Is Scrum a Shu-Stage of Agile?

In my filter bubble there is this trend of teams switching to Kanban after they’ve used Scrum for a while. Typically they had been successful with Scrum and switched to Kanban, when they felt they’d taken Scrum as far as possible. After the switch they do even better. I’ve never heard of a team switching …

Want Change? Make “your” way the easiest way

If you want to establish new ways to do things (i.e. processes), make sure that this new way is the easiest route for people to reach their goal. If the old way is easier, the new one won’t ever be adopted. Example: There is a new way to handle support, designed to let the developers …

Tribal Leadership – The 1-Page Cheat Sheet

Behold, the 1-page cheat sheet for “Tribal Leadership”: Download as PDF or buy as a poster from Zazzle.com Don’t need a fancy PDF, just text is enough? — Summary of leveling up a tribe — A TRIBE is a naturally ocurring group of 20-150 people, e.g. a small company or a department ina large company. …

Don’t keep stuck to your daily routine

There’s a certain type of quiet movie that I like a lot. It usually starts with a stranger entering a closed group, e.g. a village and the dynamics that enfold because of it. “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert“, “Fried Green Tomatoes” or “Kitchen Stories” are excellent examples. Did you ever stop to …

7 Stages of Emotional Dynamics during Change

Two weeks ago some colleagues and me took part in a seminar on “Removing Impediments / Change Management”. The main point we took away is that change is all about emotions: Each change invokes emotions – positive and negative ones. The positive are accepted, while the negative are unwanted and dismissed as resistance. But you …

Want Change? Start with yourself!

[This is a follow-up of my post about three crucial books.] The title really says it all: If you want change, you have to take some sort of action, to make it happen. It won’t happen by itself, with you just sitting around hoping for it. Today that seems blatantly obvious to me, but it …

Talk About What Matters: Content, Pattern, Relationship

[This is a follow-up to my post about three crucial books.] “I talked to him, about his lapse. But he had a valid reason. Just like last time.” Sounds familiar? Do you keep talking to someone about the same rule violations? Or worse, did you stop, because nothing ever changed? “Crucial Confrontations” suggests that you …

Three Crucial Books

As I’m constantly reading, this is the first of probably quite a few book recommendations. Ye have been warned 😉 Up first is not one, but a set of three books by the same authors: You’ve probably heard of them, but if you haven’t read them yet, let me give you a nudge. More of …