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The Cost of Change

“Every time we let Brent fix something that none of us can replicate, Brent gets a little smarter, and the entire system gets dumber.” – The Phoenix Project

And yet organizations continue using this fallacious hero PERSON OR TEAM mental model filled with poor assumptions and more than a few negative biases. Why?

Because it is too hard to change?

Costs too much?

Ever notice how people know how much things cost when it’s something they don’t want to do? But when it comes time to estimate a change that the customer wants “it’s nigh impossible to estimate?”

This works the same way when changing a culture.

#orgmindset #change #systemsthinking #SAFe #DEVOPS #waysofthinking

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The fallacy of stale old mental models about managing people

Managers have never, ever been able to “manage” creative knowledge workers. Only negotiate with them to some degree. Managing knowledge workers is a fallacy of misapplied theory X thinking. Get out of the Freddie Taylor box. If you truly need to “manage” a creative knowledge worker, congratulations you have found an imposter. Continue reading “The fallacy of stale old mental models about managing people”

News: BLS Awarded Enterprise Agility Services Contract to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Phoenix, Arizona: Big Lake Software, LLC. (BLS) was awarded a task order contract to provide Scaled Agile Framework for the Lean Enterprise (SAFe®) program consulting services for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Enterprise Services Center (ESC) with their business partner and prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). BLS will be continuing service as a provider of subject matter expertise and consulting to the government in support of an ongoing SAFe implementation. BLS will also provide SAFe training and instruction as their enterprise agility coaches work with the partner organization to support customer efforts to transform culture to one consistent with a Lean-Agile mindset. BLS staff will also perform assessments of current capabilities and make recommendations for improvements to current processes and methods in place within the client organization. BLS will also support the implementation of continuous exploration, continuous integration, automated testing and continuous deployment capabilities into the client’s systems environments to affect more successful outcomes in product and service delivery.

 

Read the rest of the news release at Big Lake Software.

Agile Moment: New SAFe planned business value tool for business owners…

I was just having a bit of fun this morning, but perhaps there is some way to enhance our learning?

From my original LinkedIn post.

“Business Value Bowling” everyone is ten pins and one frame away from accurately assessing business value at the end of the PI!

#SAFe #SAFeSummit #havingfunonmonday Continue reading “Agile Moment: New SAFe planned business value tool for business owners…”

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

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?

Upgrades! Power up your coaching

Time for a few upgrades. Since I can’t add anymore brain cells… I’ll settle for aids.

I tried the iPad with the fire timer. That was a fire fail because you have to deal with keeping it charged all day. Plus, it encourages students to play with their electronics.

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And, what about breaks and time boxes? Yelling isn’t very kind and your voice will need all the reserved cycles it can get. Chimes are awesome and you can use them as a reward for games by letting the winner play the song.

chimes

Looking for authors with good content. Words and character.

Blogagility_definition4Looking for authors with good content. Words and character.

Have you adopted Lean/systems thinking and/or the “Agile” [sic] into your ethos? Do you have something to contribute to the community? Have fear about sharing your ideas and thoughts and want to learn how to let go? Do you want a place where you can grow? Are you a change agent? A disruptor? Do you care deeply about diversity of thought and beliefs? Are you a relentless improver? Who was this Deming guy? A lifelong learner? How do you personally innovate?

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Let the world see your butterfly! Don’t be a caterpillar forever.

 

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