I spend a lot of time explaining the Kanban system and how it works to people who have never heard of it. However, I also encounter a lot of misperceptions among people who think they understand Kanban, but really don’t. These misperceptions hold people back from really embracing the Kanban Method and achieving optimal results. The first misperception is that Kanban is just a board that hangs on a wall,… Read More »Kanban Is More than Just a Board
Your customers love what you do, you’re doing pretty well, you’re delivering effectively and reliably, but you know you could be delivering better. You want to do better for your customers. You want to see if you can cut your delivery time even though you don’t necessarily need to because you want to double the value for your customers. This is certainly the ideal situation, and if it describes you,… Read More »For Leaders Who Just Want to Do Better
Does Your Team Look Like This? They identify as a team, yet team members tend to work separately. If asked, they say they value collaboration but don’t appear to be behaving that way in practice. They focus on getting things done and are quick to blame each other when a team member’s work is running behind. Leaders manage individuals. They depend on and need heroes to take on certain types… Read More »8 Steps to Increase Productivity and Reduce Overburdening of Your Team
COVID-19 has forced companies and teams to work from home. This can be highly impacting to team performance. Learn the early signals and ideas that can help.
In Part 1 of this series we explained why you shouldn’t apply agile frameworks and industry best practices blindly in your organization. There are serious downsides to prescribing agile practices It is because they generally come with what, why, and how but the how doesn’t always work in your company’s or team’s context. When the standard approach jams up against your current way of working it actually reduces productivity, and increases… Read More »How to use culture change to build sustainable agility
If your Agile transformation has been a painful experience you are not alone. This seems to be very common. They say change is hard. I strongly believe that we’re making a HUGE mistake with the approach in implementing this type of change in our organizations and we are making it much more difficult than it needs to be. There is a better way and I believe I have discovered what… Read More »Why you should stop applying Agile frameworks and best practices.
Agile is built upon teams of highly motivated individuals that leaders support to the best of their abilities, and they trust their teams to get the job done. AUTONOMY IS A KEY MOTIVATOR Dan Pink, the writer of the book titled “Drive”, recognizes through numerous studies and observations that human motivation can be grouped into three key areas; autonomy, mastery, and purpose. It comes with no surprise that autonomy is… Read More »Using the power of Inclusive Decision Making
Look at the Agile Hype Cycle graph below. Do you think it has nothing to do with Agile? It isn’t directly for this purpose, but it still applies. Published by Gartner, it helps us understand the maturity and adoption of specific technologies. This can be witnessed in organizations trying to adopt agile. If you find yourself in the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ area or before it you should be very… Read More »The Agile Hype Cycle. Beware of where you land.