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Just do it

Just do it



Slides for our talk at Agile on the Beach: The 'Just Do It' approach to change management. ...

Slides for our talk at Agile on the Beach: The 'Just Do It' approach to change management.

Forget about seeing. Doing is believing. The As-If principle, coined by psychologist William James, tells us that changing behavior will change thinking, not just the other way around. Is that why ‘shock therapy’ Scrum works? Does this Stockholm syndrome approach to change management actually work in practice? And if so, how does that relate to current thinking about complexity and management?

Based on real-life experiences, we describe the effectiveness and limitations of decisive leadership as an application of redirecting situations from the Cynefin chaotic domain into the others. We describe steps taken, contexts misinterpreted, other mistakes made, and lessons learned.

All this illustrated with a tale of a failed multi-million euro project that was turned into a success, then a failure again caused by the unexpected success, and then… Well, come and listen.



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    • The 'Just Do It' Approach To Change Management @wouterla Wouter Lagerweij @C_G_ONeill Ciarán ÓNéill
    • “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” - William James (1842-1910)
    • sometimes a very directive Just Do It approach is the best way to get people into an agile mindset.
    • What is an agile mindset?
    • @wouterla Wouter Lagerweij www.lagerweij.com @C_G_ONeill Ciarán ÓNéill nimble-b-jack.blogspot.com
    • The Project
    • Automated Testing Mindset Execution
    • MVP
    • Change kScrum Testing Automated Testing Continuous Delivery MVP Kanban Kanban again Specification by Example Kanban PO team One backlog
    • References The As-If Principle - Richard Wiseman (UK, US) ‘Pencils’: Strack, F., Martin, L.L., and Stepper, S (1988). ‘Inhibiting and facilitating conditions of the human smile: A nonobstrusive test of the facial feedback hypothesis’. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54, 768-77. ‘love and poker’: Wegner, D.M., Lane, J.D., & Dimitri, S. (1994). ‘The allure of secret relationships Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 287-300. J. Sutherland, S. Downey, and B. Granvik, "Shock Therapy: A Bootstrap for a Hyper-Productive Scrum" in Agile 2009, Chicago, 2009. http://scrum.jeffsutherland.com/2012/01/scrum-shock-therapy-how-to-change-teams.html A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making: David J. Snowden, Mary E. Boone, Harvard Business Review http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin Novice to Expert: the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, Stan Lester A FIVE-STAGE MODEL OF THE MENTAL ACTIVITIES INVOLVED IN DIRECTED SKILL ACQUISITION, Stuart E. Dreyfus and Hubert L. Dreyfus