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The question is: "Is that 'agile' or 'discipline'?

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  • 1. Balance Does Not Have to be a Trade-off Is It Really “Balance” We Want? SEPG Latin America 2008 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 2. Is this Agile? or Disciplined? 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY*** Click for video.
  • 3. Why Am I Up Here?
    • Diverse background.
    • Aerospace.
    • Technology Management.
    • Manufacturing.
    • Software Applications.
    • Make waves.
    • Outrageous ideas.
    • Edgy.
    • Write about it.
    • Speak about it.
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 4. Breaking Molds
    • At the age of 13: Caused the re-org of 8 th grade curriculum.
    • At 28: Reversed RFP assembly at NAVAIR.
    • At 32: Engineer  Entrepreneur
    • CMM_  Agile
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 5. And Now for Something Completely Different…
    • Published!
    • 11 November 2008!
    • available at:
    • http://www.sei.cmu.edu/publications /documents /08.reports /08tn003.html
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 6. What Is the Problem?
    • Problem?
    • Dichotomy?
    • Taxonomy?
    • Dissonance?
    • Fear?
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 7. Where Do These Belong?
    • Active
    • Checking against goals
    • Choices
    • Commitment
    • Courage
    • External
    • Formality
    • Internal
    • Knowledge
    • Mastery
    • Newness
    • Passive
    • Planned
    • Rigor
    • Routine
    • Skills
    • Structure
    • Well-oiled
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 8. What is…
    • Balance?
    • Discipline?
    • Agility?
    • With ??
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 9. Agile 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 10. Discipline 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 11. “ Balance” Has Its Place 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 12. Or this Agile? 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 13. Or this Discipline? 06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 14. Seek “Balance” ….
    • You will always be arguing over where the right “balance” is for a project.
      • 37% Discipline, 63% Agile?
      • 78% Discipline, 22% Agile?
    • Is it “balance” only when you have 50% Discipline, 50% Agile?
    • “ Balance” is Ambiguous, Transient and Elusive.
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 15. Where’s the Balance Here?
    • How much is enough:
      • Water
      • Sun
      • Soil
      • Pollination
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 16. 100/100 Is “Balance” Too
    • Which is the “balanced” marriage?
    • Which is the stronger relationship?
    • Which marriage is the most likely to grow, do great things, and succeed?
      • 50/50?
      • 100/100?
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 17. Full Commitment
    • To Agility
    • To Discipline
    • Not a trade-off or compromise.
    • A marriage of equals.
    • Develops the freedom to “balance” on the fly.
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 18. Fully Committed
    • Trust, Communication, Transparency
    • Training, Learning, Questioning
    • Being experts in lean and agile.
    • Being experts in process improvement.
    • Leadership commitment that’s palpable and everywhere.
    • Regular and ad-hoc feedback.
    • No taboos.
    • Nothing is so “sacred” that it can’t be touched.
    • Vertical and Horizontal job/roll integration.
    • Intellectual Honesty
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 19. Agility & Discipline are Parallel
    • Only full immersion in agility and discipline creates the opportunity to be:
    • Don’t worry about “how much” agility or discipline.
    • Be Agile.
    • Be Disciplined.
    • Then just go develop.
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
    • Adaptive
    • Responsive
    • Lean
    • Focused
    • Frugal
    • Innovative
    • Market Leaders
    • Prepared for challenges
  • 20. Achieve Greatness
    • 100% Commitment to Agility and Discipline is the only “balance” point.
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***
  • 21. What = Done?
    • You’re here to learn.
    • You are the customer.
    • You define what = done.
    • What would YOU like to know?
    • I’m here to take your questions.
    06/07/09 ®2005-8 Entinex, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ***PROPRIETARY***