Goldilocks is an interesting technique and basically doing the opposite of estimating: You shape the work into the desired sizes. Vote each item into one of three piles: “Too Big”, “Just Right”, and “Too Small”. Split any “Too Big” items into “Just Right”-sized ones. Group any “Too Small” items together into “Just Right”. The Goldilocks […]

Big Visible Two-Day Agenda

A Big Visible Two-Day Agenda is an excellent visual reference for a training, workshop, or conference. Each half day is based on a simple 3 × 3 grid with a title. Key: Yellow—theory. Pink—game or exercise. Green—video. 3″ × 5″ Post-it notes cut into 3″ × 1¼″ strips allow for a landscape text that fits […]

Clear goal, simple rules

:Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. :Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior. ::—Dee Hock, CEO Emeritus VISA International From en|team charter: *”’Team”’—A group of people or animals linked in a en|unity of purpose. *”’Self-organization”’—The tendency of an open system to generate new structures and […]

Agile Organization

The 7th Key Principle of Lean Software Development is ”’Optimize the whole”’. The burning question is, how to boost collective evolutionary power from a participative, co-creative agile organizational point of view? Large Scale Intervention (LSI) provides principles, patterns and practices to just this? LSI is also known as ”’Whole Systems Change”’. Hope you enjoy a […]

Firefight no more

Highlights from ”Past the Tipping Point: The Persistence of Firefighting in Product Development” by Nelson Repenning, Paulo Gonçalves, and Laura Black. Putting out fires is not improvement. Finding a point out of control, finding the special cause and removing it, is only putting the process back to where it was in the first place. It […]

Ready Equals Done

Scrum has much ado about Definition of Ready and Definition of Done. The Definition of Ready for the current phase equals the Definition of Done for the previous. Likewise, the Definition of Done for the current phase equals the Definition of Ready for the next. They are the two sides of the same membrane. So, […]