Agile Thinking and Guidance

THE CULTURE GAME Chapter 8

August 20, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,The Culture Game   |   Comments Off on THE CULTURE GAME Chapter 8»



(Note: This is sample text from CHAPTER 8 of THE CULTURE GAME BOOK, available on Amazon here) CHAPTER EIGHT: FACILITATE YOUR MEETINGS Facilitated meetings tend to be focused, organized, and well defined. When you clearly describe who qualifies to attend, what the goal is, what the boundaries are, and how you will manage the meeting, you create an invitation to explore ...

On Invitation

August 11, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design,Greatness in Organizations,Happiness,Open Space   |   Comments Off on On Invitation»



The act of invitation is fundamentally respectful. Respect for people is a core, bedrock value of Lean and Agile thinking. Invitation is therefore fully aligned with Agile and Lean. We feel good when we feel a sense of control, and a sense of belonging. Control and belonging make it easy to get (and stay) engaged. Engagement is good. When we are invited, we are in control ...

The Virtue of Coercion

July 27, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on The Virtue of Coercion»



The following is a session submitted to the Agile2015 by one Timothy Turnstone. The session was not selected. Even so: I find the session more than intriguing. I have submitted the following "Lightning Talk" about this idea of coercion. It has been accepted to the conference and I hope you can attend! I promise you a most interesting experience as we unpack ...

When They Say No, Reduce The Ask by Half

March 26, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on When They Say No, Reduce The Ask by Half»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS In an earlier lesson (1 or 2 back from this one) I told how to keep reducing the ask by 1/2 until they say yes.  I was indirect there. So, let me me explicit here.. In general, teaching in a formal classroom is overrated. You are set up as the authority, and doing most of the talking. Most good ...

I Want To Write the Story

March 19, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on I Want To Write the Story»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS If you impose a framework- ANY framework-- on a team, you can expect weak results and disengagement. No one wants to play a game that they MUST play. A game where the beginning, middle and end of the story is written, by...someone else. If, on the other hand, you explain that the story is yet-to-be-written, and invite everyone to ...

Encourage Executives To Encourage Experimentation

March 18, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Encourage Executives To Encourage Experimentation»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Your executives are the “always on”, constant emitters of extremely important signals, whether they believe this is true or not. Every little signal gets scrutinized and interpreted. Every little signal, intended or not. Welcome to leadership. The “higher-ups” are higher-ups because they have more formal authority than others in the group. Anyone with substantial formal authority must pay attention ...

Problem? What Problem?

March 16, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on Problem? What Problem?»



Here is a list of Tweets I sent out on Sunday March 15 2015. I posted these in response to some Agile coaching folks, folks who expressed serious doubt that "imposed Agile" or "mandatory Agile practices" actually represents a serious, pervasive, BIG problem for the Agile movement... You can click through each Tweet, to see the actual source of the quote.....there's ...

The Virtue of Coercion

March 09, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Culture Hacking   |   Comments Off on The Virtue of Coercion»



Is coercion a VIRTUE? Someone has proposed a session for the Agile2015 conference entitled: "The Virtue of Coercion" ...it goes like this....quoting: "...There almost no chance of Agile transformation without the imposition of Agile practices on teams. Pushing Agile practices on teams is the primary way to obtain lasting enterprise-wide Agile adoptions. "...in this session we present 4 years of data proving that employee ...

Open Space Tells The Story

February 25, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Open Space Tells The Story»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Everyone wants to know the story. Open Space tells that story. Open Space is a very lightly scripted drama. There are 3 roles. First, authority stands up, in a role called Sponsor. The Sponsor tells the story of the issues and opportunities the group is actually facing, and makes sure everyone feels welcome and safe. They do this by ...

Start in Open Space

February 24, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Start in Open Space»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS The Open Space meeting format provides a wonderful way to get a rapid and lasting Agile adoption. The basic idea here is that Open Space provides a direct experience in self-management and self-organization. Instead of talking about it, we simply DO IT. After an experience in Open Space the executives get a sense of how a great Agile ...

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