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John Coleman

agility strategist at Orderly Disruption Limited

London, United Kingdom

John Coleman is an active practitioner with 15+ years of experience in growing sustainable agility.

John help teams, managers, leaders, change agents, and execs. He can answer all sorts of up to date questions with ease. John coaches, teaches, consults for sustainable growth of agility in non-software as well as software. He created Broad and Deep agility (BaDa) on top of the shoulders of existing theory & practice. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUen2CeyTDk. John himself is broad & deep from the points of view of agility, people & change.

John Coleman is a Professional Scrum Trainer, a candidate LeSS trainer / LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer, organizer of ELNA (Executive Leadership Network for Adaptiveness), co-author of Kanban - the Flow Strategy™, and author of Kanban for Complexity™ aka Kanplexity™ with lots of attribution to Dave Snowden & Cognitive Edge for Cynefin and related theory. See https://kanbanguides.org or https://ace.works/kanban. John did one of the most comprehensive comparisons/contrast of the scaling/descaling frameworks at https://valueglide.com/blog and https://ace.works/blog ("Mirror Mirror" series). John Coleman's blog posts on executives, Scrum, Kanban, Nexus Vs. LeSS, are available at https://bit.ly/JohnColemanBlog. John blogs prolifically at ace.works, valueglide.com, Medium, CIO Water Cooler, and The Digital Transformation People. You'll be hard-pressed to find more passionate blog posts on executive leadership for the 2020s, LeSS, Nexus, scaling/descaling frameworks, and how to measure success (if it's even possible).

John is a systems thinker who happens to be a huge fan of Cynefin and sees the benefits of both, erring on the side of Cynefin where they clash. Most importantly, John takes an independent view. John is also a people & change thinker; he uses Spiral Dynamics Integral (certified to level 2) and other models; even if they are criticized in some quarters as pseudoscience, John finds aspects of Spiral Dynamics helpful in structuring better conversations with people.

John's Scrum+Kanban Nexus+ case studies can be found on https://www.scrumcasestudies.com (international payments company, European bank) and https://valueglide.com/blog.

John is grateful to be part of Marshall Goldsmith's #payitforward campaign and, in so doing, offers free coaching/mentoring/co-training to a selection of potential agility chefs. John is a member of the #MarshallGoldsmithLead60 group, a cohort from the 16,000+ #MarshallGoldsmith100CoachesApplicants. It was a privilege for John to be one of a lucky group of 60 people; Marshall Goldsmith himself taught that group in Salt Lake City in February 2018. All of John's workshops #payitforward Marshall Goldsmith content, including Marshall's advice to John himself.

John typically practiced with many of his clients for 18+ months. He is switching to shorter-term engagements. John's client list (directly or indirectly) includes Shell, BP, Barclaycard, Lloyds Banking Group, Vocalink Mastercard, MBB consulting firms, Centrica / British Gas, the Musgrave Group, RR Donnelley, DELL, Nordic Aviation Services, 84.51, Intralinks, PaySafe, and Ericsson. John has published four case studies since 2016.

John is a prolific blogger on advanced topics, and he leads on content creation for Scrum, Lean UX, measurement, Kanban, scaling, de-scaling, Executives, people & change. John teaches Marshall Goldsmith's techniques at all of his workshops in a #payitforward fashion. All of John's workshops feature Liberating Structures.

Reviews & Ratings for all of John Coleman's services are available:

5* Google (based from 33+ reviews) - http://bit.ly/GoogleReviewsJohnC

4.9* TrustPilot (from 75+ reviews) - https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.ace.works

4.9* Vocal References (from 110+ reviews) - http://bit.ly/VocalReferencesReviewsJohnC

It's not just about Reviews & Ratings. Reviews & ratings are limited by nature. John needs to understand if the learning made a real difference back in the office. So, John checks in up to 12-18 months later. He sees a pattern of improvement and regularly gets pleasant vibes from successful agility inspired by ideas from the workshops or coaching sessions.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London, UK
Speaking Topics: executive content, measuring success, growth of agility, scaling, de-scaling, Kanban, Scrum, Nexus, Large Scale Scrum

Speaking Fee $2,500

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Company Type: Company
Business Unit: agility, executives
Theatre: North America, Ireland, UK, continental Europe, Middle East

