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

Team Collaboration Patterns part 4: The Dynamic Swat Team Member

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. Sometimes the political, and even economic reality is that we we can’t form new new persistent teams […]

Uncategorized / 04 May 2020

Team Collaboration Patterns Part 3: The Service Provider

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 the same team. Sometimes the political, and even economic reality is that we will need to deal with cross team hand offs. If […]

Agile Organizational Design, Uncategorized / 03 May 2020

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