Communities of practice are about building knowledge, giving people support networks they need to give them the confidence to do their jobs well and making that practice better and as good as it can be
Most communities of practice are organic but they tend to be closed and often lack direction
Renee, Tony and Craig are at Agile Australia and sit down with Adrian Fittolani from Envato and discuss program management and monte carlo simulations. Renee also makes an estimate that is super accurate!
utilise bottom up program management at Envato, they have 4 main themes as a company and use self organising themes to meet those themes
had to evolve from co-located teams as could not find local resources, they now have any person working in any team wherever they are and make that work, they try to keep teams in close timezones and use asynchronous communication tools, have a policy to work anywhere and additionally a policy to travel and work from anywhere in the world for 3 months
the teams responsibility is to radiate program status, currently using a short document with a timeline view
launch wall for important items kicking off in the next 2 weeks – helps eliminate surprises
project is where more than one team is involved, form a circle around the project (like holacracy)