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 […]
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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 […]
Last week we explored practical tips for setting up a virtual meeting for success. Here we share our top tips for influencing and inspiring action during the meeting itself – so there’ll be no participants sneaking off to check emails or make a cup of coffee – and you’ll have a committed group by the […]
The absence of normal visual cues and lack of opportunity to use well-rehearsed face-to-face skills can make influencing in the virtual meeting room feel much trickier. Many of us have fallen into the trap of staying in our comfort zone and ‘in control’ by uploading our usual mountain of PowerPoint slides and presenting at people […]
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