Archive for 'Teams'

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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The Tao of Scrum (complete)

Posted on 08. Apr, 2010 by Michael Spayd.

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Following was inspired by the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing). I was preparing to teach a new Agile team and wanted a simple version of the rules of Scrum. I started with the Scrum Guide, which I distilled down into 15 basic rules and 53 sub-rules. The basic rules, in this Taoist-like format, are [...]

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Conflict, Diversity & Appreciation

Posted on 04. Oct, 2009 by Michael Spayd.

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My friend Jean Tabaka recently posted what may become a seminal blog (who knows, eh?) on a process of escalating conflict she sees within the Agile community (Escalation is Killing Agile). It soon made the Twitter rounds and then ignited a storm of comments, including some that seemed to actually illustrate Jean’s point. My primary [...]

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Teams are the next new thing (no, seriously)

Posted on 15. Aug, 2009 by Michael Spayd.

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Jane Patterson, one of my partners, and I have come to a suprising realization: teams are the next new thing! Well, that’s a little misleading.  What we mean is that the use of what I call ‘conscious teaming’ as a discipline has similiar potential to the Agile, Lean or Quality movements. If applied with the same [...]

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