Deconstruction is a difficult word to pin down. Roughly speaking it means to dismantle (an object, text or idea) in order to reveal what is inherently described, and perhaps hidden from sight. Deconstruction is not demolition, as the process is done with care and thoughtfulness, and with the express purpose of creating something new, something perhaps closer to the essence strived at by the original. The word is most commonly used in literary criticism, re/building, and more recently by individuals within faith communities confronting the creeds and dogma they have been raised on, in a quest for a greater truth.
A Quest for Truth
In our context, it is perhaps the quest for a greater truth that most resonates. The term Agile (with an uppercase A) has come to mean just about all things to all people. From its humble roots in the manifesto for agile software development the word, and variations thereof is now common in such phrases as Enterprise Agile, Business Agility, Agilify, Agilist, Agile Coach, Agile Project Manager, Agile Thought Leader, and even embedded into heavyweight frameworks such as SAFe.
It's time to deconstruct "Agile", to look at what is inherently described, to tease out, to discern, to refine, and ultimately to rescue the term, and its original underlying ideas from the inevitable collapse as it slowly bows under the accumulated weight of excuses, justifications, half-measures, force-fitting and downright lies.
This workshop does not offer solutions, and certainly no pre-defined framework, model, pattern or process. And no manifesto! The day is designed as an exploration, or perhaps an excavation, using the tools of metaphor, confrontation, humour, storytelling and poetry.
Working in small, amorphous groups participants will deconstruct what they have so far inherited—and in some cases built for themselves—to unearth a shared understanding of the essence of agility and its value in organisational change, and then to rebuild each for him/herself a model of hope, a structure to extend and customise with future clients.