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September 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on The AGILE CINCINNATI Conference!»

The AGILE CINCINNATI Conference happens October 9 !! Here I am bringing an important Agile conference to your attention!! OSA plays a big role here! The discount reg-code for you is at the bottom of this post. The Story I've been invited to keynote ...

Most (Group) Behavior is Unconscious

June 20, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Most (Group) Behavior is Unconscious»

Entered 2017-07-07 5:19             Most (Group) Behavior is Unconscious (coming soon)   Agile Coaching Lessons: [<- Previous Lesson]   [Next Lesson–>] [Table of Contents]   If you find value in these essays and find yourself curiously drawn to them, consider investigating OpenSpace Agility, and/or  following me on Twitter and/or joining the OpenSpace Agility group on Facebook

Ending In Open Space

June 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Ending In Open Space»

(NOTE: This lesson assumes you understand the Open Space meeting format.)   At the 2016 AGILE ISRAEL conference event, I was honored with an invitation to keynote. Six hundred people in one room. Kind of scary... ....I asked for a show of hands: " many of you here have ever attended a meeting of at least one day, where the progress of ...

Only The Engaged Can Actively Self-Manage

June 18, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Only The Engaged Can Actively Self-Manage»

The self-organization of teams is a tremendously misunderstood topic. The writing on it tends be inconsistent and yes, even incoherent at times. This brief lesson takes a swing at being both consistent and coherent. Lessons 04, 05 and 06 gave you a basic understanding of some key concepts and the relationship between "self organizing teams," self-management, and decision-making. Every KPI (key performance ...

Agile is a Game. Agree About The Rules

June 07, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Agile is a Game. Agree About The Rules»

In the previous lesson, I taught you about how word definitions are agreements, and how agreements are essential to success with Agile. Once you get everyone involved to agree on the definitions for Agile and Scrum, you are in position to go all the way by seeking and obtaining everyone's commitment to success with Agile. It's all very simple ...

Definitions Are Agreements

June 07, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Definitions Are Agreements»

Language is important, especially when everyone is being triggered by changes in the way authority is distributed. Agile "transformations" are no exception. Also very important are agreements. Without agreements, nothing good can happen. So start your coaching by testing the willingness of the team(s) and the wider organization to make some agreements with itself. Agreements are commitments. And all of this is ...

The PUSH of Agile Causes “Trance Formations”

May 10, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on The PUSH of Agile Causes “Trance Formations”»

AGILE COACHING LESSONS: "Trance Formations" and the Hawthorne Effect Push-style "transformations" look good at first, and do not last long. What is actually going on there is this: the Hawthorne Effect. It turns out that when you make a change in a workplace, like changing the brightness of lights for example, the productivity goes up temporarily and reverts back to the ...

Engagement Is Everything

May 03, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Engagement Is Everything»

  Self-organization in the enterprise context is self-management, and self-management is primarily the management of decision-making. There is no self-management without decision making. Self-management IS decision-making. Decision-making is engaging. As more and more engagement is created, more and more of the "cognitive capacity" of the group becomes dedicated and focused on the work at hand. All of the KPI (key performance indicator) ...

“Just Say No” to Platitudes

December 24, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on “Just Say No” to Platitudes»

There's this common pattern of behavior from some Agile leaders in the Agile industry. It's particularly subtle. If goes like this: 1. A desirable ideal is identified. For example, "motivated individuals" or "flat hierarchy" or "self-organizing teams" or "self-management." 2. Flowery language is be used to describe the ideal, and it's wonderful effects on teams, on organizations, the virtue of it, etc. 3. Absolutely ZERO guidance ...

Saying One Thing, Doing Another

December 19, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,THE AGILE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX   |   Comments Off on Saying One Thing, Doing Another»

Agile leaders routinely extol the virtue and value of "self organizing teams" and "motivated individuals." As well they should, since these exact phrases appear in The Agile Manifesto. The primary impediment to both of these wonderful ideas is the imposition of Agile practices on teams without their consent. Without their voluntary engagement. Without actually manifesting "respect for people," you know, that "very small ...

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