Self-Organization with Children

Have you ever been self-managed/organized at a pick-up game at the schoolyard when you were a kid? Basketball? Baseball? Football? Soccer? Dungeons and Dragons (j/k)?

We train our kids to do this…and they are really good at it, and they accomplish it mostly in an objective manner. e.g. – I’m a big guy, 6’3″, and so I was always picked right after the really fast smaller guys depending on the sport.

Yet somehow when we become adults…we need other adults to tell us which team to play on?

#agile #scrum #SAFe #selforganization #selfmanagement #sensemaking

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The Knowledge Worker Factory

Does it really exist?

Or are we still working in the blacksmith shop? Will it take AI to bridge the gap?

In Lean manufacturing companies that build physical things have been able to improve quality consistently and dramatically since the dawn of the industrial age.

Here many of us are in the post-industrial, Information Technology or Digital Age.

When we change the channel to knowledge work, companies struggle mightily to match the pace of quality and outcomes of physical manufacturers, even to this day. Why?

XP, Agile, Scrum, DEVOPS, Kanban for Software, Scaling Frameworks

Are these practices, methods, frameworks, and guidance really helping the knowledge worker factory catch up with companies that make physical things? Perhaps there is some evidence to support the claim. Continue reading “The Knowledge Worker Factory”

Sticker Face

Certifications and Sticker Face. This is an important topic for our industry. My intent is to deliver this respectfully with a goal of driving more robust solutions in the marketplace. Continue reading “Sticker Face”

Lean-Agile Team Metrics Starter Kit

The fourth tool created to date by blogagility.com for the community!

This handy starter kit is for Scrum masters that are using the Shu Ha Ri paradigm for team development. Good coaches help new teams avoid the pitfalls of added complexity involved in “Agile Lifecycle Management Tools” and instead push for good old-fashioned manual BVIR’s, Kanbans, Scrum boards, et cetera. Change is hard enough in a CAS without adding to the problem by also complicating the way of working. Continue reading “Lean-Agile Team Metrics Starter Kit”

Michael Küsters : Things that never meant what we understood

Reblogged with permission from , the original author of
 this content. Originally published on his blog Fail Fast, Move On, June 2, 2018.

We throw around a lot of terminology – yet we may not even know what we’re saying. Here are three terms that you may have understood differently from how the original author’s intention:

1. Technical debt

Technical debt has been used by many to denote willfully taken shortcuts on quality.
Many developers use the term to imply that code has been developed with poor craftsmanship – for instance, lack of tests or overly complicated structure. Continue reading “Michael Küsters : Things that never meant what we understood”

Walk the Kanban while Scrumming it

Artificial Limitations are not controls

Don’t limit your team to using just Scrum or Kanban. Don’t even limit yourself to using watered down versions of a combination of Scrum and Kanban. High-performance teams master both the empirical process framework and controls called Scrum, and the use of Kanban (system; Lean).

Continuous Learning (The Three Ways) & Empiricism

Continuous learning teams know how to scale these frameworks and systems using the SAFe and other scaling frameworks to suit the needs of the business and customer solution context (value). Learning teams know how to drive DEVOPS culture and practices through self-organization and self-management.

Scrumming it, the next step

If you are practicing Scrum, and using a Kanban to support the process framework it is helpful to walk the board during the Daily Stand-up (Scrum). Do this a few times a week rather than asking the three questions every day.

WalkingtheKanban

#Scrum #Kanban #Agile #Lean #SAFe #scalingframeworks