Agile Thinking and Guidance

Does Software Influence Culture?

October 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority,Building a World,Culture,Culture Design   |   Comments Off on Does Software Influence Culture?»



Does software inform-- or even create-- culture? Probably. We know from Conway's Law that people in an organization will create systems that match their general pattern of communication. I think it is a little deeper than that, and has more to do with the formal pattern of authority distribution inside the organization. The communication paths follow from that. In organizations that take ...

Theory A

October 20, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority,Culture,Culture Design,Group Relations   |   Comments Off on Theory A»



Here is a brief summary of "Theory A": a theory pertaining to microsociology which may explain some of the actual mechanics of "self organization" in human social systems. Theory A Respect is felt feelings of esteem for another individual, and demonstrations of those feelings, through behavior. You can look it up. Most folks understand what respect is. In typical 1-to-1 interactions, mature ...

Return On Attention

October 18, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority,Building a World,Culture,Thrivability   |   Comments Off on Return On Attention»



Random thoughts bring random focus; intentional thoughts bring intentional focus. Your attention- that which is being focused- is a scarce resource. We spend attention over the course of our day. In social interactions, attention takes on some aspects of a currency. It starts to look and feel like a store of value, and a medium of exchange. "A fool and his money ...

Crossing Over

October 08, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design,Group Relations,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space,Permaculture,Thrivability   |   Comments Off on Crossing Over»



Regarding: The passage rite...applied to organizations: There's a large body of knowledge in cultural anthropology that describes the utility of passage rites. Passage rites are designed cultural experiences- ritual events- that facilitate an individual's journey in transforming from one social status to another in the society, family or organization. Open Agile Adoption, to be clear, does NOT do this. Open Agile Adoption ...

Now What?

October 08, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space,Thrivability   |   Comments Off on Now What?»



Regarding: The coach vacating the organization for at least 30 days following the 2nd Open Space in Open Agile Adoption. The 2nd Open Space event in Open Agile Adoption (OAA) is a closure event. It serves to delineate the boundary between the previous chapter of organizational learning and the next one. It is the terminating point in the organizational passage rite ...

Authority Distribution in Open Space

September 10, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on Authority Distribution in Open Space»



Open Space is a most interesting format for a "gathering," also known as a "meeting." What exactly is going on in Open Space? (NOTE: If you are new to Open Space, see the links at the end of this essay to get oriented. Open Space is a key component of OpenSpace Agility, a method for introducing agile ideas into your organization.) Here ...

Broken Promises

August 05, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching,Building a World,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Broken Promises»



We are at a tipping point in the Agile story. For almost a decade now, highly authoritative "agile enablement firms" have been telling management that it is perfectly OK to mandate the use of agile practices, and that everything will be OK. They've been told that the opt-in engagement of the people who do the work does not actually matter. As long ...

Triggered by Process Change

August 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption   |   Comments Off on Triggered by Process Change»



The introduction of process change into your organization can be very triggering for participants. Consider Scrum, an Agile framework that changes around meetings, roles and rules, in service to continuous improvement. Everything changes. If you are a "manager" or a software "architect", your entire world has just been turned upside down. You understood the old game. Not so here. In the new ...

Telling Me What I Want to Hear

August 03, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on Telling Me What I Want to Hear»



The whole idea that you can bring radical process changes into an organization without considering the people who do the work is an idea promoted by many “Agile enablement firms.” According to these highly authoritative “Agile transformation” consultants, all you have to do is completely authorize their well-documented process-change plan, and write a big check. The now-authorized consultants will do the ...

My Guru is Google

July 30, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Authority,Building a World,Culture,Thrivability   |   Comments Off on My Guru is Google»



It's a natural human instinct to be sensitive to authority. To want to be led. Most of us are only too happy to have someone else tell us what we want, what we think and what we feel. If you poke around the web, in various communities, you can observe how certain participants actively contend for authority to lead. This is changing, ...

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