Agile Thinking and Guidance

Management is a Function, not a Role

March 17, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Featured,Self-Management   |   0 Comment»



Self organizing teams are self managing teams. They govern themselves. They are self governing. Some folks new to Agile think that when you go Agile, that management goes "out the window", is a bad word, is evil, is something that imposes prescriptions, issues commands, and is controlling, and something to be avoided. The reality is that the need for planning, measuring, and ...

Agile Coaching and Sports

March 04, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Authority and Influence,Embedded Coaching   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching and Sports»



Question: why do sport teams employ coaches past training camp? Aren't the athletes professionals capable of their own learning? This is a question I received recently when I explained that 'embedded" or "integrated" coaching (where a Agile coach is present 5 days a week for 3 months or more) is probably a very bad idea. For those of you new to ...

Kanban and Organizational Permaculture

February 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Featured,Kanban,Permaculture   |   0 Comment»



This post identifies an agricultural technique (actually an agricultural-sustainability hack) called permaculture. Permaculture principles and practices associate with culture hacking in general, and Kanban (in particular.) A full set of links for all footnotes are provided at the end of this post. Culture Hacking, Permaculture and Kanban Kanban is a method for managing work and work flow. It is visual, and exposes certain things ...

Agile Coaching: Core Values & Supporting Principles

January 08, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Hacking   |   Comments Off on Agile Coaching: Core Values & Supporting Principles»



The idea of hammering out a set of guiding Values and Principles for Agile Coaches is an idea whose time has come. Increasing reports of problems in Agile Coaching are tarnishing our profession and diluting our effectiveness as change agents. This is a very serious problem. A set of community-built, open-source Values and Principles is one solution we can all act ...

Organizational Permaculture: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

January 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Organizational PermaCulture   |   Comments Off on Organizational Permaculture: An Idea Whose Time Has Come»



Organizational permaculture is a concept whose time has come. The idea of doing  planned, predictable, scheduled, and altogether LARGE campaigns of culture change in organizations is not useful. It does not work. It is ineffective. It is misguided. This idea is analogous to clear-cutting a forest, bringing in bulldozers, moving colossal amounts of earth, and repurposing the land for a ...

Organizational Permaculture: The 12 Design Principles

January 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Organizational PermaCulture   |   Comments Off on Organizational Permaculture: The 12 Design Principles»



The principles of permaculture are an important and perhaps even essential in working rationally with organizational culture. For those of you intrigued by the Organizational Permaculture concept, I am providing you with a detailed enumeration of the 12 essential principles of permaculture design. NOTE: These detailed essays come from http://permacultureprinciples.com You might want to think about your teams,

Organizational Permaculture

January 06, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Organizational PermaCulture   |   Comments Off on Organizational Permaculture»



In a previous post, I explained how Kanban is a tool of Organizational Permaculture. In another post, I told you about Cognitive Recycling, and how a very small adjustment to your meeting scheduling can have potentially huge leverage in terms of obtaining better results... by harnessing a readily ...

Engagement & Disengagement Part2: Perceived Progress

January 02, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,The Culture Game   |   Comments Off on Engagement & Disengagement Part2: Perceived Progress»



In the previous post, I explained how when we are denied a sense of control over our space or environment, we check out, aka "disengage." When taken to extremes, we might even disassociate. This can happen for example when we experience a trauma. Knowledge workers need to have a sense of autonomy. Mandates ...

Engagement & Disengagement, Part1: Sense of Control

January 01, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,The Culture Game   |   Comments Off on Engagement & Disengagement, Part1: Sense of Control»



Everyone knows what engagement is, even if it is hard to define precisely in words. We know when we are experiencing it. It has to do with immersion and focus and "being there". Engagement rarely has negative connotation. It's almost always associated with good feelings. While the exact recipe for generating engagement at work may be subject to debate, we know ...

Culture Hacking, Organizational Permaculture & Kanban

December 16, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Hacking,Great Teams,Organizational PermaCulture,The Culture Game,Tribal Learning   |   Comments Off on Culture Hacking, Organizational Permaculture & Kanban»



I explained to you in a previous post how Kanban supports 12 of the 16 Tribal (team) Learning Patterns [1] found in The Culture Game Book [2]. That post also contains a link to an interesting post that connects Kanban to the Agile Manifesto's 12 Principles. Culture Hacking, Permaculture and Kanban This post identifies an agricultural technique (actually an agricultural-sustainability hack) ...

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