Thursday, April 3, 2014

Culture & Agile & Change at the NYC Scrum Users Group

We had a great discussion.  The group was great, very active participation. Thanks especially to Rob and Mary.  And to many old and new friends.

Here is the slideshare:

We talked mainly about Fearless Change.  This is the work of Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising.

And they are soon to publish a second version of their book: Fearless Change (see Amazon, for example).

Here is the Appendix to the book, updated: AppendixFebruary2011

Wonderful list of the Patterns.

Here is an article that roughly summarizes the book: Leading Fearless Change

And here is the URL to more information:

We also talked about Open Agile Adoption.  My one sentence summary: inviting everyone to
participate in the change. Or even to openly complain that they are bothered.

The second sentence: Use Open Space to enable them to self-organize into participants in the change. (If you don’t know Open Space, then google Open Space Technology.  You need to know about it.)

Related to my ‘Little’s Second Law”: “People are remarkably good at doing what they want to do.”

See the slideshare above for more.  And also see:

Dan Mezick has the Open Agile Adoption Handbook coming out ‘real soon’.

There is of course much more to the ‘agile culture change’.  Many more wise guides. But these are two great places and 3 great people to start with.  Do not be overly influenced by the characteristics of the people.  The people have their ‘positive’ and their ‘negative’ aspects, depending on who you are.  Give their ideas a ‘fair’ chance, and try to put your positive or your negative biases aside.  For example, I personally find Mary Lynn Manns a completely likeable person, but that does not make her ideas ‘correct’. (Still, I think the ideas are wonderfully simple and useful. And the action is: we must DO them more.)

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