Temenos: Containers for Growing Relationships

Temenos: Containers for Growing Relationships

"If we're serious about exploring the world around us, we have to explore the world within us." - Ken Robinson (Joint post with Olaf Lewitz - Temenos Series) The Temenos container provides a powerful mental model for understanding and improving relationships with others. Often we do not consider the larger context of the situations we are in. When we explicitly [...]
Get Your Stories “Ready” to go Fast

Get Your Stories “Ready” to go Fast

I was at a client recently and one VP was convinced that Agile was "untrue" and there was no way it could possibly work. The problem was that he had never heard of backlog grooming or getting stories ready. Once he saw the infographic below, the penny finally dropped and he understood how this crazy [...]
Temenos – A Workshop for Healing, Connection and Relational Flow

Temenos – A Workshop for Healing, Connection and Relational Flow

(Joint post with Olaf Lewitz) What is Temenos? Temenos is also the name of a special kind of experiential laboratory (usually delivered as a weekend lab) that Siraj Sirajuddin has created over many years integrating diverse influences. He’s been using these labs to support lean and agile transformations in his practice as an Organisational Transformation Mentor. In a [...]
Diverse Paths to High-Performance Organizational Culture

Diverse Paths to High-Performance Organizational Culture

There is no single path or prescription for high-performance organizational culture. Increasingly companies are abandoning the traditional "modern management" practices developed for manufacturing and are moving to post-modern approaches that reflect the changing face of work and  the needs of knowledge workers. In this post, we compare and contrast five organizations that have moved beyond [...]
Workshop on Characteristics of High-Performance Organizations

Workshop on Characteristics of High-Performance Organizations

At Agile Tour Toronto last November, I conducted a workshop to get crowd-sourced research into high-performance organizational cultures. The purpose of this workshop was two-fold. First, to understand similarities and differences between organizational cultures. Second, to see if case-studies of high-performance cultures would resonate with Agile-oriented people. The companies that were selected for study were: [...]
Transformation? Leaders Go First!

Transformation? Leaders Go First!

Let us consider an organization that wants to transform itself. i.e. to change in structure and character. A simple view would be as follows:   By state, I mean the complex system that represents the organization. This includes people, culture, customers, infrastructure, etc. Transformation is in a Direction Real transformation is about pursuit of a [...]