Tag: Agile

A Phoenix Burns

Bill, Chris, John, Patty and Wes walk into a bar to fret over the demise of their accomplishments…

If only they had conceived that constraints also exist outside of the IT manufacturing system.

All they accomplished was to build a faster, more reliable and better handling car for Steve to drive like he stole it. Steve’s behavior didn’t change, nor did the culture. The culture changed in the part but not the whole.

Deming was right, leaders must know the way and teach it.

But to make the new culture stick they must also be the new culture. Live and display it by example.

If change is perceived as a shiny new leash disguised as better behavior from leadership then trust will be permanently damaged. Your Taylorism cannot hide from the people.

Meanwhile, Dick was enjoying a spreadsheet showing him new numbers post-layoff of half the IT budget…

#culture #systemsthinking #orgmindset #DEVOPS

#thephoenixproject #funwithbooks

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Agile Moment: Lego Serious play for SAFe® Teams Sim

During the Lego Serious play for SAFe® Teams Sim this week one of the teams decided they were a component team supporting the rest of the ART.

Do you think the experiment worked?

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Update: FAA Lean-Agile Transformation

Keep up with the latest in Lean-Agile Federal Government at the MONRONeY where my FAA client is on pace for a true holistic organizational transformation in ways of thinking and working.

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#leangovernment #SAFe #lean #Scrum #agile #government

 

Vlog – Coaching Tip #7 – Proxy Leadership

Interesting conversation in the latest orgmindset podcast with Alex and Andrew. In this Coaching Tip I expand on a topic they discussed regarding organizational anti-patterns.

*my coaching videos are unscripted and unedited. Apologies for my ugly mug. This particular video was done in one take. Some, I’ve redone a few times because I said something incredibly amazing, but didn’t want to share. I don’t have time to retake videos. I’d prefer to get something good down and post the content. 🙂

OrgMindset: Fixed or Variable? It’s Actually Both!

By  | February 21, 2018

Should my team structure be fixed or variable? Should my funding be fixed or variable? Should the plan reflect fixed expectations or variable possibilities?

The reality is, it’s neither one of those isolated notions, but rather both of them enabling organization’s performance in concert with each other.

On the one hand, enterprise reality contains inherent uncertainty and variability. External conditions change, internal factors evolve and, even more importantly, we are able to refine our understanding of those only over time. It is fundamentally irrational to attempt building organizational plans and structures that contain “all the answers” inside.

Read the rest of the article at Orgmindset.com.

 

 

Retrospectives @Scale within SAFe® portfolio context

Did you know that the value of facilitating retrospectives is also valuable at scale? In other words, facilitating cross-organizational retrospectives. Improvement is necessary to create better business outcomes. Relentless improvement should be a prime directive in every Lean-Agile organization.

In particular, if you are working within a Lean-Agile SAFe® portfolio you may be familiar with some of the following retrospectives. Others may not be so obvious. The point of which is that we should retro our performance for significant activities/ceremonies. When there are obvious bottlenecks in the system, do a retro, and use wisdom when this is not the case. And remember the easiest way to fail at a retrospective is to neglect to create improvement stories that make their way into the backlog. Continue reading “Retrospectives @Scale within SAFe® portfolio context”

WSJ: What My Son With Autism Taught Me About Managing People

Cognitive wiring
Individuals in the workplace have their own distinctive cognitive wiring that shapes how they approach the world. ILLUSTRATION: JOHN HERSEY FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

I like to think I was a considerate colleague when I worked in an office. I paid attention to cultural and gender differences. I made an effort to run inclusive meetings and write inclusive articles.

But for all my attention to diversity, I didn’t pay attention to one crucial form of difference: the way people think.

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