Open Space

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Law of Two Feet

May 09, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space,Self-Management   |   0 Comment»



You might be hearing a lot about "The Law Of Two Feet." The idea comes from Open Space, a meeting format composed by Harrison Owen and friends. The Law is very simple: "If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else." The Law of ...

Agile Adoptions, Open Space and control

April 26, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Agile,Open Agile Adoption,Open Space   |   Comments Off on Agile Adoptions, Open Space and control»



There is a fellow named Ed Seykota. He innovates. He has 2 pairs of models: a pair for 1-to-1 relationships, and a pair for group & system level relationships. His models confirm and align with the philosophies and assumptions which form the foundation of Open Space:         ·       All systems are open ·       All systems are self-organizing   The Models (1) intimacy-centric and control-centric models for ...

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