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Agile Fluency

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The Path to Agility

“Agile just isn’t working for my team,” Arno said. “My company decided to go Agile six months ago because we needed faster delivery, and now my team won’t even tell me when they’ll be done with the new application. They say they can’t because now they are ‘Agile’.” We could hear his air-quotes over the speaker phone connection.

As we listened to our friend Arno complain about his workplace, we looked at each other. We were mentally tallying all the misunderstandings about Agile that his comments reflected. There were so many, we wondered where to start...

Strengthen The Muscle

Author: Sharon Buckmaster Comments: 0 Filed Under: Coaching Leadership

Last month we talked about resilience - what it is and where it comes from. Because that newsletter prompted more comments and feedback than we have ever had to any newsletter, we decided to explore the topic a bit more. So now let’s proceed with resilience redux…

We ended our last article with a quote from Diane Coutu’s HBR article (May 2002) on resilience. She said, “Resilience is a reflex, a way of facing and understanding the world…resilient people and companies face reality with staunchness, make meaning of hardship instead of crying out in despair, and improvise solutions from thin air....

Just Another Buzzword?

Author: Sharon Buckmaster Comments: 0 Filed Under: Leadership

We are all familiar with the scenario. One author coins or uses a term, it gets picked up by someone else, both are quoted in a third source and so on. Pretty soon, it is on the pages of Harvard Business Review and now it is the latest bona fide management craze. Lately, there has been quite a crop of articles on resilient individuals, resilient organizations, resilience as the new skill no manager can do without, revenue resilience, etc.

So I decided to do some research (OK…more like poking around) and see who is actually talking about what, based on...

Sound Familiar?

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In our local daily newspaper for September 5th (yes, the actual hold-it-in-your-hand variety), a small article caught my eye. The First Lady of Japan says she has such a busy schedule that sometimes it is up to the prime minister to wash the dishes or take out the garbage.

Akie Abe is a big supporter of the “womenomics” policy of promoting women’s advancement. She says Japan needs this policy because women are under-represented in senior-level positions in companies, government, and universities. She contends that Japanese women have long been discriminated against in salary and promotion decisions.

Sound familiar? It should...

Endless Blessings for Your Team

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 1 Filed Under: Teams Retrospectives Meetings

Recently, I read an interview between Bernie DeKoven (who has aliases as varied as: Major Fun, The Shaman of Play, and more) and Barry Joseph (Associate Director For Digital Learning, Youth Initiatives, at the American Museum of Natural History). While the whole interview is delightful, and I recommend it, I was particularly struck by the game called "The Out Blessing Game" or "Endless Blessings.

Empirical “Certification” — Invest in Results

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 4 Filed Under: Agile Teams Coaching Events

If you’re in a particular Agile crowd, “certification” is a dirty word.

On the other hand, the Human Resources/People department in your organization looks for certifications on your resume, asks about them in job interviews, and you may get promoted or better compensated party through the accumulation of certifications. Getting “certified” as a user of a tool, or as a signal of skill acquisition may give you a personal boost as well.

So, what’s with the dirty word? What’s not to like about certification?

How do you transform your Agile into the Best Job Ever!

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Developing People Events People & Places

There’s this thing…as Jim (James Shore) and I have mentioned before, in the early days of Agile we would visit teams and hear, “This is the best job I’ve ever had. I love this work.”

People who were doing Agile (usually Extreme Programming) were excited about it, they shared it with others, who did it, and got excited.

But at some point, someone shared it with someone who got excited about it and shared it but didn’t DO it, so their sharing lost a bit of fidelity, like a copy of a copy. Hearing about a thing is not the same as doing a thing.

Let’s get REAL about Agile Fluency™

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Retrospectives Events

Preamble: This an update for the Agile Fluency Project on Kickstarter. I'm very excited about the project and its implications for team learning and the world of Agility. Since it's the culmination of our thinking about fluent proficiency and has implications for the Agile community, I'm including it on the FutureWorks blog.

I noticed it first with retrospectives. Esther Derby and I worked to share our insights about this powerful tool in the Agile Retrospectives book. We created a simple, flexible framework that could be dressed with activities most relevant to that team on that day. Many people have...

Join the Agile Fluency Project Community

Author: Staff Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Teams Developing People Leadership

Are you managing Agile teams? Are you wondering how to offer the best guidance so teams reach their highest possible performance? Is maximum team productivity on your mind? Are your team members telling you they need additional support to deliver the most productivity?

Here at FutureWorks Consulting, Sharon, Diana, and our network of experienced colleagues continually look for ways to help leaders like you. We offer ideas, services and opportunities to strengthen business agility, build resilience for yourself and others, and improve how you work with Agile teams and organizations. We’ve written before about the Agile Fluency™ model developed by Diana and James Shore, and now we bring you the chance to move the model from idea to implementation, through the Agile Fluency Project.

Going Live with the Agile Fluency™ Project

Author: Diana Larsen Comments: 0 Filed Under: Agile Coaching Culture and Change

Recently James Shore posted his "Lament of the Agile Practitioner" to provide history and background, from his perspective, for how we arrived at the Agile Fluency model. And, further, for moving into the next phase that we're calling the Agile Fluency Project.

For me, it all links to our FutureWorks Consulting vision: Contributing to the growth of workplaces where people say, "I love my work. This is the best job ever!" When we identified our vision, we intended it to apply to everyone at every level of the organization. Different strokes for different folks (as they say) and...

Storytelling

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“I don’t want her/him/them to make the same mistakes I made!”

“I hope you learn from my experience!”

“See what happened to him/them?!”

“If you knew what I’ve been through, you wouldn’t do that!”

“We tried that once and it didn’t work.”

Sound familiar?

When this sage advice is unappreciated or ignored, it’s followed closely by, “I guess everyone has to make his/her own mistakes.” Or the dreaded rebuke,“I told you so!”

Trying to save others from the discomfort we’ve experienced is a worthy impulse. When the pain we are trying to help them avoid is embarrassment, physical harm, disappointment or a lot of wasted effort, we...

The Role of the Coach

Author: Sharon Buckmaster Comments: 0 Filed Under: Coaching

Today there are an almost overwhelming number of available choices for coaching. Not only are there many individuals coming from vastly different backgrounds who serve as coaches, there are multiple views and models of what coaching is and is not.

We take the stance that coaching needs to guide individuals towards enhanced work/job performance and the personal satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference in the success of the enterprise.

You might say that sounds simple. Well…yes. Simplistic? …not so much. Whether working with an individual or a team, we follow a process of assessment, analysis and planning, and small step...