Agile Thinking and Guidance

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 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) ...

Soul-Sucking Death Marches from Hell

December 07, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Greatness in Organizations,Happiness   |   Comments Off on Soul-Sucking Death Marches from Hell»

I just examined Jeff Patton's post on backlog grooming and his total discomfort with it as typically implemented in typical agile adoptions. Backlog grooming is implemented as a very bad meeting in his story, which you can examine via the above link. Save that for now, and just examine what I am telling you: I have the solution here, and ...

Agile Coaching Values

December 06, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured   |   0 Comment»

Agile Coaches are familiar with the patterns of naive and vulnerable client organizations that are new to Agile. In my view, Agile Coaching pros have an obligation to help clients understand what is best for them. This always includes helping the client take 100% responsibility for their own learning. This usually means the coach must refuse opportunities to play a ...

Estimating and Team Learning

December 06, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Featured   |   0 Comment»

There is a big debate out there about the value of estimation on Agile projects. There are two items that need to be distinct when we talk about this. The first is estimation as a Team Learning activity. the second is estimation as part of the basis for planning. Let's look at team learning first: Estimating as a Team Learning Activity The primary ...

Authority Explained

December 01, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority and Influence,Group Relations   |   0 Comment»

I told you before about the difference between authority and power. Now that we are holding these working definitions, we can drill down...and deconstruct authority in more detail. I'm drawing from Group Relations work here, and providing actionable guidance for thinking about authority. I am purposely being minimalist here, providing the essentials only. Remember, authority is defined here as "the ...

What’s the Difference Between Power and Authority?

November 25, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on What’s the Difference Between Power and Authority?»

Most definitions for the words power and authority are vague, interrelated, and unclear. (Check here and here to see for yourself.) Likewise, definitions for the word authority often use the word power in the definition for authority. And as you might surmise, definitions for the word power often reference the term authority. Which is which? Why have two words ...

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