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 [...]

October 27th, 2009

On retrospective coherence – Part 1

I met up with my friend Michael last night. Michael’s a great guy, an expert in many fields, but one thing he really does well is throw a party. I have many happy (and sometimes drunken) memories of bashes held at his place.
One of the reasons I met up with him was because I’m planning [...]

July 14th, 2009

Turning up the heat – the levels

(n.b. This section is still a work in progress. I’ve been finding it easier to explain the different levels by giving examples, i.e. symptoms, than by giving a long description).
Level 5: Burning
(results in team burnout and death marching)
At the burning level, the heat is too high. The stress level results in chaos, aggression, and a [...]

June 15th, 2009

Turning up the heat – the basic model

In my first book excerpt, I described the idea behind the heat model. Here’s the model itself.
In the “turning up the heat” model, we differentiate between 5 different levels of heat: burning, cooking, cooling, congealing, and solidifying. It takes effort and energy to maintain any level of heat. The dissipation of heat in teams can [...]