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

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

Truths, Myths and Lies about The Agile Team

Agile Teams in a nutshell Agile teams are awesome. The how and why of agile teams are relatively straight forward concepts. The value of why you would want to rethink your organization as a set of agile teams is reasonably apparent to most people I talk to, but let’s do a quick recap and touch […]

Uncategorized / 08 Aug 2019

Taking Inspiration From Organizing For Complexity

Recently, our team have been leveraging the excellent book Organizing for Complexity by Niels Pflaeging. The book is an awesome read for a number of reasons. This text is now serving as a baseline for us to better describe our own thinking and experience on the topic of Agile Organizational Design, so much so that […]

Uncategorized / 15 Jul 2019

Agile Organizational Design

The traditional approach to organizational design has got it wrong, completely wrong. More specifically, traditional org design models are a barrier if you want grow an organization where smart people make amazing decisions that delight customers and enrich their careers. If you talk to many in the organizational design profession, they will lead you down […]

Uncategorized / 14 Jul 2019

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

Full Stack Poker is a game I came up with to help further the dialogue between various stake holders who are tasked with getting the right skills into teams responsible for delivering value. I am still in the process of play testing the game with clients, practitioners, etc but early results are good, its a […]

Uncategorized / 22 Jun 2019

Approaching the Mindset Discussion with Care

OK, so now that we want to have a dialogue with others around Agile as a Mindset, how do we go about having that dialogue? What posture do we take? when do we have the dialogue and when do we back off? Who do we have the discussion with? How do we start? What kind […]

Uncategorized / 22 Jun 2019