Areas of Expertise

Agile 39.29
Change Management
Climate Change
Culture 31.36
Customer Experience
Design Thinking 30.31
Digital Transformation 30.15
Entrepreneurship 30.26
Lean Startup
Risk Management 30.47
Startups
Leadership 30.96
Business Strategy 30.05
Fintech 30.21
Management 33.40
Marketing 30.87
Innovation 30.44
Procurement 30.26
HR 30.27
Digital Disruption 30.05
Future of Work 30.07
Project Management 32.12

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Engineering & Construction
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Oil & Gas
Pharmaceuticals
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications
Utilities

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Publications

29 Article/Blogs
How to use Evidence-Based Management and Scrum (Part 1): Bridging EBM goals with the Scrum Guide
John Coleman
September 10, 2021
Scrum.org developed its Evidence-Based Management (EBM) practices placing a strong emphasis on goals and experimentation. EBM's key value areas are also important, but the critical focus is on goals and how to use them to achieve further organizational gain.

This part I of a three-part series will focus on goals. We’ll examine how the goals set out in the EBM guide correspond to the Scrum Guide and some tools and formats for setting workable goals. Part II will focus on experimentation, and Part III will focus on measurement.

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Tags: Agile, Management

Tobias Mayer on Agility
John Coleman
July 16, 2021
There are loads of blog posts, articles and podcasts about agile - what it should be, what it should do, how it should look? The problem is that a lot of what’s out there is hypothetical and not based on field experience.


Tobias Mayer, author of The People's Scrum, and the upcoming audiobook, The State of Work joins this Xagility episode. Using funny anecdotes as well as real-life experiences, John and Tobias bring you a raw yet inspiring account of agile in motion, a consolidation of a decade of experience right to your ears.

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Tags: Agile

Haydn Shaughnessy - Digital Transformation hero
LinkedIn
June 02, 2021
Sadly, Haydn Shaughnessy passed away on 28th May after a short illness. My sincerest condolences go to Haydn’s family, relatives & friends.

I shall miss my conversations with Haydn. I met him in 2000 in a startup incubator scheme after which my startup failed dismally. Both of us reinvented into a similar but different space since then. Haydn was always the smarter one. He was incredibly well-read; he wrote on the Irish Times, Forbes, and HBR, and most recently he regularly hit number one or top-10 on several Thinkers 360 lists.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Future of Work, Agile

Pia Maria Thoren and John Coleman discuss agility & its importance
Medium
May 11, 2021
Pia Maria Thoren joins John Coleman as his guest in the first episode of the Xagility podcast.

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Tags: Agile

Why organizations need to widen the scope of agile, and how to start?
Medium
May 11, 2021
Join us for an insightful, knowledgeable, and humorous adventure as this group discusses the reasons for and benefits of organizations widening the scope of agile.

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Tags: Agile

lDiscussing “Agendashift” with Mike Burrows
Medium
May 11, 2021
Lean, Agile, and Kanban pioneer Mike Burrows joins John in this episode to chat about his book AgendaShift, which explores ways to engage every employee, at every level, in the process of change.

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Tags: Agile

​So what is organizational agility?
Medium.com
April 12, 2021
Have you ever noticed people keep talking about things, but they’ve not aligned with what their words mean? I have seen agility measured as the number of “agile teams” and the “number of training attendees” more often than I like to admit.
Maybe we can talk about what organizational agility is not — in a word — bs. For example, re-labeling, predictability for uncertainty, or old-fashioned micro-management and fear. Why? Because psychological safety enables cognitive diversity, which enables better handling of complexity.

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Tags: Agile

So, what is value, really?
John Coleman
April 11, 2021
If people optimize value or maximize value, it would be nice to understand what value is.
The dictionary definition is open to interpretation. I’d like us to be a little clearer for agility.

Let’s talk about what value is not:
- inputs such as budget, people allocation/assignment
- things to do that contribute to the creation of value also known as “activities”, e.g., sub-tasks to valuable work items, technical stuff that does not directly delivers value
- Outputs aka “stuff”, e.g., a “done” work item that is un-released in a Kanban context or a “done” increment that is un-released in a Scrum context

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Tags: Agile, Management

Ask John about Kanban as per https://kanbanguides.org
YouTube
February 22, 2021
Ask John about Kanban. John Coleman is co-author of Kanban Guide. He is also the author of Kanplexity, with heavy attribution to the creator of Cynefin.

