Why is it important to Align Habits when Leading Scaling Agility? (Culture Series part 2)

Siraj Sirajuddin / Jun 30, 2023

Next, we look into aligning Habits. Aligning habits when leading Scaling Agility is important for several reasons:


  1. Consistency and predictability: Aligning habits ensures a consistent and predictable approach to work and decision-making. When individuals and teams have aligned habits, they develop a shared rhythm and routine that promotes stability and reduces variability. It helps create a dependable and reliable environment for scaling agility initiatives.

  2. Reinforcing desired behaviors: Aligning habits with the principles and practices of Scaling Agility reinforces the desired behaviors and mindset. Habits are deeply ingrained patterns of behavior that shape how individuals and teams operate on a daily basis. When these habits align with agility, it reinforces the agile mindset, values, and practices, making them more deeply embedded in the organization's culture.

  3. Efficient and effective execution: Scaling Agility requires efficient and effective execution of work. Aligned habits ensure that individuals and teams have established routines and practices that support the agile way of working. When habits align with agility, it streamlines processes, improves productivity, and reduces waste. It allows for smoother and more consistent execution of tasks and deliverables.

  4. Continuous improvement: Aligning habits supports a culture of continuous improvement within the organization. Agile practices emphasize learning, reflection, and adaptation. When individuals and teams develop habits of regularly reflecting on their work, seeking feedback, and making adjustments, it fosters a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Aligned habits enable individuals and teams to identify and address areas of improvement systematically.

  5. Team collaboration and cohesion: Aligned habits promote collaboration and cohesion within teams. When team members share similar habits and routines, they develop a sense of camaraderie and understanding. It creates a cohesive team culture where members can work seamlessly together, anticipating each other's actions and supporting one another. Aligned habits enhance team dynamics and foster a sense of unity.

  6. Change management and adaptation: Scaling Agility often involves significant changes in how work is done and how teams operate. Aligned habits make it easier to manage and adapt to these changes. When individuals and teams have habits that align with agility, they are more open and receptive to change. Aligned habits provide a foundation for embracing new practices, adapting to evolving requirements, and embracing the iterative nature of Scaling Agility.

  7. Leadership modeling: Leaders play a crucial role in leading Scaling Agility. When leaders align their own habits with agility, they become role models for others. Leaders who consistently exhibit agile habits and behaviors inspire and influence others to do the same. Aligning habits as a leader demonstrates a commitment to the agile principles and sets the tone for the entire organization.

  8. Reinforcing accountability and ownership: Aligned habits support individual and team accountability. When individuals have established habits that align with agility, they take ownership of their work and responsibilities. Aligned habits reinforce a sense of personal accountability and commitment to delivering high-quality outcomes. It promotes a culture of responsibility and empowers individuals to take initiative and make decisions aligned with agility.


In summary, aligning habits when leading Scaling Agility promotes consistency, reinforces desired behaviors, enhances execution efficiency, supports continuous improvement, fosters team collaboration, aids change management, models leadership, and reinforces accountability and ownership. It establishes a solid foundation for the successful implementation and adoption of Scaling Agility within the organization.

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