Open Agile Adoption

The Virtue of Coercion

July 27, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Agile Coaching Values,Culture Design,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on The Virtue of Coercion»



The following is a session submitted to the Agile2015 by one Timothy Turnstone. The session was not selected. Even so: I find the session more than intriguing. I have submitted the following "Lightning Talk" about this idea of coercion. It has been accepted to the conference and I hope you can attend! I promise you a most interesting experience as we unpack ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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