pseudomorph - belle and rock

Warren Buffet once inferred this interesting recommendation (paraphrased).

If you intend to run a belle - run a belle.
If you intend to run a rock concert - run a rock concert.
Don't market your belle as a rock concert.


Trying to transform into being more agile in isolation (at team level) without getting  top down support from rest of the organization is like belle and rock respectively.
Agile component within a big waterfall is a phenomenon that I call pseudo-morph.

pseu·do·morph
[soo-duh-mawrf] 
noun
1.
an irregular or unclassifiable form.


Scope, Cost and Time have long been known as key constraints for managing projects. In the quest for responding to change over following a plan - an alien set of practices evolve over time. Unless the transition stays within the principle guidelines, the resultant is a pseudo-morph. 

The next time you see an evolving practice in your context - try it with a long term principle based view and keep re-evaluating the value. Sometimes - it is better to pivot, take a step towards a new practice with an open mind to accommodate evolutionary change. 


Growth brings inherent challenges to the speed of change. 



Organizations tend to box themselves into a virtual constraint that forces them into big ship mode.

A clear demarcation of belle and rock concert is inevitable to meet the audience's expectations. However, a combination could result in a new genre some day.

No harm in trying. Who knows, we might invent a synergy (belrock). 

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Thank you very much for the insights and suggestions.

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