Those of you who know me, know that I am a raving fan of Spotify and their Agile culture.
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You see spotify have engaged the Agile philosophy properly. Agile is about trying, measuring, then retrospectively looking at what worked well, didn’t work so well, and well… what totally ballsed up.
Lets be honest here… every project has its issues. Any project worth is weight has to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved before, so it will come across some stumbling block. People will make mistakes. That’s normal and that’s ok with me. Its how we learn, its how we innovate. If we never try anything new, we wont create anything new.
Have you ever sat in a meeting and thought “OMG… when will this end?… I’ve gotta get out and get xyz done.” You didn’t feel engaged, you didn’t feel valued.
A silly question I know, of course you have!
Sadly meetings like this are common place. It’s how most meetings around the world are run… and they kill productivity and collaboration.
I’ll let you in on a secret… If I have to sit through another rambling meeting… one that I cant add any value too, I’ll lose the will to live.
Recently I was having a coffee with a friend and this topic came up. He started telling me about the Lean Coffee framework and how it had transformed his company. Ummm… no… it’s not a skinny coffee as the name might lead you to believe. It’s actually a framework for running lean meetings.
Here’s a thought… If Ricardo can run a successful multi-billion dollar group of companies using his version of Agile, then we should all be striving to instill this mindset into our teams and departments.
What’s exciting is that its not just us dev types who are rethinking better ways of working.
What do Ricardo’s principles and Agile have in common? Well, if I was to pick a commonality I would have to say this…
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.