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Giving Direction vs. Self-Organization

In today's Agile world of software development, self-organization is sometimes misunderstood to include self-direction.  Very few teams can be truly self-directed and require the direction of some kind of stakeholder.   Providing clear direction however, need not interfere with self-organization.  By providing strategic intent that focuses on the "What+Why" teams can be freed to implement around the "How".  
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Big Ego's and Star Trek

Transactional Analysis is a very accessible theory of modern psychology. It's been a great tool to learn how engage in "Adult-to-Adult" conversations.  

Special thanks to +Greg Witz  and his team for introducing me to Transactional analysis at a Witz Education leadership course (http://witzeducation.com/).  
mymanagementexperiment.com That's a lot of Ego Transactional Analysis is a very accessible theories of modern psychology. It's been a great tool for me to engage in "Adult-to-Adult" conversations.  The following 10 m...
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Playing Games with Authority

Our team is experimenting with the tools found in the book "Management 3.0" by Jurgen Appelo.  One of our favourite tools is a game called "Delegation Poker".  I created a quick how-to video on how to play the game.

You can find the game materials and download them for free here:

https://management30.com/product/delegation-poker/

Special thanks to the author Jurgen Appelo for creating such a valuable tool.
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good Troy.
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Summary from Forbes article

1. Speak to people in the language they understand.
“In my experience, communication is a matter of patience and imagination. I would like to believe that these are qualities that we have in sufficient measure.”

2. When you’re overwhelmed, ask for help.
“You wanted to frighten us. We’re frightened. You wanted to show us we were inadequate. For the moment, I grant that. You wanted me to say ‘I need you.’? I NEED you!”

3. Always value ethical actions over expedient ones.
“There are times, sir, when men of good conscience cannot blindly follow orders.”

4. Challenge your team to help them grow.
“Lieutenant, you are a member of this crew, and you will not go into hiding whenever a Klingon vessel uncloaks!”

5. Don’t play it safe – seize opportunities in front of you.
“Seize the time… – live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”
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A New Car UI - How touch screen controls in cars should really work.
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Jurgen is my modern-day management hero. I love what he has to say about all things management.
In a business that depends on collaboration, you should receive your bonus from your colleagues (not from your manager) with a peer-to-peer bonus system.
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Whispering Wednesdays

Our department recently moved to a large open space without cubicles.  We've been given large tables, chairs, whiteboards and a beautiful 8th floor view of the Toronto airport.

It's been an experiment in creating better face-to-face collaboration and increased productivity. For the most part we're happy with the move.

There have been occasions where individuals have wanted to have a quiet space to focus and get work done.  Our new office space was not conducive to a quiet and focused space.

Driving to work, I'd listened to Jason Fried in an interview on the CBC.

He spoke about how the modern workplace does not support getting work done. (Jason Fried is the co-founder of 37 signals and the author of the book "Rework").

We decided to experiment ourselves by creating a "Whispering Wednesday" on the first Wednesday of the 2 week sprint.
mymanagementexperiment.com Moving to an Open Space Our department recently moved to a large open space without cubicles.  We've been given large tables, chairs, whiteboards and a beautiful 8th floor view of the Toronto ai...
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Its very disruptive in our workplace. Human instinct is to look up when someone new enters your field of view, which breaks concentration. Then with the noise of conversations, we get more distracted.

While morale goes down when you're all segregated to individual offices, we found a balance by dividing our office into small teams or pods of 5 or 6 people. Some distraction, and some interaction, but not too much. 
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My Management Experiment - where do I start?

An overview of 3 books that have provided me some practical tools to experiment while learning how to manage a contemporary software development team.

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My Management Experiment mymanagementexperiment.com An overview of 3 books that have provided me some practical tools to experiment and learn how to manage a contemporary software development team. I've been a Software...
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Special thanks to you +Simon Fawkes  .. if it weren't for your youtube video, I don't know if we would have found the "Art of Action" :)
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Design Tomorrow
Jonathan Ive Talks About Steve Jobs and New Products
Talks about his deep friendship with Steve Jobs and what's next
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Strategies to Get Things Done
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+Kneight Reinagel  you should read this when you get to an internet without massive network blocks.

Thanks troy! I'm sure I'll pick up a trick or two.  A few I go by:

A) You can think about doing things, or just do them.  The latter is quicker.

B) Sooner started sooner done.

C) There's time enough for rest in the grave.
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Empathy - your most important skill?

empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner
TL;DR - Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to …
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