The lack of leadership leads to management

 When confronted with the alternative of being more self-organising, decision-making and accountable people tend to blame management for not giving them enough freedom or trust. Which might be the same thing, in fact! Meanwhile everybody seems to agree that without management, everything could fall apart and, in most organisations, it will. But then management means centralised, top-down decision, putting people in execution mode and basically a command-and control structure. Not very productive in today’s world. The management perspective on the same thing is quite different. In fact, it is the opposite! Most people managers complain about low motivation and morale of their teams, lack of accountability and initiative, consistently missing objectives, being over the budget and late. Or, as someone put it recently “knowing yourself as you do, would you…
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Good luck!

 Extremely discouraging way to look at reality today! You want to learn how to manage this? Good luck! Don't believe anyone who tells you there is a method! There isn't any! You'll make it alive if you develop some sort of ability to adjust and build some dynamism into all your skills. That's our honest promise with all our agile training courses!  
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Two types of people

  Do you know the old joke, there are 10 types of people? Those who can understand binary and those who don’t. This is pretty much the same. Broader only! Our work with different companies and environment has led us to believe that it is safe to oversimplify and consider people, at least in a business context, fall under two categories: workers and achievers. Yes, the pejorative choice of words is deliberate. We could have picked "those who care about tasks" and "those who focus on deliverable". But no, they are "workers" and "achievers". Workers… - focus on completing tasks, - care about fulfilling duties, - are good at threat management, - are viewed as being generally nice guys, - are good at learning and applying best practices, - think…
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Reading list

 Because many people are asking about which books to read and because apparently people still read books, here is a list of what we think is relevant for this topic. “The Toyota Way” by Jeffrey Liker "Lean thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation" by Daniel T. Jones and James P. Womack "The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production" by Daniel T. Jones and James P. Womack "The New New Product Development Game" by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries "Agile Estimating and Planning" by Mike Cohn "Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great" by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber "Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game" by Alistair Cockburn "Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in…
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We All Want More Money

  We just did this experiment with one of our customers and the result was shocking. Different team members were insisting on getting a raise. So far, nothing new! They all try that once in a while, don't they? But instead of negotiating, or just saying no, we decided to play a little game. We asked each of them do correlate the increase of pay with whatever they thought they can do in terms or efficiency improvement. Furthermore, we ask them to determine themselves the value of the raise. Basically, you say how much money you want, you tell me what you'll do for it and you'll get it. On one condition! If the improvement doesn't happen you return all the money! Now, to make this very clear, this is…
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Why do Agile Implementations Fail?

  Lack of commitment They say they want to be agile but in reality, they don't! And they'll even show you how they value more things like predictability and management over agility. Inadequate resources Most people believe they have all it takes internally. And some actually might! But moving your organisation to Agile takes all the resources, expertise and knowledge that exists out there. We think we know everything Sometimes we tend to overestimate our skills and use them in the wrong workplace. Lovely quote: "75% of people think they are in top 25% regardless of the topic!" No real plan or roadmap As the old saying goes: failing to plan is planning to fail! Maybe "plan" is not the right word here but at least a roadmap or some sort of…
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Why do you need Agile?

In case you were not yet convinced, here are a few reasons why learning and using Agile could be good for you and your company.  
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