The first play in the Agile Transformation Playbook, Sunshine, focuses on changing the behavior of the team members or organization first, with the assumption that changing behavior will ultimately lead to a change in culture. It’s called, “Sunshine” because it focuses on changing behavior, the leaves of the cultural tree, much like sun shines on leaves to fuel growth.
The “Sunshine” play loosely follows Lewin’s Change Model, which emphasizes unfreezing a team or organization’s current behavior, changing that behavior, and then re-freezing that behavior once you’ve achieved the desired result.
In order to implement the “Sunshine” play, you simply have the team or enterprise start to use agile practices. For example, if you hope the team will learn and use the Scrum Framework, bring them together and hold a Sprint Planning session. Follow that up with daily Scrums, and close it out with a Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective, just as described in Scrum Foundations eLearning and the Scrum Guide.
There are a number of factors that create an environment where the “Sunshine” play will work, including:
If two or more the the characteristics above exist, there’s a good chance the “Sunshine” play will be successful for you. However, if there’s resistance to agile or you have an aggressive deadline, there’s a good chance that a “Sunshine” approach will fail.