So you have, or you are implemented Agile in some form, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe… These are both exciting and scary times. You’ve convinced your boss that this is a better way to create software, to create and deliver business value earlier, quicker and to build an amazing team. You have told your boss you can take him or her to management utopia! Well now it’s time to deliver…
So, why is it then that some many companies that I see have made this massive paradigm shift in thinking, expect their team members to do the same… even though they are still in a work environment that was, to be quite frank, devised in the late 1800’s.
Agile + Fun = Management Utopia
(Massive results, happy staff and happy bosses!)
Want to inspire a high performance team? Want to inspire creativity on your project? You need to create an environment that is so ‘awesome’, creativity and productivity is never an issue. Here’s some ideas to get started…
Here is a short list of simple ways to inspire your teams creativity and get them cranking out the productivity and creativity…
DO A SETH AND BUILD TRIBES
People want to belong to tribes.
I remember taking over a troubled project for a company in the UK. The moral of the team was shot to pieces, the output non-existent, the budget exceeded.
I started on the Monday.
On the previous Friday the company had made the team sit through a ‘we value our employees’ presentation… then fired them all! Go figure…
I talk to a lot of project managers and they always have the same question for me…
“What is my role in an agile organization?”
They see the scrum roles of scrum master, product owner and scrum team member and they say, “Wait a second, there is no role for a project manager in there. Do I even have a place in an agile organization?”
Well the answer to that is an emphatic yes.
I think that most project managers have a skill set that transfers over very well to scrum, but the key is understanding which skills do transfer over well and which ones are going to have to adjust.
This is the best video I have watch in a long time. This is how all leaders should be striving to lead. It wont take you long to realise that I am a big fan of Vishen Lakhiani and his leadership ideas… they fit with Agile so well.
In 2009 Vishen Lakhiani was asked to speak at Engage Today in Calgary along with such luminaries as Sir Richard Branson, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Stephen Covey, Nobel Prize Winner F.W De Klerk, Tony Hsieh, the founder of
What should you do if your teams continually miss their commitments?
That’s a question I get all the time and it is a serious problem. Interestingly, though, the answer to this problem might not be what you think it is.
Sometimes people naturally think my teams are terrible at estimating or maybe they just don’t take commitments seriously. That might be true but there are some other things I suggest you investigate first.