Leadership is the ability to adapt the environment so that everyone is empowered to contribute creatively to solving the problem
Need to develop the people we are leading as well as the environment
Need a bigger overlap of the knowledge in organisations so that we can make better decisions
Systemic failure that we assume because you are good at something (like software development) you will be good at management / leadership – they are very different skills
Three C’s – clarity (people know what to work on and how it fits into the big picture), conditions (the means to do the work and access to resources required) and constraints (guidelines to know to act and decide) – things you need to consider if you want to move a complex, adaptive system and build empowered teams
Need to focus on the work that needs to be done not just on the little boxes or our job description
Ask the question to leadership – what are you willing to change?
Whilst smaller organisations can focus on the team, bigger organisations have to focus on the systemic level to make any visible difference
People are interested in the allure of the Agile benefits and what to cherry pick in relation to practices, the same happened with TQM and Lean – need to ask what next shift will help you deliver value to your customers
The millenials will be a big disruptor to management practices
Chasing the Rabbit or now known as The High Velocity Edge by Steven Spears; recommended by Tony as a great Lean book.
Agile Retrospectives – Making Good Teams Great by Esther Derby and Diana Larson; there might be a reason why this wasn’t discussed, but Renee did read it recently; it was okay but potentially an overrated book.
“Some tribes are stuck. They embrace the status quo and drown out any tribe member who dares to question authority and the accepted order.” – Seth Godin, Tribes
“Agile projects are like guided missiles, the customer discovers what they want, the developers discover how to build it and the things change along the way.” – Henrik Kniberg
The best agile teams leave their job titles at the door. Instead of "I am a tester", let's say "I am a team member with testing skills".