Scaling Self Selection

Team self-selection is a growing ‘opt-in’ approach to building successful Lean/Agile teams, with resulting reports of increased effectiveness.

Are there lessons we can learn from this in our wider Organisational Transformation approaches?

Contractors and Consultants and Coaches (Oh My!)

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Contractors, Consultants and Coaches are often interchangeably used terms for externally provided people who help, and in some languages, the terms aren’t differentiated at all. However, they are different skillsets, involving a progressively changing focus of...

People, Not Resources

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Resource is a fundamentally inappropriate way to describe skilled, intelligent human beings with hopes, dreams and feelings. Soylent Green may be Made Of People, but People Are Not Resources. Why? Because in knowledgework, people are not Plug and Play, Replaceable...

Burns’ Corollary to McGregor’s Theory of X & Y

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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I had this as my mail signature for a long time. It’s too long to fit in a tweet, so, blogged. McGregor’s Theory of X: People are lazy and need close monitoring & tough carrot/stick management to make them work. McGregor’s Theory of Y: People are...

(Some) Agilistas: Still Not Yet Lean Thinkers

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Every so often I get myself to a place where I start accepting Agile as a sensible, sound way of doing things, as an effective industry-specific implementation/reinvention of a number of Lean principles, reaching towards one piece flow and pull systems, and coming up...