The Sports Team: A Good metaphor for thinking about roles and job functions in the age of uncertainty

6 year old soccer Who out there has watched their kids play a team sport at a young age. It is certainly a sight to behold, and its alot of fun. Some other truths.. No one knows how/when to participate No one is taking accountability outside of coaches and referees Everyone is interfering with each […]

Agile Organizational Design / 04 Jun 2020

Organize Around Value with Agile Long Term Planning

In my previous post I discussed the various agile practices that can be used to scale from self-organizing teams to ecosystems of self-forming teams. In this post I will focus on how members of teams in an Agile Ecosystem can collaborate to perform the Long Term Planning required to understand if they are organized for […]

Agile Organizational Design, Agile Practices / 03 Jun 2020

From Self Organizing Teams to Self Forming Ecosystems

Like this article? Read more in my book on Agile Organizational Design! The Need to Constantly Evolve Your Organizing Structures As I mentioned over the course of my book, if you want to foster organizational structure that increases agility, then you need to organize around your most important outcomes. We don’t know up-front what most important […]

Agile Organizational Design / 02 Jun 2020

There Are No Independent Teams

In my last article I sacrificed team stability for the sake of team independence. In this article ill state there is no such thing as (completely) independent teams. Please don’t hate me. Again, take a second to think about the value your team is trying to create. Perhaps we are talking a software application delivery team. The […]

Agile Organizational Design / 23 May 2020

Team Collaboration Patterns Part 6: The Agile Ecosystem

Agile Ecosystem You are part of a tightly connected ecosystem of teams focused on a common cause. Problem You are trying to deliver value to the market however there is more work to be done than could be accomplished by one single team. As you take on extra work required to scale, you spin up […]

Agile Organizational Design / 23 May 2020

Stable Teams Erode Agility

Like this article? read more in my book on Agile Organizational Design In my last article, I stated that there can be very real structural challenges you can face when organizing into agile teams. I presented a few controversial statements and promised to elaborate. Ok, here goes my first one. Stable Teams Erode Agility. There, I said […]

Agile Organizational Design / 23 May 2020

My Agile Teams Are Broken!

A few days ago, I shared my thoughts on why Agile Teams Are Awesome, and when they work, the experience is indeed amazing. When teams operate with a mindset that favors radical transparency, customer participation, feedback, and diversity, we end up with a structure that enables them effective self organize. And we get this without restricting ourselves to […]

Uncategorized / 22 May 2020

Why Agile Teams are awesome!

My book on Agile Organizational Design is based on the premise that a resilient organizational design is built by scaling out agile teams, and putting structures in place to support those agile teams. What do we mean by an “Agile” team, and why would we want to use this concept as our primary unit of […]

Uncategorized / 20 May 2020

Team Collaboration Patterns Part 7: The Dedicated Team Member

The concept of placing people into independent, autonomous teams is at the core of agility, and finally, I talk about the Dedicated Team Member as the last article on my series about Team Collaboration Patterns. As discussed previously, I use these various patterns as a means to represent the different ways people can engage and interact with each […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 19 May 2020

Team Collaboration Patterns Part 5: Communities Of Practice

The concept of placing people into stable, market facing teams is at the core of Agile Organizational Design. But we won’t always be able to accomplish every thing we want through the use of long lived, stable teams. Often we want to encourage people to collaborate outside of the “official” organizational structure. As organization’s scale […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 05 May 2020