Agile Thinking and Guidance

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 ...

Self-Organization is Self-Management

February 12, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Self-Organization is Self-Management»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS Self organization is self management. This means the reverse is true: "self management is self organization." What is management? To manage is to direct and control. Inside software development teams, management includes directing and controlling decisions that effect the the team. Let's set aside that important point for now. For now, let's discuss the nature of management as it pertains to ...

Positioning Is Signaling

February 12, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Positioning Is Signaling»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS If you think people are not paying attention to how you move, where you position, where you sit, where you are looking, where you are standing, etc....you are missing some very fundamental information that can help you be much more effective. Your choices of dress, postures, positioning and seating choices during meeting facilitation has everything to do with ...

Signal That You Have No Authority

February 12, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Lessons   |   Comments Off on Signal That You Have No Authority»



AGILE COACHING LESSONS If you are an Agile coach, it is essential that you signal to anyone and everyone (inside the client org) that you have no authority. Period. Teams automatically project authority on you, and it is essential that you not only refuse to accept it, but also that you immediately reflect it back to the team that is offering ...

The Agile Imposition Revisited

February 11, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on The Agile Imposition Revisited»



Here are some verbatim statements from actual Agile Manifesto signatories, about the dangers and futility of imposing Agile practices on teams without their consent:              “...Imposing an agile process from the outside strips the team ...

Simplicity Is What Scales

February 11, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on Simplicity Is What Scales»



I am sad. I do not believe I am oversimplifying when I say that participant engagement is absolutely essential to enterprise-wide process change. I do not believe I am oversimplifying when I say that engaging people- at every level of authorization- actually creates ALL of the "right underlying conditions for agility" that are necessary to succeed.I do not ...

The Anxiety Iceberg

December 09, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on The Anxiety Iceberg»



Let's play a game. The object of the game is to initiate and obtain a rapid, lasting and positive change, across your entire organization, at scale, as fast as possible. OK? Let's call it "the culture game." To win the culture game, you have to see everything that is going on, just under the surface... Let's assume the org is a very large ...

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