Originally published on Linkedin by Paul McNamaraCo-Founder, Partner and Managing Director at Adaptovate One of the hallmarks of agile is its flat organisational structure. Without a traditional hierarchy in place, it begs the question: who is the boss? A boss is still needed, even with the most established agile teams, for several reasons. They can…Continue readingWith Agile Teams, Who’s the Boss?
INTRODUCTION “A diverse set of thoughts, backgrounds, and perspectives is just good business. One of the primary benefits of agility is constant feedback loops and collaboration. Without creating the environment and taking deliberate steps to incorporate diversity of thoughts and opinions, it’s a missed opportunity to improve employee engagement and build a better product or…Continue readingWhy Diverse Thought and Identities are Crucial to Agile Teams
Before we discuss four top traits for an Agile leader, first let’s discuss psychological safety. It’s the fundamental construct that all team members must have (Agile or not) and it starts with the foundations laid out by organisation leaders. PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFTEY AND INCLUSION in AGILE TEAMS One of THE most important aspects of the modern…Continue readingFour Top Traits for an Agile Leader
The Spotify Model? Tribes? Chapters? Squads? – What’s it all mean? It’s been six years now since Henrik Kniberg shared the Spotify Model on his blog. It was a vision for how Spotify would implement their operating model moving forward, as a work in progress. Not intended to be set in stone –…Continue readingWhat Are Chapters in an Agile Operating Model?
In Agile the Scrum framework consists of four events or ceremonies. Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum (or standup), Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective. It also has three clearly defined roles. Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team. Scrum is executed in what we call sprints – a duration of time, usually no more than a couple of…Continue readingThe Three Roles of Scrum: Explained.
Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. Oprah Winfrey The powerful role leadership plays during the pandemic has required leaders to think fast and change their leadership style to suit the challenging times. Likewise, departmental teams working with…Continue readingThe Powerful Role Leadership Plays During a Crisis.
Authored by Karrie Chen, Graduate Consultant at ADAPTOVATE Australia. As a business student, I often participate in university case competitions. These competitions are simulations of the work I do at ADAPTOVATE, working within a team to develop solutions to client’s business problems. Most recently in an Intervarsity case competition my team placed 2nd in the finals. However, this ‘win’ was certainly not achieved without having learnt from multiple unsuccessful attempts at case competitions prior. …Continue readingWhat makes great teams, winning teams.
Or as we like to call it – THE SEVEN BE’s Many of you are now working in companies that are struggling. We want to give advice for Agile teams in organisations struggling in a post-pandemic recovery. Acknowledging that for many, we are still mid-pandemic. You may be part of teams that are working through…Continue readingAdvice for Agile teams in organisations struggling in a post-pandemic recovery?
An established organisation is likely to have a deeply entrenched culture and strongly defined processes. Before we discuss what this old-school organisation needs to do to even think about implementing Agile, let’s get something out of the way. “Agile” the word, we all agree is somewhat overused. In fact we haven’t seen it used more…Continue readingWhat does an established ‘old school’ organisation need to do , to make change, prepare, or even think about implementing agile?
And why it’s important for companies to understand what their employee’s expectations will be. In a live video interview last week, the reclusive photographer and writer Sally Mann was asked “how’s life these days?”. She tells Sarah Meister, the photography curator at The Museum of Modern Art this: “It’s pretty much the same as it…Continue readingEmerging out of COVID-19 and lockdown – What will recovery mean to our employees.
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Due to CO-VID19 there is an increase in remote working. Here we provide our six recommendations for managing remote working teams in this uncertain time: Align your remote working teams on a goal to give purpose The goal is shared, even if the location is not. When worldwide events are uncertain, simple, clearly…Continue readingSix tips to keep your remote working teams engaged and motivated during Coronavirus
TEST AND LEARN WITHIN AGILE TEAMS “The “test and learn” approach is embedded in the very heart of Agile ways of working” says Slawek Koziol from our Polish team. For this article Slawek has kindly offered to talk us through TEST AND LEARN in AGILE in more depth. SHOWCASING Showcasing the result of team’s work…Continue readingTest and Learn within Agile Teams
When teams are struggling with team cohesion we are often asked these two questions. The two questions are intrinsically linked and if you fix one, you may very likely fix the other. First up let’s deal with the first question. What motivates team members? When we asked some of our own team at Adaptovate about…Continue readingWhat motivates team members and how should teams deal with a problematic team member?
Daily stand ups are one of the cornerstones of being an Agile organisation. Andy Koh , an Adaptovate Consultant in Singapore, says “The daily stand-up can be one of the easiest ceremonies to get right when adopting the Agile way of working.” However they can often sound easier than they are in practice. Because of…Continue readingMy teams wants to stop daily stand ups, what advice should I give them?
Caitilin makes the connection between her big family and her consulting life… After 20 years of corporate marketing I am addicted to agile and helping teams develop new ways of working. Agile employs cross-functional teams to create a product, service or campaign. The onus is upon the team to consistently test whether what they are…Continue readingAddicted to agile teams that are greedy and gutsy