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Separating out work and personnel management

I believe the future is to separate work management from personnel ("people") management. This isn't my idea. It has been around forever in various forms. We have tried these ideas in the past. I worked in a matrixed organisation in 1985-7.

Agile hasn't jumped the shark, it has just escaped the pond.

Boy, Agile Enterprise didn't take long to leap over the hype curve into the trough of disillusionment. Agile software has been hammered for some time, and now it's organisational Agile's turn.

Kill the restructure

I'm getting grumpy about the use of structural reorgs to chase ”transformation".
They don't work.
They break existing teams.
They damage morale.
They sow confusion.
And they turn one set of siloes into a different set of siloes.
I wrote recently about the dysfunctions of transformation, and restructuring is one of the worst.

Forget the Fullstack

Perfect people don't exist.
Start where you are. Work with who you have. Let the teams do "team Tetris" to self assemble into functional units with all the skills they need.

The wonderful free resources from DevOps Forum are the best. Thankyou Gene Kim!

Bringing Humanity to Work

Hear us present on the online conference Shine19 on 30th october at 04:00GMT about
Bringing Humanity to Work
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The dysfunctions of transformation

There are classic mistakes being made over and over as large organisations try to "do Agile", "implement Agile", or *shudder* "transform". I'm getting passionate about preventing the harm.

The work Renaissance

As everybody is surely aware by now, big things are afoot in how we think about work and management. Agile has spilled out of IT into the enterprise. Complex systems theory is finally shifting how we think. Safety culture is revealing the value in failure. Less widely known (yet), Open culture is flipping the hierarchy.

how much nice is too much?

How much nice is too much?

Chaos drives innovation

Chaos drives disruption and disruption triggers innovation.

In general we should capture any failure as an asset full of learning value. Capturing chaos to drive innovation is the same principle writ large. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Be ready, have the experimental results, have the thinking already done.

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