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SPaMCAST 512 marks the return of Jeff Dalton.  Jeff and I talked about the CMMI Version 2.0 and the Agile Performance Holarchy.  The CMMI is often maligned as promoting anti-agile behaviors. Jeff makes the case that Version 2.0 promotes agile.  We dive into the Agile Performance Holarchy during the second half of the interview. The Agile Performance Holarchy provides technology leaders with a model to guide agile adoption.  

Jeff Dalton

Jeff Dalton

Jeff Dalton is Chief Evangelist at AgileCxO.org, a Research and Development organization that studies agile leadership. He is a technology executive with over 30 years of experience as a CTO, CIO, VP of Product Development, and for that past fifteen years has been CEO of Broadsword and AgileCxO. He is an executive agile coach, agile assessor, and instructor, a regular conference speaker, and author of both “The Agile Performance Holarchy: An Operating System for Agile Leaders” and “The Guide to Scrum and CMMI: Improving Agile Performance with CMMI.” In his spare time, Jeff is an instrument-rated pilot and plays bass in a jazz band. He has degrees in music and computer science.  

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Re-Read Saturday News

In week 8 of re-read of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along) we read about building a usable checklist. In this chapter, Dr. Gawande puts all of the lessons learned in chapter 6 into action and tests the result.

We have three or four more weeks left in this re-read, which means it is time to start soliciting ideas for the next book. To date, Sandeep Koorse has suggested Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit and Steven Adams has suggested Bad Blood – Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.  What are your suggestions? I will run the poll in two weeks!

Remember to buy a copy of The Checklist Manifesto and READ along!

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Week 8 – The Fix – https://bit.ly/2NeKyBE (more…)

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SPaMCAST 484 features our interview with Andriy Bas of UPTech.  Andriy and his partner have created a firm that has truly embraced the ideas of agile, Teal and holacracy to create a highly productive, collaborative and safe workspace. We discussed the impact of the environment on satisfaction, quality, and productivity.  We also discussed whether or not this type of approach works for all people.

Andriy Bass an entrepreneur, programmer, reader and marathon runner. Andriy is a co-founder and Team Lead of the IT-company UPTech. The company is known for their unique culture – radical transparency, horizontal hierarchy, self-management. Andriy believes that healthy culture and teamwork is the foundation for any successful business and that the best client service starts with taking care of your team. The true creativity and human potential can also be fully unleashed only in the autonomous self-managed environment.

Links:

My twitter: https://twitter.com/bass_andriy

My facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bass.andriy

UPTech website: https://uptech.team/

Resources where visitors can learn more about Teal: http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/

Our company blog where we shared some of the practices: http://blog.uptech.team/

Re-Read Saturday News

The Oscars are being announced March 4, 2018. At some point in the process, someone will call for the envelope and boom: the big reveal. So in the spirit of the moment, we have our next book for the Re-read Saturday. We will begin re-reading Turn the Ship Around by L. David Marquet in two weeks (buy your copy today). I have interviewed Mr. Marquet twice for the podcast; I have gotten a ton from his books and the interviews, so I am pumped. I also want to announce the book after that, The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (I recently bought a copy and want to share what I have gotten out of it). Now on with the main attraction! (more…)

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Holacracy

Next week we will begin the next book, The Science of Successful Organizational Change. Remember to use the link to buy a copy to support the podcast and blog. Remember, the reread will be led by Steven Adams. I will be posting follow-on comments as we go!

Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World presents a mechanism to redistribute authority and improve decision-making processes.  Holacracy is very different from the common hierarchical corporate management structure currently in use.  That difference means that we have to read this book with the knowledge that unless we are working at Zappos or a few other avant-garde companies, many of these concepts are something in our future.  Four comments about the book and Holacracy in general that need to be made in closing: (more…)

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Holacracy

In approximately two weeks we will begin the next book is, The Science of Successful Organizational Change. Remember to use the link to buy a copy to support the podcast and blog. The reread will be led by Steven Adams. I am looking forward to sitting on the other side of the table during the next re-read! (more…)

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Holacracy

 

In approximately three weeks we will begin the next book is The Science of Successful Organizational Change. Remember to use the link to buy a copy in order to support the podcast and blog. The reread will be led by Steven Adams.   I am looking forward to sitting on the other side of the table during the next re-read!

Chapter 9 continues the third section of Holacracy, Evolution Installed: Living Holacracy.  This week’s chapter is titled If You’re Not Ready To Adopt: Moving Toward Holacracy.  In this chapter Robertson softens his if-you-can’t-do-it-all,-don’t-do-anything approach.   (more…)

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Chapter 8 begins the third section of Holacracy, Evolution Installed: Living Holacracy. We have approximately three weeks left in this re-read after today.  The next book is The Science of Successful Organizational Change. Remember to use the link to buy a copy in order to support the podcast and blog. The reread will be led by Steven Adams.  Steve has been an active participant in many of our previous re-reads and has appeared twice on the Software Process and Measurement Cast to discuss earlier re-reads.  I will provide supplemental comments and highlights to Steve’s insights!  I am looking forward to sitting on the other side of the table during the next re-read!

Chapter 8 of Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World by Brian J. Robertson published by Henry Holt and Company in 2015 is titled Adopting Holacracy.  This chapter begins to draw a number of loose threads together.  Personally, I find this chapter a bit disjointed (although useful). The chapter is formatted as a mixture of questions and answers and then a five-step process to bootstrap the use of Holacracy. (more…)

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This week we tackle Chapter 7 of Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World by Brian J. Robertson published by Henry Holt and Company in 2015.  Chapter 7 shows how to generate alignment between roles, circles, and the overall organization.  Lots of inspect and adapt talk this week. (more…)