explaining if holacracy is agile and taking a look at holacratic organizational structures

Is Holacracy Agile? Explaining Holacratic Organizational Structures

One of the basic principles of the Agile approach is the ability of employees and teams to self-organize – to make independent decisions that facilitate progress, teamwork, and the development of the organization in the desired direction. Self-organization is the basis of another organizational management model – a holacracy. In this blog post, we will […]

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Doing Agile vs. Being Agile: Why It Matters?

Grasping the difference between adopting the Agile methods into the work process (doing Agile) and shifting to the Agile mindset (being Agile) is a fundamental step to achieving a real transformation of the workflow, boosting engagement at all levels, and being productive.  No matter your position at a company, the project you are working on, […]

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When Will It Be Done: Project Forecasting in Kanban(ize)

Traditionally, answering the question “When will it be done?” happens in a deterministic way where teams prepare strict deadlines for their projects.  And while this approach works for stable projects, operating in a volatile environment requires a way to reflect our plans’ uncertainty. This calls for probabilistic planning, where project managers communicate possible outcomes (forecasts) […]

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The Kanban(ize) Way for Managing Dependencies

When managing knowledge work projects, the word “dependency” is often associated with delay. Honestly, that comes as no surprise because the traditional way of managing dependencies (using Gantt Charts) is not reliable in an environment where requirements frequently change.  Following the same old approach requires project managers to rework their initial plans often. In turn, […]

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Adventures in Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation: Learnings & Reflections

In Part I, we described our journey in Leading an Agile transformation for a complex hardware product development program in a highly regulated industry within a large multinational company.   We didn’t consciously set out to implement ‘Agile’ or lead a scaled Agile transformation.  We didn’t have a masterplan describing how we were going to deploy […]

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Exploring the Unexplored – Adventures in Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation

Leading a large-scale Agile transformation is hard.  It requires relentless focus and discipline to create an environment that empowers teams to deliver innovation at pace.  There are thousands of publications describing how this should be done in theory, yet not so many on how to translate that theory into practice.  The majority of those that […]