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Archive for 'Culture & Change'

#Stoos, the Yellow vMeme, and the Coming Management Evolution

Posted on 11. Jan, 2012 by Michael Spayd.

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Last weekend I had the good fortune of joining twenty other forward thinking souls in #Stoos, Switzerland, to put our heads and hearts together. Our focus: accelerating the transformation of organizations—and especially management—in the 21st century. The problem might be summed up as mechanistic, monetized thinking which values money per se and control at the [...]

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An Open Letter to the First Co-Active Summit

Posted on 28. Feb, 2011 by Michael Spayd.

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I regret that I did not say it then. But I was not ready, we were not ready. In the intervening hours, I have talked to some of you–bemoaned that we did not collectively ’get to closure’–and I promised to do something. Here is a first thing. [Note: this blog was published Feb. 28, with an [...]

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Agile & Culture: The Results

Posted on 06. Jul, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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In May this year, I began a survey on Agile and Culture, covering the three big methods: Scrum, XP, and Lean-Kanban. I solicited participation on several major lists (scrumdevelopment, leandevelopment, and extremeprogramming) and from a couple of organizational clients. Approximately 120 people responded.
The results were confirming on the one hand, surprising on the other. As [...]

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Leadership coaching for agile managers & executives

Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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Michael is excited to be starting a  leadership coaching group for managers & executives engaged in Agile transformations. From the beginning of his Agile career, Michael has worked extensively with management and their unique perspective on the world of self-organized teams and the necessary changes to management assumptions that accompany an Agile transition. Managers making [...]

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Agile and Culture: Let the research begin

Posted on 11. May, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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I have long been a student of organizational culture, and for the past six years or so, particularly focused on the impact of culture on implementing Agile in large organizations. The center of my cultural approach is the typology developed by my colleague Bill Schneider, http://www.cdg-corp.com/products.html.
I have long taken the position that Agile teams seek to [...]

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PMO in a New Key

Posted on 09. Mar, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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The title of a book I read in college has always stuck with me: Philosophy in a New Key. It marked the beginning of a new conversation about how philosophy was done. I am intending something similar with a new whitepaper about PMOs in the Agile age.
My attempt to frame a new discussion about PMOs [...]

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