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Evolutionary engineering teams

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Startups, the natural habitat of the drama lama. How do you navigate such a challenging environment when minds and opinions collide?
We learned to organise production with scrum and kanban. And we put agile into our search for product / market fit thanks to Eric Ries and others with lean startup methodologies.
But how do we decide who has authority over what decisions and how do we let those power structures evolve? How do we make sure that the right people are at the right place at the right moment? How do we make our governance truly evolutionary?

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Evolutionary engineering teams

  1. 1. EVOLUTIONARY ENGINEERING TEAMS PRODUCTION AND GOVERNANCE IN
  2. 2. WHO AM I ? https://be.linkedin.com/in/jamescauwelier
  3. 3. SAN FRANCISCO taught me 2 things about startups
  4. 4. GOVERNANCE IN STARTUPS INITIAL TEAM MEMBERS HIRED Founder / CEO
  5. 5. GOVERNANCE IN STARTUPS INITIAL TEAM MEMBERS HIRED Founder / CEO engineering
  6. 6. GOVERNANCE IN STARTUPS INITIAL TEAM MEMBERS HIRED Founder / CEO engineering Sales
  7. 7. GOVERNANCE IN STARTUPS INITIAL TEAM MEMBERS HIRED Founder / CEO engineering Sales
  8. 8. GOVERNANCE IN STARTUPS THE TEAM GROWS MORE COMPLEX Founder / CEO engineering Sales
  9. 9. GOVERNANCE IN STARTUPS HIERARCHY FORMALISED Founder / CEO VP of engineeringVP of sales
  10. 10. LET’S LOOK AT SOME COMMON CHALLENGES
  11. 11. SOME CHALLENGES CHALLENGE: DEADLINE SETTING A B C D
  12. 12. SOME CHALLENGES CHALLENGE: INTRODUCING UNIT TESTING A B C D
  13. 13. SOME CHALLENGES CHALLENGE: (A) PROPOSES TECHNOLOGY STACK A B C D
  14. 14. SOME CHALLENGES MISSING LINK IN DECISION MAKING fast broad support AUTOCRACY slow no support
  15. 15. SOME CHALLENGES MISSING LINK IN DECISION MAKING fast broad support AUTOCRACY DEMOCRACY slow no support
  16. 16. SOME CHALLENGES MISSING LINK IN DECISION MAKING fast broad support AUTOCRACY DEMOCRACY CONSENSUS slow no support
  17. 17. SOME CHALLENGES MISSING LINK IN DECISION MAKING fast broad support AUTOCRACY DEMOCRACY CONSENSUS slow no support
  18. 18. SOME CHALLENGES MISSING LINK IN DECISION MAKING fast broad support AUTOCRACY DEMOCRACY CONSENSUS slow no support ?
  19. 19. WHAT IS governance ?
  20. 20. WHAT IS evolutionary governance ?
  21. 21. PRACTICAL TOOLS WHAT DO WE NEED? How to organise?
  22. 22. PRACTICAL TOOLS WHAT DO WE NEED? How to organise? How to decide?
  23. 23. PRACTICAL TOOLS WHAT DO WE NEED? How to organise? How to decide? How to evolve?
  24. 24. PRACTICAL TOOLS GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS Dynamic Governance

  25. 25. PRACTICAL TOOLS GOVERNANCE SYSTEMS Dynamic Governance
 Holacracy™
  26. 26. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE EXAMPLE: DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE 1. decide by consent
  27. 27. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE EXAMPLE: DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE 1. decide by consent 2. organise in circles
  28. 28. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE EXAMPLE: DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE 1. decide by consent 2. organise in circles 3. circles are double linked
  29. 29. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE DECISIONS BY CONSENT ▸ anyone can make a proposal ▸ problem can be demonstrated ▸ consent = absent of reasoned objections ▸ objections: ▸ conflict with organisation’s purpose ▸ can be explained and resolved
  30. 30. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE ORGANISE IN CIRCLES FOUNDING CIRCLE
  31. 31. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE ORGANISE IN CIRCLES SALES CIRCLE ENGINEERING FOUNDING CIRCLEMANAGEMENT CIRCLE
  32. 32. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE ORGANISE IN CIRCLES SALES CIRCLE ENGINEERING FOUNDING CIRCLEMANAGEMENT CIRCLE
  33. 33. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE ORGANISE IN CIRCLES SALES CIRCLE ENGINEERING FOUNDING CIRCLEMANAGEMENT CIRCLE
  34. 34. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE DOUBLE LINKING OF CIRCLES (GOOD) MANAGEMENT CIRCLE ENGINEERING CIRCLESALES CIRCLE
  35. 35. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE DOUBLE LINKING OF CIRCLES (GOOD) MANAGEMENT CIRCLE ENGINEERING CIRCLESALES CIRCLE
  36. 36. DYNAMIC GOVERNANCE DOUBLE LINKING OF CIRCLES (GOOD) MANAGEMENT CIRCLE ENGINEERING CIRCLESALES CIRCLE
  37. 37. QUESTIONS?
  38. 38. https://be.linkedin.com/in/jamescauwelier

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