Adopting a new development methodology is less about process change and more about attitude change. The binder is useful, but the mindset is vital.
Much of my work over the last few years has involved helping organizations “adopt” Agile. It is, after all, a poor, unloved orphan and needs to find a good home. The key to whether the new approach sticks doesn’t seem to be affected by how many checklists, process maps or charts of roles and responsibilities we provide; what matters is whether an organization can adjust their collective and individual attitudes.
There’s a great quote from the 14th Dalai Lama that says:
“If you donâ€™t like whatâ€™s happening in your life, change your mind.”
Beyond the double meaning of “if you don’t like it, decide to like it” is the more important idea that to change your behaviors you need to change your thoughts.