Kaizen – The Meaning and Power of Change

TLDR – Kaizen If you think you can make something better (in your personal life, within a team or a collection of systems you work on, a process in your company), do it. What is it? “Kaizen” is made up of two Chinese characters: 改 kai = “change” + 善 zen = “good” – So kaizen …

Six Steps Towards Self Learning Teams and Organizations

One of the 12 principles behind the Manifesto for Agile Software Develop is: At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly. This adjustment of behavior can take many forms: from stopping a practice that is not fruitful to simply doing more or less …

Helping Team Members Stretch Their Communication Muscles: Kantor Four Player Model

It takes many different mindsets and behaviors to make a team hum. I am appreciating a view of collaborative behaviors developed by David Kantor (as part of his work on Structural Dynamics), and am finding it useful as a way to hold up a mirror to a team that is interested in understanding and improving their communication. 

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