Social Complexity and Agility
April 20th, 2014

More Thoughts on Power

In my last blog post on the different types of power (here), I noted that it is more advantageous to focus on increasing expert and referent power than the other power bases. I’d like to look at this in a bit more detail here.
Power bases may be divided into two categories
-       positional, i.e. situations where [...]

April 4th, 2014

Authority and Power

One of the classic sayings in Scrum is that the ScrumMaster has no authority. He cannot tell his team members what to do, or what not to do. In a way, this makes sense. If the ScrumMaster had the authority to tell people what to do, he would take away their opportunity to take responsibility [...]

January 30th, 2013

The Volcano Principle

(n.b. Back in 2011, I was asked to write an article for a German magazine for their special issue celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Agile Manifesto. I wasn’t too happy with the direction their editors pushed the article in, and since a lot has happened since then, here’s a new, English version).
Responding to [...]

September 25th, 2012

Thoughts on motivation

One of the big challenges of being a Scrum Product Owner (or boss, or trainer, or parent) is motivating people to take responsibility for doing things. Telling them what to do, and how to do it, never really works, because there is no identification with the work to be done that inspires people to take [...]

January 21st, 2012

Reading up for CALM-Alpha

I’m really looking forward to the CALM-Alpha event next month. In preparation for it, I’m going through our tentative reading list. The faculty members suggest that attendees read the following books as preparation for the event:

Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Ursula leGuin, The Dispossessed
Dava Sobel, Longitude

In addition, it would be [...]