Happiness

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How Surprising Service Makes You Happy

June 06, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Happiness   |   Comments Off on How Surprising Service Makes You Happy»



I'm proofing a book for a friend and the book is amazing. It's on culture. I told you before about the Agile Culture Conference and how Agile is a Culture Hack.  In the book, there is a story about really bad service. It's this ...