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Jurgen Appelo on Better Management with Fewer Managers

by Ben Linders on  Dec 12, 2014

At the Dare Festival Antwerp 2014 Jurgen Appelo talked about his new book Management 3.0 Workout and showed examples how organizations can improve the way that they manage themselves.

Prototyping an Organization to Improve the Way of Working

by Ben Linders on  Dec 09, 2014

Can you use evidence-based practices to test, validate & improve the way of working in an organization. Jo Martens from Nascom talked about prototyping your organization at the Dare Festival Antwerp 2014. He presented how they use experiments with evidence to do organizational change.

Adopting Innovative Ways to Manage Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Dec 08, 2014

Organizations are discovering new innovative ways to manage work and unleash the potential of the people who are working there. The Dare Festival Antwerp 2014 focuses on organization design and culture for networked organizations, providing ideas and actionable practices. Frederic Laloux explored 12 organizations who are using fundamentally new ways to manage work and their employees.

Adopting Agile: Should We Start with the Structure?

by Ben Linders on  Dec 04, 2014 4

When an organization decides to adopt agile the way it is structured often has to change. An agile way of working also brings new practices for teams and managers, and usually impacts the culture and mindset. All of these are related, but changing everything at the same time might be a too big challenge for an organization. Let’s explore what can happen when we start with the structure.

Agile at Scale with Hoshin Kanri

by Ben Linders on  Nov 24, 2014 1

When organizations decide to scale agile they can be looking for agile ways to define strategies, manage direction and sustain alignment. Deploying and stay aligned, is today's challenge said Pierre Neis. At the Lean Kanban France 2014 conference Pierre showed how using Hoshin Kanri has helped global players in their lean agile transition.

Lean Thinking Applied for Organizational Change

by Ben Linders on  Nov 19, 2014

In lean, we co-design and continuously improve processes and tools to better serve individuals and interactions said Claudio Perrone. Lean views problems as a gap between the current situation and the standard and expectation. Am interview with Claudio about problem solving and learning, and on tools that can be used to apply lean thinking for change in organizations.

Having Leadership Emerge in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Oct 27, 2014

Organizations should create an environment where people feel empowered and trusted, with a culture where leaders can thrive says Pawel Brodzinski. An interview in which Pawel shares his view on leadership and culture, explains what it is that makes leaders thrive in organizations and what organizations can do to create an environment where leadership would emerge.

Governance Behaviours that Result in Success with Agile

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2014

Brian Wernham wrote an article for The Times in which he identifies seven governance behaviours which are needed for successful adoption of agile, especially focused on government departments adopting new ways of working. The UK Government has mandated agile practices for delivery of IT projects and provides guidelines for service design using agile approaches.

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

by Ben Linders on  Aug 21, 2014

Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams.

Role of Managers in Agile Transformation

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 22, 2014 1

Changing role of traditional managers in agile projects explained by Robert Galen and Zappos approach of halocracy organizational model.

Q&A with Spark the Change Conference Organisers

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 17, 2014

The Spark the Change conference runs in London on 3-4 July. The theme of the conference is “Create an Organisation you can Believe in”. Aimed at leaders from across the business the conference aims to inspire attendees to build better, strong businesses, become more inspiring leaders themselves and create happier workplaces. InfoQ spoke to one of the organisers about the conference.

Do we Need Managers and Hierarchy in Agile?

by Ben Linders on  May 29, 2014 1

In organizations that are adopting agile people sometimes state that the hierarchy should be abolished and that we should get rid of managers. They consider managers and hierarchy to be something that hinder self-organization of teams.

Practices for Agile Coaching Conversations

by Ben Linders on  May 01, 2014

Organizations can work with agile coaches for the adoption of agile. Coaches use conversations to support people in the organization to change their way of working. Which practices do you use in agile coaching conversations?

Role of Managers in Agile Retrospectives

by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2014

Agile teams use retrospectives to reflect upon their way of working. Since it’s the team’s own responsibility to continuously improve themselves they have to decide upon the actions that they will do. What can managers do to support their teams when they are doing agile retrospectives?

Does Agile Drive Death March Projects?

by Shane Hastie on  Oct 27, 2013 7

A recent Gartner blog raised the issue of Agile projects driving "death march" behavior as each iteration becomes a drive to deliver more and more.

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