Agile Thinking and Guidance

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 inside organizations is a very lightly scripted drama. There are 3 roles. First, authority stands up, in a role called Sponsor. The Sponsor is the host, and welcomes the group. The Sponsor tells the story of the issues and opportunities the group is actually facing, and ...

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 ...

Practices Change; Principles Don’t

February 21, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Practices Change; Principles Don’t»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Ask 20 people what Agile is, and you might get 21 answers. This is no way to start. You must start with the Manifesto as the definition of Agile if you want to have any chance at all of being successful encouraging an “Agile transformation.” First things first. Take for example the Manifesto principle “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development.” This ...

Invite Facilitation

February 20, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Invite Facilitation»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS You must not only deliver excellent facilitation- you must also model it. You must constantly invite people in the organization to learn the art of facilitation by watching you, and by doing it. And by being mentored by you. The people who actually accept your invitation to participate in learning facilitation are the people who will help shape the new ...

Your Authoritative Style Kills Self-Organization

February 17, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Your Authoritative Style Kills Self-Organization»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS It is important for Agile coaches to understand that coaching is an exercise in authority dynamics. Contrary to popular belief, it is not enough for some C-level person (someone capable of signing off on a big check) to authorize you. The teams you coach must actually consent to being coached.   Repeat: consent to being coached. It is important to ...

Self-Management is Authority-Distribution-By-Consent

February 15, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Self-Management is Authority-Distribution-By-Consent»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS In a previous lesson, I explained that self organization is in fact "self management." Self-management is "authority distribution" by mutual consent. What is "authority distribution?"     A better question might be, "what is authority?"   Authority Authority is the "right to do work." The term "work" in this context includes the very important work of making decisions that people are subject to, such as the ...

Use Your Body When Facilitating

February 13, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Use Your Body When Facilitating»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS The facilitator is a servant, always serving the person or group who is authorizing them. In service to the group, it is essential that you make it clear exactly who you are working for, before you start facilitating a meeting. You need to get explicit about where your authorization to facilitate is actually coming from. Announcing who the Convener ...

Agile Facilitation Jobs In Maryland

February 13, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Agile Facilitation Jobs In Maryland»



One of my Agile adoption clients, this one in Maryland (about 40 mins east of DC with no traffic)  immediately seeks several people for full-time hire to facilitate the ongoing work of 18 existing software teams relatively new to Agile software development. In this role you are a member of a 6-person team responsible for facilitating higher performance across the entire enterprise... ...The ...

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