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What is it that makes an Agile team or an Agile organization run like a clockwork, deliver and succeed? Is Agile just a set of useful practices and tools, or is there more to it than meets the eye? Yes, we also have values and principles, but are those what really makes the difference between a team that delivers and one that doesn’t?

More than anything else: could it be that effective teamwork and social/relational proficiency, custom-fit for an Agile cultural environment, are the ultimate – and largely untapped – source of real competitive advantage?

In this session, based on the speaker’s experience, we’ll explore topics such as:

* challenging mental models
* collective intelligence
* organizational learning
* self-organization

Among other things, we’ll get insights on how all of the above are required (and can be fostered) to create a culture and an ecosystem where your organization and people can reap the benefits of an Agile approach – which include quality, fast feedack, constant improvement, learning and, of course, wealth.

What is it that makes an Agile team or an Agile organization run like a clockwork, deliver and succeed? Is Agile just a set of useful practices and tools, or is there more to it than meets the eye? Yes, we also have values and principles, but are those what really makes the difference between a team that delivers and one that doesn’t?

More than anything else: could it be that effective teamwork and social/relational proficiency, custom-fit for an Agile cultural environment, are the ultimate – and largely untapped – source of real competitive advantage?

In this session, based on the speaker’s experience, we’ll explore topics such as:

* challenging mental models
* collective intelligence
* organizational learning
* self-organization

Among other things, we’ll get insights on how all of the above are required (and can be fostered) to create a culture and an ecosystem where your organization and people can reap the benefits of an Agile approach – which include quality, fast feedack, constant improvement, learning and, of course, wealth.

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The Beating Heart of Agile

  1. 1. The Beating Heart of Agile Andrea Provaglio Agile Organizational Coach @andreaprovaglio
  2. 2. Nice meeting you! I assist executives, managers and teams in knowledge-based organizations in implementing better ways of doing business in the 21st century. In over 20 years I worked with multinationals and small companies in three continents and I had a U.S. work visa for “extraordinary abilities in Sciences”.
  3. 3. Agile Cornerstones A change of mindset for organizations and individuals Transparency Feedback Self-organization Continuous learning Sustainable growth Value
 delivery
  4. 4. Some people struggle, some don’t
  5. 5. This gap is interesting Tangible
 Standardized Complicated Intangible
 Collaborative Complex
  6. 6. Our Mental Models Live There Such as: •SW development is quite like industrial engineering •Your teacher knows (then your boss). You don’t •Making mistakes is the worst thing you can do •Pursuing individualistic goals is the way to go •Always keep a scientific mindset over a humanistic one
  7. 7. Suspending Mental Models "Normally, our thoughts have us, rather than us having them”. – David Bohm, physicist and philosopher
  8. 8. Dude, why should I care about this stuff?
  9. 9. Creativity is a Competitive Advantage •It's essential for health, happiness and success in life and business •It's in all of us (that is, until we get educated out of it) •Gets covered by fear, judgement, mental models and the "chattering of the mind"
  10. 10. Teamwork is a Competitive Advantage "Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it's so powerful and so rare” – Patrick Lencioni
  11. 11. Learning is a Competitive Advantage "In the long run, the only sustainable source of competitive advantage is your organization's ability to learn faster than its competition” – Peter Senge
  12. 12. Collective Intelligence is a Competitive Advantage We are more “intelligent” when: • The group is diverse • Conversations have even contributions • Psychological safety allows for the integration of different perspectives
  13. 13. Knowledge is a Competitive Advantage And when the “Elves” leave, we all get poorer. — post by Steve Blank
  14. 14. So, how does an organization evolve?
  15. 15. Building Blocks • Clear goals for Distributed decision making • Thinking "out of the box" (outside mental models) • Soft skills, Self-management Skills, Personal Responsibility • Team Learning, Self-reflection, Dialogue, Physiological Safety • Understanding Empiricism
  16. 16. Tell Sell Consult Co-create Test Engaging and Shared Goals Degree of active involvement Capacity for leading and learning from “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook”
  17. 17. Making Self-organization Happen Traits in Leaders •Help Creating Shared Goals •Work with Constraints •Clearify Delegation •Provide resources and environment •Agree on feedback cycles •Be available Traits in Teams •Open Communication •Commitment and accountability to peers •Collaboration and Self- transcendence This is Emancipation
  18. 18. A Complicated mindset in a Complex domain Mismatched Mindsets
  19. 19. Embracing a Complexity Mindset A is A A is not B A is B
  20. 20. Isn’t that a lot to learn?
  21. 21. Learn From Practitioners
  22. 22. Learn From Peers
  23. 23. Learn From Yourself
  24. 24. Learn From Experience
  25. 25. …and the “beating heart”?
  26. 26. Leverage Collective Intelligence The Beating Heart of Agile Embrace Complexity Emancipate Organizations Connect to a Larger System
  27. 27. Want to Talk? provagl.io/linkedin provagl.io/twitter provagl.io/contact Click on the links!

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