Agile Thinking and Guidance

Authorization in Self-Organizing Systems

March 30, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off»

I'm zooming in on authorization, because I notice that when coaching Agile adoptions, there is always this sticky "authority aspect" in just about any problems that need addressing. Authority always seems to be the central concern. Like Harrison Owen [1],  I believe that all systems are open and all systems are fundamentally self-organizing. I also currently hold the following additional beliefs: Self-organization in ...

Push vs Pull in Agile Adoptions

March 29, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption   |   0 Comment»

Agile folks who claim advanced knowledge and know-how extol the virtue of "pull systems" like Kanban. The idea here is that pushing a load of work on teams is bad. Far better for teams to pull the next chunk of work, or work item. Scrum asks teams to "pull" in a group of work items that they think they can ...

Executives Can’t Make Agile Work

March 29, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption   |   0 Comment»

In the olden days, executives in suits never heard of "agile" or "Scrum". It was new back then. The "agile" and the "Scrum" were brought in by developers. In a very grassroots kind of way. Teams wanted to improve, so they tried it on for size. Agile. Scrum. They were "in", they were engaged, they were experimenting. These developers opted-in to ...

A Very Poor Bet: The Mandate of Agile Practices

March 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off»

Fact #1: Almost 100% of Agile adoptions are implemented as mandates. Ask almost anyone who has been party to a "rollout" of Agile in their organization. Ask them if it was presented as a mandate or not. If you doubt this 100% figure, ask around. Read this post: Imposing Agile Practices: Does It Actually Work? The imposition of Agile practices is the ...

Imposing Agile Practices: Does It Actually Work?

March 24, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off»

The Open Agile Adoption approach has created some questions. Some of these questions, collected from around the web, appear below. Some of the questions are very specific and personal. I've included them here, to post a complete list. These particular questions are harvested from recent interactions with professional Agile coaches who are active on Twitter.   Related Links: Open Agile Adoption Explained

Social Technology Wants To Be Free

March 13, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design   |   Comments Off»

Social technology wants to be free. Quick, answer this question: what kind of world are we building? An open, flexible, free-to-innovate world, OR...a closed, rigid world where just a few people can slow down or even STOP innovation... cold...with restrictive licensing? Listen up... Triads as described by Dave Logan in the book TRIBAL LEADERSHIP is a micro-culture design. Scrum as described by ...

The Mandate of Holacracy at Zappos

March 04, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority   |   Comments Off»

In case you have not heard, Zappos is rolling out a defined authority distribution scheme called "Holacracy". The way everyone works will change. Every single employee will be forced to comply with a set of rules they had no part in creating. Under this new set of rules, the people who work at Zappos must submit to (and are in fact compelled ...

Task Mapping: Defining the “How”

March 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off»

Guest post by Adam Kowal Hey Scrum Master – I know you’ve got a wonderfully groomed backlog.  Great job!  You may even have a predictable velocity.  Super!  The team has moved the right amount of product backlog into the sprint backlog and you’re ready to go. Right?  Not so fast. You still need the self-managed agile team to assign tasks and hours ...

Agile Coaching Values Explained

February 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off»

In a previous post, we outlined 4 Agile Coaching values and 8 related and supporting principles. Mandated practices may prevent a rapid and lasting Agile adoption, by reducing feelings of control and belonging in the very people who do the work. Embedded coaches present 5 days a week often prevent ...

Agile Coaching Values

February 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off»

Agile Coaches are familiar with the patterns of naive and vulnerable client organizations that are new to Agile. In our view, Agile Coaching professionals have an obligation to help clients understand what is best for them. In the beginning this is seldom the case. The Agile coach is obligated to do the right thing. This always includes encouraging and helping ...

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