Episode 106: Turning the Agile Ship Around with David Marquet

DavidMarquetTony, Renee, Craig and special guest host Tyson Nutt catchup with David Marquet, author of “Turn The Ship Around!” and the “Turn Your Ship Around” companion workbook at the Agile Australia conference and talk about how similar a nuclear submarine and an Agile team really are:

  • leadership is not about telling people what to do and how to do it
  • all investments in human beings are long term
  • the approach spread from the bottom up, now the book is on the official reading list of two Navy’s (including New Zealand)
  • “I intend to” does not mean they get to do it – gives psychological ownership and to spark the conversation
  • thinking out loud is about saying what is going on in our head, this even works when teaching your children how to drive!
  • feed the beast – don’t respond by hiding, feed them with as much information as you can as data puts you in control
  • you can’t empower people, you can only unempower them
  • you give control while ensuring competence and clarity
  • whilst not telling people what to do can be good for their learning, sometimes you just need to tell people what to do (in the absence of competence and clarity)
  • good to have you team hold you accountable when you fall back to old habits
  • deal with the “frozen middle” by giving them decision making authority they previously didn’t have
  • when learning about a new team ask “what do you hope I will change” and “what do you hope I won’t change”, this is easy when you have not created the culture
  • “I imagine a world where we all find satisfaction in our work” – you need embrace your fears, on a submarine that can be fear of death
  • need to seek permission to proceed and embrace feedback rather than pursuing signoff
  • instead of saying “are you sure?”, ask “how sure are you?”
  • David is working on a couple of new books – a book of success stories and a colouring book
  • when talking to yourself, use the third person for motivation
  • signup for a weekly leaderhip nudge on David’s website

TheAgileRevolution-106 (40 minutes)

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Episode 77: Agile Australia 2014 Vox Pop #2

AgileAus2014At Agile Australia 2014 in Melbourne, Craig and Renee grab the microphone again and wander the conference foyer in one of the breaks looking for interesting people in the Australian Agile community to ask them about what they are working on and their views of the conference.

The people they harassed include:

  • Tyson Nutt – believes giving teams empowerment is part of the core of strong Agile teams, Rachel Botsman on disruption was a highlight
  • Stephanie BySouth – enjoyed seeing new speakers and attendees and that we are taking agile outside of IT, looking to bring collaborative innovation into the space, co-organiser of Agile Coaching Circles Melbourne
  • Dipesh Pala – IBM is realising we don’t do Agile to our clients, we do Agile with our clients, spoke on how leaders can recognise the humans in our teams
  • Chris Chan – holocracy and the concept of no managers is pushing the boundaries, co-organiser of Agile Coaching Circles Melbourne, stream chair of Agile Australia 2014
  • Neil Killick, Simon Bristow and Alexandre Barreto – Red Bubble is building their Agile development shop in Melbourne, MYOB are a large Agile shop in Melbourne, good lean startup feel running through the conference, #noestimates the book may come sometime soon (or not)

TheAgileRevolution-77 (19 minutes)