In 2018 even the last companies tried to jump onto the Agile transformation train. Agile and Digitalization is dominating new titles and people with Agile in their mind became the new heroes. And Agile transformation programs have gained a tremendous momentum and size. At the end of 2019 none of these companies will want to hear about Agile anymore.
Wise words about leadership by Mike Beedle.
“Let’s say you are at a company with 10 people; price’s law states that approximately 3 people will be responsible for half of the productivity of value. Scale that out to 100 and now it’s 10 people who are responsible for half the productivity of value. Now scale that to 10,000 and you have 100 people responsible for half the productivity of value.” A finding that goes hand-in-hand with many examples of Pareto Distribution (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareto_distribution). So what to do about it? Give power to small teams! Develop cross functionality, build in quality from the beginning, and increase competency and team performance. Mob programming is an agile practice, which can help…
“An organization that establishes safety as a prerequisite and experiments together, will improve together, and win together.”
“Intrinsic motivation is essential for high-performing teams. Those leaders who understand the difference between internal and external motivators and know how to harness them will have the edge on their competition, on the field or in the marketplace.” “Praise the effort, not the outcome.”
(Missunderstood) Stances of a Scrum Master
One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is thinking they are supposed to have all the answers, especially when it comes to vision. There is a natural desire to look like you are smart and know what you’re doing. But sometimes the smartest thing you can do is to involve your team in creating vision and strategy and invite them to think together about the future. You don’t need to have it all figured out before you talk about it. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. This amazing article from Seapoint Center gives eight guidelines to involve your team in creating vision and strategy. [button url=”https://seapointcenter.com/involve-your-team-in-creating-vision/” target=”_blank” size=”small” icon=”external-link”]Open…
When talking about agile and agility, we should not forget that we are talking a lot about culture, values, and identity. Irrespective if we start an agile transition from top to bottom or from bottom to top, we need to understand that we have to take a lot of people with us. For many it is a big adventure, as their system, which helped them to achieve stability and reliance is questioned to some degree. We ask them to trust people, with whom they probably never have worked with and where they are lacking a fundamental understanding of their needs and objectives. Learning by Doing I am trying to foster…
“… meetings aren’t just about delivering results. There’s another outcome that leaders should be paying more attention to: creating a quality experience for each participant.”
If only one of the following headlines is drawing your attention, you should check out the full article. 1. We learn with our hands not with our ears. 2. Draw Everything. 3. Courses are not long workshops. 4. Everybody learns from everybody. 5. Your number one job is believing in them.
“The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers… They change things. They push the human race forward.” “The world has seen enough appointed committees. Then there’s bureaucracy, rigid accountability, metrics that measure certain things that are relevant right now but discourage people from trying new things.” ~ John P. Kotter
There are really only two advantages to thinking that you’re better than you actually are. The first is when you’re attempting to do a difficult task. Believing that you can do something difficult is half the battle, but if you truly overrate your abilities, then by definition you will fail. The second is fooling others into thinking that you are competent.
When it comes to the future of the workplace, the only safe prediction is to say that it will be different from today—more different than most of us can imagine.