Social Complexity and Agility
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 [...]

April 25th, 2010

On understanding Agility…

An email popped into my inbox yesterday that made me very happy. My paper on applying the Cynefin model to Agile software development was accepted to the 1st international workshop on complexity and real-world applications.
I was pleased because this acceptance is recognition of the research and work I’ve been doing for almost 15 years on [...]

June 1st, 2009

The dining geek problem

Last weekend, I attended the Agile Coaches Gathering, which was held in Bletchley Park. I met many old and new friends, and had an enjoyable time. Thanks to Rachel Davies and Mike Sutton for organizing it!
A very interesting incident took place at the gathering, one that got me thinking about the practical application of my [...]

April 22nd, 2009

“Coaching self-organizing teams” course goes live in London

So, I’ve come full circle. “Coaching self-organizing teams” started out as an advanced training course which I held in-house for my best clients. It’s one of a group of courses I developed to help people working as coaches and ScrumMasters to do their job better. I’ve presented shorter versions of it quite successfully at a [...]

April 20th, 2009

Way to go, CSI!

From yesterday’s paper (my translation into English):
Her DNA was found at 39 crime scenes, she was on the most-wanted list for 15 years, police forces from most European countries were on the lookout for her – now we know who the supposed phantom killer is: a 71-year-old woman. Years ago, she worked in a Bavarian [...]