HBR:: Why Organizations Don’t Learn

A nice article on HBR - "Why Organizations Don't Learn", byFrancesca Gino and Bradley Staats; take a look.They list these reasons:Fear of failureFixed mindsetOver reliance on past performanceAttribution biasThe authors then give some strategies for overcoming these reasons for the lack of learning.  Many of these will be familiar to the agile community.See Also:Pitfalls of Agile Transformations by...

Transparency – Two Way Visibility

What does the value of Transparency really mean?Nextgov: How do you define transparency?Fung: My definition is quite a bit different from the conventional wisdom about transparency. A transparency system is designed to allow people to improve the quality of decisions...

The Simplest Systems Thinking Exercise – How to Make Toast.

For many years one example of process thinking, resource gathering, requirements, implementation and acceptance criteria has been the exercise - make PB&J sandwiches.  I've done this with groups to discuss the simple task that we typically overlook as...

Servant Leadership Model

Do a Google search on "servant leadership" and you will get plenty of hits (2.5 million for me just then). So if you don't know what it is cruise on over to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Servant_leadership and check out the 21st century "Cliff's Notes"...

Safety – the perquisite for Leadership

Many coaches suggest that teamwork starts with trust.  Simon Sinek would have us believe that there is a perquisite for trust: followers feel safe.That feeling of safety builds trust, and that trust sets the environment for teamwork.Do your team members...

List of Agile Team Exercises

A collection of blog post that describe team exercises - if you need more information about one of these please contact me.Video series on Scrum (short takes)http://agilecomplexificationinverter.blogspot.com/2013/10/learn-scrum-video-series.htmlA Release planning...

Agile Tetrahedron move above the PM Triangle for Value

Agile Tetrahedron - ver 1Who can explain the classic Project Management Triangle?  I've found that everyone has heard of it and uses it fairly well in a sentence. But when it comes to actually explaining the analogy to the triangle the struggles begin.  Some...

The Agile Late Majority has different needs

Are we applying a great solutions to a poorly understood problem?   What is the question - we know the answer is 42.The early adopters of Scrum were seeking a method of controlling the chaos of emergent product development processes.  They needed empirical...

The First Org Chart

Real leaders know how to draw an org. chart.  When did the leaders ego grow so big as to invert the  diagrams purpose and meaning?The first organizational chart (How information design solved a big problem for the Erie Railroad in the telegraph...

Restaurant Simulation Kanban

How would you visualize the value stream of a restaurant?A great teaching example for a team wishing to start Kanban. How do you like to visualize the concurrent activities of beverage service and meal preparations?  I like to see them stacked (not sequential).Hat...

Is your PO role working for the business?

I've never met a Scrum team that was highly performant (one commonly stated end goal) that did not have a highly engaged and participatory Product Owner.  I've also not met one person that can do all that that role requires for Scrum teams and the...

Retrospectives trump Planning

I was in a CMMI adoption process meeting today and I might have argued that the Scrum Retrospective activity (process step) is more important than the Scrum Planning activity.  Yet, know-one took the bait.  What would be a better piece of bait?We were...

How to make the classic PM Iron Triangle

I was in a workshop just the other day and asked if everyone was aware of the dynamics of the classic project management iron triangle.  While most people had heard of it, it was apparent that few actually understood the dynamics of the model.Perhaps...


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