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“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the…

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Pendulum Swings and Oscillating Systems

An effective hierarchy provides enough central control for coordinated action in achieving the aim of the organization. At the same time, the hierarchy must provides enough autonomy for subsystems to function, self-organize, flourish. Yes.  But how to do that? Let me walk you through a scenario that describes the challenge. I’ve seen a number of […]

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How To Be An Agile Leader

Leadership is a mysterious art. Whether you’re leading an agile development team or not, some of the important qualities of an inspirational leader are obviously the same. My latest blog post on the subject is now live on Jurgen Appelo’s new site, “Management 3.0”. Take a look by clicking on the link below! How To Be An Agile Leader Kelly.

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Shared Leadership – Empowered Teams

I’ve written before about how Agile Teams Must Be Empowered. This blog post about Shared Leadership from Leading Answers highlights 9 things teams need, to bring about a successful outcome at work. See below… 1. I know what I am expected to do and why it needs to be done 2. I want to do it 3. I have the

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Agile Teams Do Not Need Managers

I saw this post about Agile Managers? on the Agile Chronicles blog, and to be honest I found it a bit irritating. It mentions the notion that self-organising teams could go so far that managers are not needed. It asks why a manager would want to do agile if it might put them out of a job, and raises the

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Selling Agile: Gaining Commitment

Building people’s commitment to anything new, or to any significant change, is something that takes time and happens in distinct stages. Selling agile development is no different. As a change leader, you need to recognise this and understand the stages people go through. You need to take proactive action to identify who is at what stage of commitment, and address

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Self-organisation Is Not Boundaryless!

One of the key principles of agile software development is that agile teams must be empowered. In Scrum, an agile management methodology, this is known as ‘self-organisation’, or ‘self-organising teams’. The concept is that the team is given full responsibility for delivery and the management role on the team, known as ‘ScrumMaster’, is a facilitator role. The ScrumMaster is responsible

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20 Characteristics of an Agile Leader

Teams of all natures – agile software development or otherwise – need inspirational leadership to perform their best. That leadership may, or may not, come from the organisation’s appointed leaders. But all teams need it, nevertheless. So what are the qualities of inspirational leaders? Strong communication – storytelling and listening will inspire your teams. Passion for learning and intense curiosity

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Agile Managers Need To Turn Their Thinking Upside-Down

Managers in agile development need to turn their thinking upside down. One way I like to illustrate the change of mindset needed for an agile manager (or should I say leader), is to think of the organisation chart upside down. The manager works for the team. Not the other way around. Their role is to provide the necessary support to

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