Clear as Mud — Attaining Real Transparency in Agile

How transparent are you? How transparent is your team, your organization?

We all know that transparency is an essential aspect of Agile development, but do you really understand just how critical it is?

  • Not sharing impending issues soon enough
  • Working on a problem by yourself without telling anyone
  • Keeping vital info to yourself (self-preservation)
  • Builds trust and strengthens relationships
  • Helps us make better decisions and promotes better feedback
  • Helps ensure we are more aligned with each other and fosters a culture of higher engagement — employees who trust that their leaders are open and honest will engage at a higher level, feel more ownership of company goals, and work harder
  • Reduces risk and surprises
  • Increases accountability
  • If you are in a leadership role, demonstrate transparency yourself — make it clear that transparency applies to everyone.
  • Have the difficult conversations needed to move past issues. Ignoring issues doesn’t make them go away.
  • Don’t “wing it”; if you don’t know the answer to something, don’t make up an answer just to keep your ego intact. Instead, say you don’t know, then help find the answer.
  • Share information freely — don’t keep vital information to yourself.
  • Tell it like it is (whether good or bad). Don’t sugar-coat it; don’t “green-shift”.
  • Involve others in decision-making where it makes sense and it doesn’t slow down the process.
  • Communicate quickly when things change.

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Agile Alliance is a nonprofit global member organization, supporting and serving the Agile community since 2001. AgileAlliance.org