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

Defining Agile as a Mindset

Ok. In my last post, I picked on various Agile Methodologies. It hurt to do it, and I may have offended a few of you. An important point, my issue is not with these Agile Methodologies. It’s with the idea that we can describe Agile as a methodology. That’s why I included the awesome Agile […]

Uncategorized / 01 Jun 2019

Defining Agile Using an Agile Methodology

What do we mean when we say “we are Agile” (Don’t forget to capitalize the A)? When you say Agile are you talking about the same thing I am? Do we agree when we say we are done our Agile Transformation? No, we don’t. My definition of what it means for an team/department/organization/enterprise to be […]

Uncategorized / 29 May 2019

Some initial writing on doing vs being Agile

What do we mean when we say “we are Agile” (Don’t forget to capitalize the A)? When you say Agile are you talking about the same thing I am? Do we agree when we say we are now “done” our Agile Transformation? No we don’t. My definition of what it means for a team/department/organization/enterprise to […]

Uncategorized / 05 Apr 2019

The final section of my next book will focus on Leadership that enables agility, and agility that enables leadership.

Agile transitions start and stop at the leadership level. Nothing will accelerate a shift in organizational thinking faster than when “official” leaders behave in a way that represents the new mindset. A big part of the mindset is that the primary job of leadership is to accelerate the growth of more leaders. When leaders put […]

Uncategorized / 28 Mar 2019

Another Major Section of My Next Book on will be what I have learnt about Facilitating Agile Transitions since I Wrote The Lean Change Method

Coming up with an approach that get’s you and your enterprise organized and moving along the Agile journey is challenging to say the least. It was the entire topic of my last book. This section will represent what I have learnt on the topic since I wrote it. The goal will be to prepare Agile […]

Uncategorized / 27 Mar 2019

A Major Section of My Next Book will be on Organizing Structure that Increases Agility

Agile is a way of structuring your people so that they can self-organize more effectively, improve how they talk to customers, bolster collaboration, and respond to change faster. Agile is also a lot more than that, but most Agile Transition Initiatives could do a lot worse than by starting and stopping with one simple premise. […]

Uncategorized / 25 Mar 2019