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

Blocking Off Time for Deep Work

I AM IN MEETINGS ALL DAY! As I worked from home this past week, I found that my workload was gradually getting larger, my workdays were getting longer and I was starting to feel burnt out. I was surprised to be feeling this way. I was home, after all, and thought that would make my […]

Coaching, Continuous Improvement / 30 Mar 2020

Coaching From Home

THIS IS DIFFERENT… As agile coaches, we know ourselves as agents of change and servant leaders. Historically, the effectiveness of our service has been best accomplished through in-person human-to-human interaction and the exchange of ideas. The idea of working from home is, well, different. It brings forth a brand new world and one that calls […]

Coaching, Team Collaboration / 21 Mar 2020

How to Run A POWERful Meeting

Have you ever looked up halfway through a meeting wondering what the heck the reason for the meeting is!? Have you ever ended a meeting, with no clear direction or action items? I know I have, and it can be frustrating. As an Agile Coach, traditional boardroom meetings are not something that we tend to […]

Team Collaboration / 17 Sep 2019

Build a ‘House Rules’ Artifact

Often teams experience daily issues that they feel can be improved but don’t feel like they have an outlet to bring it up. How should a team maximize the ability to continuously improve? Here is the story of a team that was experiencing events that they were eager to improve, and here is what they […]

Continuous Improvement / 12 Sep 2019

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

Merge Your Sprint Planning & Retrospective Using A CFD

I’ve worked with self-starting teams that enjoy the opportunity to discuss improvement opportunities. However, that is not always the case. It is unfortunately common for teams to struggle to see the value in getting together regularly and identifying areas for improvement. There are many possible reasons for this. Some are internally driven. A feeling of […]

Delivery Planning / 29 Aug 2019