Agreeing on a More Agile Team Engagement Model By Playing Full Stack Poker

Full Stack Poker is a workshop I came up with to help facilitate a dialogue between stakeholders who need to collaborate with getting the right skills into teams in the right way. Loosely based on the planning poker game, it’s a highly interactive way for participants to collaboratively go through required capabilities and assign each […]

Uncategorized / 29 Apr 2020

Team Collaboration Patterns Part 2: The Traveller

The concept of placing people into market facing teams is at the core of Agile Organizational Design. But we won’t always be able to get everyone working on the same initiative onto a same team. It we won’t always be able place people on teams on a permanent basis. When we try to do this […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 29 Apr 2020

Team Collaboration Patterns Part 1: The Enabler

The concept of market facing teams is at the core of Agile Organizational Design. But not everyone in the organization is going to be a full time member of a single team. If we want to support agility at any scale we need to complement the idea of full time team members with other ways […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 28 Apr 2020

Defining Jobs and Roles in an Agile Organization

Note: If you like this post check out my latest book on Agile Organizational Design! Traditional jobs and roles suck Let’s face it, most conversations we in have in the workplace about, job positions, roles, accountability, etc tend to be pretty depressing. One popular topic is whether or not you are meeting someone else expectation of […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 24 Apr 2020

From Industry to Uncertainty

Note: If you like this post check out my latest book on Agile Organizational Design! Before we start digging in to how we do organizational design for the new age, let’s spend a bit of time explaining why we need to consider a new model in the first place. I’ll do a brief history lesson […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 23 Apr 2020

Agile Organizational Design, the book

So, I have finally published a reasonable first daft of my next book, titled Agile Organizational Design. This is still very much a rough first cut. The chapters in the mindset section are in decent shape, although hey need an example / use case to tie them together, along with the usual caveat around editing […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 17 Apr 2020

Refining Your Organizing Structure Through Team Collaboration Patterns

When looking at ways to organize for agility, we often turn to the classic agile team as the “one structure to rule them all”. Yet in my experience this is only one of several organizing structures that I have seen. This article provides a description of other ways people can organize to increase collaboration, documented […]

Team Collaboration / 05 Sep 2019

Facilitating an Organizing For Agility Workshop

Before We Get Started Before facilitating an Organizing For Agility workshop it’s important to lay down a few ground rules. Invite Everyone First try to involve as many people who are impacted by the change as you can. Emphasis on invite, the last thing you want is a room full of non participants. So make […]

Uncategorized / 24 Aug 2019

Principles To Guide Your Agile Organizational Design

Before I get into some techniques we can use to facilitate organizational design, as part of my next book, I thought it would be important to lay out a few overarching principles we can use to guide our thinking. These principles are: Organize For Cross Functionality, not Functional Specialization Organize Based On Market Pull Try […]

Uncategorized / 21 Aug 2019

Fundamental Agile Organizing Structures

The New Mental Model for Formal Organizational Structure For decades the predominant mental model for an organization has been based on the hierarchy. We grouped people, typically according to specialized capability, and put a single manager in charge of the group. As the group grew larger we in turn grouped similar manager’s and the people […]

Uncategorized / 13 Aug 2019