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A Phoenix Burns

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: FAA Lean-Agile Transformation

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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

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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. 🙂

Agile moment: Some characteristics of a high performance Lean-Agile team

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Thinking this morning about a conversation I had yesterday at happy hour with several truly impressive human beings.

Some characteristics of a high performance Lean-Agile team:

  • no longer needs a scrum master or lean agile leader
  • uses the best of Scrum as an empirical framework for an amazingly lean sustainable flow process
  • also uses principles of Lean and a Kanban system
  • has a natural affinity for pulling the right work at the right time
  • possesses high trust within the team and externally known to consistently deliver successful outcomes; builds trust with other teams
  • regularly pushes the boundaries of what is possible as innovators
  • cares deeply about people and the organization
  • committed to continuous learning and relentless improvement

What else?

How to System Demo like a champion!

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P4.2 Systems Demo - Team Global Enforcers nomination for world's best demo -- ever!
P4.2 Systems Demo – Team Global Enforcers nomination for world’s best demo — ever!

Every so often organizations are blessed with amazing self-organized awesomely creative teams. This is the case with my client and the playfully named “Global Enforcers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Küsters: There are no true Scrum teams

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Reblogged with permission from , the original author of
 this content. Originally published on LinkedIn, August 5, 2017.

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This article is a discussion about what Scrum is – and what it isn’t. When discussing with zealous Scrum evangelists, the most common rhethoric is the “No true Scotsman” fallacy – otherwise known as “shifting goalposts”.

This is the classic “No true Scotsman” – as per Wikipedia:

Person A: “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”

Person B: “But my uncle Angus likes sugar with his porridge.”

Person A: “Ah yes, but no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.” Read the rest of this entry »

How to describe a Fractal in Agile

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A fractal is a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern displayed at every scale.

Modularity and Fractal behaviors of scaling “Agile” frameworks. Do you see the consequential behavior of scaled Agile implementations as fractal patterns? Shouldn’t they be or are they?

Should a team’s relative estimating be fractal? performance in value and successful outcomes?

Any math nerds want to help out a coach? Does the analogy work?

Admittedly, I’m not smart enough to wrap my head around much more than simple addition and subtraction. I do see the similarities and I am always looking for better ways to describe what we teach. Thoughts?