People like me generally gets corporate assignments which can be summarized in one statement. "Make my Team Agile for better productivity". Post these assignments, we start understanding the work and come up with a plan to train and migrate the team to agile way of working.
The fact remains that I always succeeded in migrating the teams to agile way working but usually fails in propagate the agility to the management team.
Because management team generally thinks that agile transformation has nothing to do with them, it’s the teams which need to change their way of working. They want teams to be Agile and they must continue to monitor them as usual via status updated meetings i.e status quo for them.
There requirements will be met if post agile transformation all status update meeting (whether Regular / Ad-hoc) should give them better / expected status.
Unfortunately, Agile transformation is not just teams job and it not only meant to provide you better status of work. Its about changing your way of working, let go of inhibiting factors, having transparency and most importantly apply agility in day to day planning and thinking.
In Agile transformation, everyone related to the work should embrace agility and change their way or working no matter which part of pyramid you belongs to.
A team cannot be self organized and deliver things if they are bound by command and control. A status update meeting is a kind of command and control setup which fails agile. You need to be part of the setup where you give due respect to Product Owner, Scrum Masters and Self Organizing teams in respect to decisions they make. The very base of Agile breaks the moment management uses their authority to change and dictate things.
So if you are managing teams and want change, it should come from very top. Along with teams you also need to change (adapt) before you way of working can be truly agile.
Just a disclaimer that I am neither against not blaming the management. Just asking them to be flexible and lead from the front. Please be a leader than just a manager
Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things: Peter Drucker