October 8, 2017

Ignore the Hierarchy!

History of Agile and Organisational Change Timeline game

Ignore the Hierarchy! Hierarchy is one of the defining cultural properties of modern civilisation. It is part of a reinforcing loop that encourages conformity and includes leadership and structure. From experience, I know that you cannot change culture directly. In the Enterprise Agility Masterclass (EAM) we use the AWA model which defines levers we can adjust,…

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October 4, 2017

History of Organisational Change – Podcast

History of Organisational Change – Podcast In this episode, Tim and Simon talk about the history and patterns of organisational change, the role that agile plays, and why the way we think about our own identity changes over time and is changing now. The context of this conversation stems from a module in our 3…

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November 10, 2016

An Agile Tale – Destined to Fly

An Agile Tale – Destined to Fly At what stage do you think a caterpillar knows it will one day be something else? Even if it knows it is destined to transform, do you think it realizes that one day it will flutter over the same ground it currently crawls along, and that many will…

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August 25, 2016

What is an Agile Coach?

What is an Agile Coach? This post follows on from What is Agile? If you didn’t read that, then please it read it now. Otherwise, this isn’t going to indake a whole lot of sense. OK, let’s begin. What is an Agile Coach? The word ‘coach’, like the old stage coaches, can be taken to…

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May 27, 2016

Coaching skills for agile coaches

Coaching Skills for Agile Coaches I’ve noticed that the word ‘coaching’ is often used to describe anything from teaching to professional coaching, and everything in between. So how much of what we do as agile coaches or ScrumMasters is really coaching – and how much of it should be? The Agile Coaching Institute’s coaching competency…

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February 26, 2016

The Cynefin Review Pt 1

Cynefin – The Sense Making Framework – Part 1 This is a new series on Cynefin and the Sense Making Framework that shares what I learnt on the 4-day course with David Snowden and Tony Quinlan. There are many other articles and official works which will give you a more formal view on the framework and I…

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September 2, 2015

5 internal tools for large scale organisational change

Abundance Living in abundance is a choice. Abundance is a state of mind. When you live in abundance or have the feeling of living in an abundant world, something changes in your output such that the very decisions you make create harmony and optimism in those around you. This is very much likely to bring…

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July 27, 2015

Course review – Scaling Agile and Organisational Change

Earlier on this year, I ran a 2 day course on Scaling Agile and Organisational Change. As far as I know, this is the only course to cover the major scaling frameworks and give some guidance as to when, what and most importantly why to use each one. We started the day with a slightly…

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July 8, 2015

Agile adoption strategies for large corporates

Agile Adoption Strategies for Large Corporates Everyone is different. Organisations are also different. The personality of an organisation is its culture. When we look to improve an organisation, it is the culture that needs to change. Applying different out of the box tools doesn’t work, because every culture is slightly different. We call this starting…

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April 2, 2015

Why Scale Agile? – Part 1

Why Scale Agile? Part one – Visibility   Visibility of progress has the net result of better financial outcomes that are derived by three types of behaviour. These are risk reduction, ability to direct progress and to increase trust between those paying for the work and those doing the work. Risk reduction The contract game…

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