Agile Thinking and Guidance

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 ...

Open Agile Adoption Simplified

November 27, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Open Agile Adoption Simplified»



Here is Open Agile Adoption (OAA) in summary form: it's not complicated....         Formally authorized leadership defines a 90-day period of time (minimum) for "authorized experimentation" with various Agile practices. Formally authorized leadership invites everyone in the organization to do this. The intent is to ENGAGE everyone. It starts with an "all hands" (Open Space) meeting. This is a 100% opt-in meeting. The ...

Is Mandated Agile a Reckless Gamble?

November 20, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Is Mandated Agile a Reckless Gamble?»



Placing a bet is not necessarily gambling. Gambling is the betting of money at unfavorable odds. Wagering is the betting of money at favorable odds.   The History of Agile Adoptions The sample size across the entire worldwide Agile experience since 2001 is at least 13 years of mostly-mandated Agile adoptions, worldwide! That might be 1,000 attempts a year for 13 years. (This was written ...

Open Space Proceedings

November 07, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on Open Space Proceedings»



Are you running a public conference with Open Space? Are you looking to produce a great proceedings document? Then, this post is for you.   Open Space Proceedings Open Space proceedings in public Agile conference events do not ... repeat,  do not.. have to be lame. If you have attended a public Open Space event inside an Agile conference, you know exactly what I am talking ...

Stop Asking Why About How

October 27, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile   |   Comments Off on Stop Asking Why About How»



Author and public speaker Simon Sinek has this book (and TED talk) "Start with Why." It speaks to purpose. If we have a goal, and we want to achieve it, we need to know why. If we need the help of others to achieve it, "start with why." Explain why. This explanation links the goal to a higher purpose, helping ...

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