe they have better ideas for how to organise their work than just doing this agile thing because they were told so.”

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿:

“No, they were told to work agile. But they could choose between Scrum and Kanban.”

“And so was the Dream Team, but they didn’t have a problem with that”, the worried manager continued.

Well, I think you know where to look for the problem now.
ENGAGEMENT is essential.


“Transformations can’t be accomplished without others helping voluntarily, & people don’t help unless you engage them first.”
-Geoffrey Moore, from his book, ZONE TO WIN. 

Wow. I came across this quote from Geoffrey Moore the other day. What do you think?

Can any organizational transformation happen without engagement?

Is that even possible?

Is employee engagement essential to getting ANY success at all with Agile? If not why not?


I’ve have been noticing lately two things: 

1. Real change happens when the people (which includes managers) ENGAGE in the change

2. The Agile frameworks don’t even mention that employee ENGAGEMENT is essential to success. This fact and this entire topic just completely omitted.

Anyone else noticing this?


Engagement of employees is essential to any lasting material change to the organization…

So the real question is not “what framework to use ?” but rather, “how do we engage everyone in the process of change? “

I think we need to acknowledge this: that employee engagement actually comes first.

Engagement is essential.

There is no success with Agile until the people affected actually ENGAGE in the change!

It seems so obvious doesn’t it?


Candidate post:

#engagement = f (you want to make it true)

We have all seen the famous formula of

#behavior = f (people, environment) 

which highlights the impact leadership can make by serving to create the best environment. 

Yet, to create the conditions for true ownership for success by anyone in the organization we also need to clarify and hold up the purpose (WHY). So if people want to make it true, magic happens. As everyone engages driven by intrinsic motivation.