Agile working brings many benefits, but a strict application of agile methodology, intended for software development and originally developed by managers in a narrow monoculture can be an expensive trap. It is useful to distinguish between organizational agility (the capability of a company to rapidly adapt in response to changes in their market) and agile […]
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Self-managing teams are not new, there have been various experiments over the last 50 years in higher levels of autonomy and self-direction. Organizations like W. Gore were founded on self-managing teams. Today, however, they are really taking off as movements like Agile and organizational experiments like Holacracy and the form of self-managing teams practised at […]
Agile working brings a whole new vocabulary from sprints and scrums to tribes, chapters, guilds and squads. These new names and structures reveal an underlying consensus and simplicity in the key tasks that need to be done – irrespective of what you call them. We compared some of the ways of working currently getting the […]
It’s striking how many rules and processes today’s “self-organising teams” seem to require – isn’t this a contradiction in terms? I have been researching and working around self-organization for many years now. Some of our clients have made impressive progress with self-organising teams and there is increasing interest in concepts like Agile and Holacracy. There […]
Traditional Agile methodologies recommend dedicated teams in a face-to-face, colocated setting, with a strict focus on short to medium term deliverables. Many of our clients operate in multiple teams in multiple locations and need to operate ongoing business processes that can’t be easily divided into a series of two-week sprints. How can we get the […]
In a matrix organization, or any large global multi-national, it is easy for teams that start out aiming to be agile and nimble to become ever more complex. We might form a team to tackle a particular challenge, serve a large global customer or introduce a new bot. Initially we might have 3-4 people who […]
Increasingly, our clients are coming to us talking about introducing, or improving Agile work design, particularly in a virtual or matrixed environment. Many are concerned that their current business infrastructure and way of working lacks the ability to self-disrupt. Self-disruption is a challenge because the barriers to entry across many industries are falling and new entrants […]
A raft of blogs and articles earlier this summer linked McLaren’s recent woes on the F1 track with their matrix management structure. However in an interview directly with the current CEO Zak Brown by Sky Sports, he denied that their current internal issues can be traced back to their matrix management system. He did acknowledge […]
When Taylor and Haws first invented the watercooler in 1906, little did they know that it would become such an essential part of our folklore about how people communicate in offices. Having worked as part of remote and virtual teams for the past 12 years, I have not stood by a watercooler for a long […]
With the increasing complexity of products and services and many companies taking a more “horizontal” approach to providing value for consumers, this leads to increased need for collaboration to cut across the traditional functional silos. Many agile practices are also based around the idea of autonomous cross functional teams. On the other hand, according to […]
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