Many of things discussed has roots in Knowledge Management and ancient philosophy, beliefs and faiths. It is not new, but are generally ignored due to the strong influence of Taylorism especially in western contexts. This is an overview of things that work, that will need adoption in your context and are simple guidelines showing you how to do things.
Agile revolution of the previous decade. Chief revolutionary Kent Beck In the name of effectiveness, many good techniques were burnt on the stake Acknowledgement: Picture is CD Cover of “In My African Dream”
No individual, team or organisation lives in isolation Sets of internalised rules supported by values Has tacit influence Rules will be contested Shape understanding of social meaning + order Provides a framework for performance Shapes of rights + duties Political authority Economic opportunities
“ But what does it mean to be truly agile? Every two to four weeks teams produce a potentially shippable increment: a version of software that a customer or internal development partner could use and provide feedback on. Each of these increments is a step toward reaching the overall goals of a release. Truly agile teams maintain their software in a state of constant release readiness by ensuring they do not build up significant technical debt. Examples of technical debt include untested software, open or deferred defects, or product features that cannot be tested in an automated fashion. Agile teams maintain a consistently low level of open defects, test features completely as they are developed, and develop automated tests that have high code coverage levels (>70%) that can be executed with little effort. “ - Jim Sartain
From the work of Dorothy Leonard. Read “Wellsprings of Knowledge”
You are not here to produce software, you are here to provide value to the business Also refer to Dave Nicolette ( http://davenicolette.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/how-to-avoid-the-local-optimization-problem-when-coaching-at-the-team-level-2/ ) “ The goal is delivery effectiveness” Some still preach the Agile Manifesto, Some show you methods that will work
Use of an online system provides automated measurement. It is important not to neglect having a BIG VISIBLE BOARD
Challenging institutional lines of thought. Lean thinking Investing early in the infrastructure to obtain the savings later on Simple innovations, Blood transfusions in WWII (The exact dates are disputed by scholars. The date is approximate)
Eclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 971-931 BC
From the work of Dorothy Leonard
Acknowledgement: From the Penquin Classic edition of “The Republic”
“ In this management approach the job of leaders and managers is not so much to get the results, but to create the underlying system and develop people so that results can be achieved.” Mike Rother – Totota Kata
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