Recently French courts ruled that a French Rentokil Director had the ‘right to disconnect’ and ordered Rentokil to pay a 60,000 euro fine. However, it is also right to disconnect – research has found that when it comes to solving complex problems, we are more innovative and effective if we are ‘intermittently on’ versus ‘always […]
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Traditional project management training assumes a relatively simple people management environment. However, projects increasingly operate virtually with project team members in different locations and sometimes different cultures and time zones. Proponents of agile methodology insist that teams should be co-located and that meetings should be face-to-face, but this doesn’t match the reality of our projects. […]
As organizations seek to get the benefits of agile working, one of key practices of agile, the daily face to face stand-up meeting, is being rolled out widely. The idea originated in the tightly interdependent world of software development where small dedicated teams, where all individuals are in the same location, hold a short morning […]
Much of the focus on Agile and other new ways of working is on the team as the basic unit for getting work done. However, most work is done by individuals and most people spend most of their time working on their own deliverables. What is the place for individual empowerment and performance in this […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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