In the world of gardening, a “cutting” is a branch that has been cut off of a plant so that it can be replanted to grow an entirely new plant.
In agile transformation terms, “Cutting & Re-planting” is very similar. An existing branch of an organization, such as a team, department or division, is separated from the main organization. Then, the new branch is trained and coached in agile so that agile can take root. Once the re-planted organization demonstrates a high level of agility, functions and staff from the existing organization are gradually transferred to the “re-planted” group, until all functions of the organization are now agile.
It’s important to note that “Cutting & Re-planting” does not advocate terminating individuals — unless these individuals have made their own decision to leave. Instead, they are re-planted into the new organization, where agile is unencumbered by the old organization’s structure and rules.
The “Cutting & Re-planting” play has a number of strengths in an organization where skeptics of agile exist at all levels, such as:
Cutting and Re-planting works well for multiple reasons:
There are some notable disadvantages to calling the “Cutting & Re-planting” play, including:
Stated simply, slice off a branch of people, change it & re-plant it, building an agile organization around the "re-planted" team.