Greatness in Organizations

On Invitation

August 11, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Design,Greatness in Organizations,Happiness,Open Space   |   Comments Off on On Invitation»



The act of invitation is fundamentally respectful. Respect for people is a core, bedrock value of Lean and Agile thinking. Invitation is therefore fully aligned with Agile and Lean. We feel good when we feel a sense of control, and a sense of belonging. Control and belonging make it easy to get (and stay) engaged. Engagement is good. When we are invited, we are in control ...

Open Agile Adoption: Why It Matters Now

September 18, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Greatness in Organizations,Open Agile Adoption,Open Agile Adoption: The 2013 Global Scrum Gathering Keynote,Open Space   |   Comments Off on Open Agile Adoption: Why It Matters Now»



This is a note to organizational leaders and my friends in the Open Space community, folks who want to bring Open Space to every organization that is stuck, and every organization that needs help in getting movement towards a more open culture, whether they actually know it-- or not. Open Agile Adoption and the Current (Uninviting) Workplace Lifeless work with no meaning ...

Tribal Leadership: Is It a Game?

July 13, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Greatness in Organizations,Happiness,Language,Open Agile Adoption,Tribal Leadership   |   Comments Off on Tribal Leadership: Is It a Game?»



  The book TRIBAL LEADERSHIP lays out 5 stages of culture. The 5 stages are basically stories that people tell themselves...and others.         Here are the 5 progressive stories: Life Sucks My Life Sucks I'm Great! We're Great! Life is Great! What I have come to realize is that the content of this cultural self-talk is related to games. Games have 4 properties: A goal/set of goals Rules Ways to get feedback on ...

The Global Scrum Gathering Keynote: Paris 2013

July 12, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Hacking,Greatness in Organizations,Happiness,Open Agile Adoption: The 2013 Global Scrum Gathering Keynote,Open Space,Scrum,The Culture Game   |   Comments Off on The Global Scrum Gathering Keynote: Paris 2013»



I am grateful to have been invited into (and have accepted) the opportunity to deliver a plenary (keynote) address at the Global Scrum Gathering in Paris, France. The event runs from September 23-25 and the keynote is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24. I am honored to be part of this event with Henrik Kniberg and Dario Nardi, who ...

Principle 4: Apply Self-regulation & Accept feedback

June 16, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Hacking,Organizational PermaCulture,Self-Management   |   Comments Off on Principle 4: Apply Self-regulation & Accept feedback»



This is one is a series of post on the application of the 12 principles of Permaculture [2] to organizations, and other social systems.  The posts are being generated by members of the Organizational Permaculture [1] group on Facebook. If you like this post, consider joining the group and adding to the  conversation with your own blog post on 1 ...

Organizational Permaculture: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

January 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Organizational PermaCulture   |   Comments Off on Organizational Permaculture: An Idea Whose Time Has Come»



Organizational permaculture is a concept whose time has come. The idea of doing  planned, predictable, scheduled, and altogether LARGE campaigns of culture change in organizations is not useful. It does not work. It is ineffective. It is misguided. This idea is analogous to clear-cutting a forest, bringing in bulldozers, moving colossal amounts of earth, and repurposing the land for a ...

Organizational Permaculture: The 12 Design Principles

January 07, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Organizational PermaCulture   |   Comments Off on Organizational Permaculture: The 12 Design Principles»



The principles of permaculture are an important and perhaps even essential in working rationally with organizational culture. For those of you intrigued by the Organizational Permaculture concept, I am providing you with a detailed enumeration of the 12 essential principles of permaculture design. NOTE: These detailed essays come from http://permacultureprinciples.com You might want to think about your teams,

Organizational Permaculture

January 06, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Organizational PermaCulture   |   Comments Off on Organizational Permaculture»



In a previous post, I explained how Kanban is a tool of Organizational Permaculture. In another post, I told you about Cognitive Recycling, and how a very small adjustment to your meeting scheduling can have potentially huge leverage in terms of obtaining better results... by harnessing a readily ...

Culture Hacking, Organizational Permaculture & Kanban

December 16, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Culture Hacking,Great Teams,Organizational PermaCulture,The Culture Game,Tribal Learning   |   Comments Off on Culture Hacking, Organizational Permaculture & Kanban»



I explained to you in a previous post how Kanban supports 12 of the 16 Tribal (team) Learning Patterns [1] found in The Culture Game Book [2]. That post also contains a link to an interesting post that connects Kanban to the Agile Manifesto's 12 Principles. Culture Hacking, Permaculture and Kanban This post identifies an agricultural technique (actually an agricultural-sustainability hack) ...

Soul-Sucking Death Marches from Hell

December 07, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Building a World,Greatness in Organizations,Happiness   |   Comments Off on Soul-Sucking Death Marches from Hell»



I just examined Jeff Patton's post on backlog grooming and his total discomfort with it as typically implemented in typical agile adoptions. Backlog grooming is implemented as a very bad meeting in his story, which you can examine via the above link. Save that for now, and just examine what I am telling you: I have the solution here, and ...

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