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#95: Navigating Change with Precision with Steve Martin

April 24, 2024     35 minutes

Join Brian as he explores the Change Initiative Canvas with Dr. Steve Martin, a groundbreaking tool designed to streamline and succeed in organizational change efforts. Learn how to tackle change with clarity and strategic foresight.


In this insightful episode, Brian Milner and Dr. Steve Martin dive deep into the mechanics of the Change Initiative Canvas, a strategic framework developed to guide organizations through successful transformations.

They discuss critical aspects such as setting clear objectives, measuring impact, handling objections, and the importance of cultural alignment within the organization. Whether you're initiating small adjustments or major shifts, this discussion provides the essential tools and tactics to navigate change effectively and achieve meaningful, sustainable results.

Listen Now to Discover:

[1:10] - Brian welcomes Dr. Steve Martin, PhD, Certified Scrum Trainer®, CEO of Agility Guides, and professor at Franklin University and creator of the Change Initiative Canvas.
[2:38] - Steve unveils the intriguing origins of the Change Initiative Canvas, sharing the inspiration and journey behind its creation.
[4:38] - Steve breaks down the concept of failure, offering insightful strategies on how to interpret and learn from setbacks.
[7:00] - Steve delves into the essentials of recognizing when change is necessary by questioning the underlying reasons and observing the problem's impact.
[11:29] - Brian emphasizes how understanding the customer's immediate need for change is vital for navigating towards the right solutions.
[14:34] - Steve explains the delicate balance between thoroughly understanding a problem and avoiding the trap of analysis paralysis.
[15:24] - Explore your Agile potential with the custom Elements of Agile assessment, crafted by Mike and Brian to help you gauge your team’s current agility and identify opportunities for growth.
[17:17] - Steve emphasizes the significance of clearly outlining what success entails to align efforts and expectations across the board.
[20:29] - Explore effective strategies for navigating resistance and overcoming constraints during a change initiative, ensuring smoother transitions and successful outcomes.
[26:48] - Steve highlights the critical need to understand an organization's culture and outlines methods for accurately assessing it to ensure alignment with strategic initiatives.
[30:46] - Steve encourages listeners to connect with him on LinkedIn and explore the practical tools and resources available on the Agility Guides Resources page, designed to enhance real-world Agile practices.
[31:56] - Brian expresses his heartfelt gratitude to Steve for sharing his insights on the show, enriching the conversation with his expertise.
[32:34] - Continue the conversation and deepen your Agile knowledge by joining the Agile Mentors Community. Enjoy a complimentary year-long membership by enrolling in any Mountain Goat Software, such as the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).
[33:24] - Subscribe to the Agile Mentors Podcast and spread the word to anyone who might appreciate our discussions. Have feedback or an idea for a future episode? We'd love to hear from you—drop us an email!

References and resources mentioned in the show:

Steve Martin
Agility Guides
Change Initiative Canvas
Agility Guides Resources
Elements of Agile
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This episode’s presenters are:

Brian Milner is SVP of coaching and training at Mountain Goat Software. He's passionate about making a difference in people's day-to-day work, influenced by his own experience of transitioning to Scrum and seeing improvements in work/life balance, honesty, respect, and the quality of work.

Dr. Steve Martin is driven by a passion to help leaders excel, by leveraging extensive experience in orchestrating large-scale transformations and academic insights to empower leaders at all levels to navigate today’s volatile business landscape. From failed beginnings to leading successful agile transformations and teaching leadership principles, he guides executives and managers to lead with authenticity, humility, and a coaching mindset, ensuring both organizational success and personal fulfillment.