People over Process – Win with People

People over Process – Win with People

Success comes from Valuing People When we simplify the Agile Manifesto’s “Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools” we get “People over Process”. Agile is about people. It’s about a people-first culture. Sadly, many organizations are mired in organizational debt: mistrust, politics and fear. Changing the process won’t fix this. We need to go to [...]
Stop Agile Initiatives!

Stop Agile Initiatives!

I am sick to death of Agile Initiatives because they usually fail. Sure there are some companies where Agile just fits, but the most common case is a culture conflict. Best fix I know is: Agile is NOT the Goal (Workshop) The core problem is that the typical approach used to initiate Agile is inconsistent with [...]

Transformation Case Study Highlights

I was fortunate to act as  a catalyst for a transformation of a 100 person departments. Here is an early release of a presentation summarizing my learnings. Transformation Case Study Highlights from Michael Sahota   What I did (that made the difference) Uncover what’s really going on Share observations in a loving and caring way [...]
Don’t Weaponize Agile

Don’t Weaponize Agile

(Title was: Stop Using Agile as a Whip and Shield) I hate "Agile" Initiatives because of the damage they usually cause. The problem is that when people start thinking that "Agile" is the goal they start to weaponize "Agile" and use it as a Whip or a Shield. The Whip We use Agile as a Whip [...]
Self-Appreciation Game

Self-Appreciation Game

At Play4Agile, Olaf Lewitz and I hosted an exploratory session on personal growth hacks. Everyone shared ideas and turned into the self-appreciation game. Purpose of the Game The purpose of the game is to give people practice at accepting praise and recognition so that we feel good about our accomplishments and successes. This cultivates our [...]
WholeHearted Manifesto: We Value People

WholeHearted Manifesto: We Value People

The WholeHearted Manifesto consists on one value statement: We Value People. (Period) People are the driving force behind getting results. This is the secret recipe for success. We value all people. Our customers. Our peers. But most of all ourselves. It would be a mistake to think this is fluffy bunny stuff. It’s not. It [...]
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