Agile Thinking and Guidance

Broken Promises

August 05, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Building a World,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off»



We are at a tipping point in the Agile story. For almost a decade now, highly authoritative "agile enablement firms" have been telling management that it is perfectly OK to mandate the use of agile practices, and that everything will be OK. They've been told that the opt-in engagement of the people who do the work does not actually matter. As long ...

Triggered by Process Change

August 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off»



The introduction of process change into your organization can be very triggering for participants. Consider Scrum, an Agile framework that changes around meetings, roles and rules, in service to continuous improvement. Everything changes. If you are a "manager" or a software "architect", your entire world has just been turned upside down. You understood the old game. Not so here. In the new ...

Telling Me What I Want to Hear

August 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off»



The whole idea that you can bring radical process changes into an organization without considering the people who do the work is an idea promoted by many “Agile enablement firms.” According to these highly authoritative “Agile transformation” consultants, all you have to do is completely authorize their well-documented process-change plan, and write a big check. The now-authorized consultants will do the ...

My Guru is Google

July 30, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority,Building a World,Culture,Thrivability   |   Comments Off»



It's a natural human instinct to be sensitive to authority. To want to be led. Most of us are only too happy to have someone else tell us what we want, what we think and what we feel. If you poke around the web, in various communities, you can observe how certain participants actively contend for authority to lead. This is changing, ...

Being Generous With Your Gift

July 29, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Culture Design,Generosity,Thrivability   |   Comments Off»



Everyone has some innate talent, some "thing" they have. That "thing" is available in nearly endless supply, since it's part of every person's essential nature. Some people are helpful. Some are just full of hospitality. Others are humorous. Still others are organizers. Everyone has lots of whatever talent they were born with. I like to play with ideas. I'm not sure that's a ...

Microgenerosity

July 29, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Culture Design,Generosity,Thrivability   |   Comments Off»



Can large acts of generosity be harmful? Yes, they can. Consider the potlatch, a ceremonial event in the lives of certain Pacific Northwest indigenous tribes. According to the history of potlatch, large acts of generosity were used to signal wealth and high social status in the tribe. Taken to extremes, hosts of potlatch events sometimes ritually destroyed valuable objects as a ...

Generosity, Thrivability and Self-Organization

July 23, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Culture,Culture Design,Culture Hacking,Generosity   |   Comments Off»



Harrison Owen is the formulator/composer of the Open Space meeting format.   Harrison is fond of saying these two things: All systems are open All systems are self-organizing In this essay, I am assuming you have a good grip on what 'open' and 'self-organizing' mean. With that established, let's move right into a discussion of generosity and its role is self-organizing systems. Self-organizing systems are composed of ...

The Law of Two Feet

May 09, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space,Self-Management   |   0 Comment»



You might be hearing a lot about "The Law Of Two Feet." The idea comes from Open Space, a meeting format composed by Harrison Owen and friends. The Law is very simple: "If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else." The Law of ...

Agile Adoptions, Open Space and control

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



There is a fellow named Ed Seykota. He innovates. He has 2 pairs of models: a pair for 1-to-1 relationships, and a pair for group & system level relationships. His models confirm and align with the philosophies and assumptions which form the foundation of Open Space:         ·       All systems are open ·       All systems are self-organizing   The Models (1) intimacy-centric and control-centric models for ...

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 ...

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