Impacting company culture: Why you should start small and be consistent

Impacting company culture: Why you should start small and be consistent

By: Anton Podokschik & Jérôme GrimmComments: 0

Most organisations have implemented Agile ways of working across their entire enterprise. However, establishing an Agile culture is a bit tricker. This culture, grounded in flexibility, collaboration and continuous improvement, is not merely a set of practices but a fundamental shift in mindset. This is why currently the topics behaviour and culture change gather momentum in organisations. It is a journey that requires commitment, strategic thinking and the right tools. One such tool is “the little book of Agile Wisdom”, which provides practical quotes interpreted in an Agile context along with actionable team exercises to cultivate a robust Agile culture within organisations.

Understanding Behavior and Culture Change

Behaviour and culture change within an organisation is a complex process that involves altering the underlying beliefs, values and practices that drive employee actions. Traditional change management often falls short because it focuses either solely on the human elements or on processes and structures. To create lasting change, it’s essential to engage with the hearts and minds of people but also being able to put the methods into context, fostering a sense of ownership and intrinsic motivation.

The Role of Agile in Culture Change

Agile methodologies emphasise iterative progress, customer collaboration and responsiveness to change. These principles naturally align with the needs of modern organisations to be more adaptive and innovative. However, adopting Agile practices without addressing the underlying culture can lead to superficial changes that don't stick. True agility requires a cultural shift where every team member embodies Agile values.

"Wisdom of Agile": A Guide to Transformation

"The little book of Agile Wisdom" is designed as a behaviour and culture change tool that provides not just inspirational quotes but also practical exercises for Agile teams. Each quote is carefully selected and interpreted in an Agile context, followed by a team exercise aimed at embedding these values into daily practices.

For example, consider the quote: “Alone we go faster, together we go further.” In an Agile context, this highlights the importance of both individual excellence and collective collaboration. This quote fosters appreciation for individual contributions but also reinforces the concept of interdependence.

Exercises for Building an Agile Culture

The exercises in "the little book of Agile Wisdom" are designed to be simple yet impactful. They encourage open communication, continuous learning, and mutual respect. Here is an example:

Autonomy-Alignment-Compass team exercise: The exercise aims for a team reflection of their work with regards to alignment and autonomy. The objective is to reach consensus on the ideal balance between autonomy and alignment. This fosters a positive atmosphere and reinforces an autonomous yet aligned way of working among team members.

The Power of Micro Habits in Behaviour Change

While overarching cultural shifts are essential, they are often driven by smaller, incremental changes in behaviour. This is where the concept of micro habits comes into play. Micro habits are small, simple actions that, when performed consistently, can lead to significant behaviour change over time. They are the building blocks of larger habits and cultural transformations.

In the context of Agile, micro habits might include:

  • Daily Reflections: Encouraging team members to spend a few minutes at the end of each day reflecting on what went well and what could be improved.
  • Regular Check-Ins: Implementing brief, informal check-ins between team members to foster continuous communication and collaboration.
  • Consistent Recognition: Making it a habit to regularly acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of others, reinforcing a culture of recognition and gratitude.

Integrating Micro Habits into Agile Practices

Integrating micro habits into daily Agile practices can significantly enhance the effectiveness of behaviour change initiatives. Here are a few ways to incorporate micro habits within an Agile framework:

  1. Start Small: Introduce one micro habit at a time, such as a two-minute gratitude session during stand-ups. Gradually, as the team becomes comfortable, layer in additional micro habits.
  2. Be Consistent: Consistency is key to forming new habits. Encourage team members to practise micro habits daily until they become second nature.
  3. Celebrate Small Wins: Recognize and celebrate the adoption of micro habits to reinforce their importance and motivate continuous practice.
  4. Adapt and Evolve: Regularly review the effectiveness of micro habits and be open to adapting them based on team feedback and evolving needs.

The Impact of Agile Culture and Micro Habits

Organisations that successfully cultivate an Agile culture through the adoption of micro habits often see numerous benefits, including increased employee engagement, higher productivity, and greater innovation. Teams become more resilient and adaptable, able to navigate changes and uncertainties with ease. Moreover, a strong Agile culture can attract top talent who are looking for dynamic and empowering work environments.


Behaviour and culture change are critical components of Agile transformation. By focusing on the human aspects of change and leveraging the power of micro habits, organisations can create a sustainable shift towards agility. "The little book of Agile Wisdom" serves as a valuable resource in this journey, offering not just inspiration but practical exercises to embed Agile values deeply within the organisational fabric. Embrace the wisdom quotes within its pages to drive meaningful change and cultivate an Agile culture that thrives on continuous improvement and collaboration.

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