Impediments – What’s Getting in the Team’s Way?

Every system – particular a complex one like a cross-functional development team – has constraints. Somewhere along the way from “Ready” to “Done” something impedes productivity and flow, be it drag or turbulence, viscosity, or excessive effort. Some folks call these issue bottlenecks, blockers, setbacks, obstacles, impediments, obstructions or waste. …

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 …

Agile, The Progress Principle, and a Healthy Inner Work Life

Not too long ago I finished reading a book titled: “The Progress Principle.” The authors’ explored the question: “What really makes people happy, motivated, productive, and creative at work…?” Plot spoiler alert: the title is a dead give away on what makes us and our teams tick: The strongest contributing factors: …