Organizing Around Purpose

Organizing Around Purpose is perhaps the most critical organizing principle I will present in this book.The remaining three principles, choice, change, and context are important, but they are a means to an end, they better allow people to organize for a reason that matters. The Purpose of Organizational Purpose All organizations are created for a […]

Uncategorized / 16 Jul 2020

Applied Innovation: The Basics

Innovation! One of those buzzwords that I’ve heard over and over in countless strategy sessions, but most of the time there is little understanding of what it truly implies. Throughout the following collection of articles we will be exploring the ideas and framework around innovation and how it can be applied in a corporate setting. […]

Innovation / 18 Jun 2020

What Corporate Innovators Can Learn From The Disruptors

Though over 20 years old, there is much that we can still learn from the late Clayton Christensen’s “The Innovators Dilemma”, especially when taken through the modern lens of current technology and management practices.

Innovation / 15 Jun 2020

Organize Forward: organizing towards agility in the modern age

There is a wealth of information out there on how we can be bettered organized for the modern era, in the face of constant change. But the information is in a lot of disparate places. This work promises to integrate and extends the material I have found most useful into a cohesive whole. A set […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 11 Jun 2020

Re-Thinking Agile Organizing Principles

Over the past few months I have been learning from what I will call “agile adjacent” communities . I have been reflecting on my own experiences. As a result I have been re-thinking the important agile organizing principles. I have been thinking about what principles will help us demonstrably improve organizational agility. The previous set […]

Agile Mindset, Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 05 Jun 2020

Continuously Organize around Value with Kanban

Visually Managing Flow of Value Across The Ecosystem of Teams Using Long Term Planning with a Graduated, Visible Backlog is just the beginning in terms of how we can scale organizational agility to help a collection of self organizing teams become an ecosystem Of self-forming teams , as the complexity of our ecosystem increases, we […]

Uncategorized / 04 Jun 2020

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