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2020 Scrum Guide — addition of commitments to each artifact
Medium
November 18, 2020
The words “commit” and “commitment” feature prominently in the 2020 Scrum Guide, and it’s not just about the artifacts.
“The Scrum Team commits to achieving its goals and to supporting each other… when the Scrum Team and the people they work with embody these values, the empirical Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation come to life building trust.”
The Scrum Values contribute to people trusting and supporting each other. Let’s trust people, give trust, respect, and not expect people to need to earn it. And let’s continually improve together.

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Tags: Agile

Don’t be an apprentice in the negative sense of the word
Import from medium.com
November 12, 2019
Non-team commitmentsAs an executive leader, do you can still make commitments on behalf of your teams? Do you play the cynical game of accepting a plan you’ve insisted on because now somebody else is on the hook for delivery? Even if you shifted the blame, will your chickens come home to roost at

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Tags: Leadership, Agile

Kanban - the Flow Strategy and Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity)
Orderly Disruption Limited and Daniel S. Vacanti, Inc.
September 27, 2019
Kanban - the Flow Strategy is a minimal guide for Kanban for knowledge work. Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity) is an addendum for complex work.

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Tags: Agile, Business Strategy, Leadership

KantScrum Kanplexity
linkedin
March 30, 2019
Can't use Scrum? Using Scrum not as it was intended so not seeing the benefits? Can use Kanban but struggling a little with complex work? Here's a new Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity) Guide for Teams and Servants. Curious to get your comments. Thank you.

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Introducing Kanban for Complexity (Kanplexity)
Import from medium.com
March 29, 2019
BackgroundSome teams of knowledge workers (En.wikipedia.org, 2019) work primarily on complex problems. Scrum operates in the complex problem domain, so it can be a natural choice.Picture this contextSingle team Scrum is in use by many teams of different initiativesHaving genuinely tried, some team

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What is Broad and Deep agility (BaDa) ?
Import from medium.com
November 06, 2018
What is Broad and Deep agility (BaDa) ?https://medium.com/media/65b265cbb8ede8e11075bfc37297c843/href

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How do Nexus and LeSS differ?
Import from medium.com
November 05, 2018
This article discusses the growth of agility for customer-facing products with 3+ teams, probably tens of teams with Nexus and/or LeSS.Background:In this article, I compare and contrast the more advanced maturity patterns of Scaled Professional Scrum, Nexus with Scrum Studio all in one corner, and

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The original Lean “versus” Agile for knowledge work — or is it “and”?
Import from medium.com
October 09, 2018
The original Lean “versus” Agile for knowledge work — or is it “and”?I wrote recently about why you think your organization wants agility. I also wrote about comparing the Kanbans (including Toyota Kanban), Kanbaning your Scrum, and I started a series on comparing the patterns (or non

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Tags: Agile

Broad and Deep agility (BaDA)
Import from medium.com
September 24, 2018
Is your organization faking agility?Is there any appetite for growing sustainable agility?Bad news (good news maybe:)), I walk when I understand the client wants to stick with WaterScrumFall, Dark Scrum, Zombie Scrum, or other fake agility.I am ok with people not wanting agility and wanting to go

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Spot the difference — The original Kanban, The Lean Kanban method, Professional Scrum with Kanban
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
Professional Scrum with Kanban came out in February 2018, and it can be found at https://www.scrum.org/resources/kanban-guide-scrum-teams. The Lean Kanban method is described in the Essential Kanban Condensed Guide, that’s at https://leankanban.com/. The original Toyota Kanban has been around for

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Tags: Agile

Retrospectives with system modelling
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
In the Certified LeSS Practitioner classes by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, system modelling is introduced.I refer to system modelling in the sense of causal loop diagrams and stock & flow diagrams. I am a fan of both Dan Woodlock and Gene Bellinger. See sample videos below.https://medium.com/med

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Mirror mirror on the wall….
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
John Coleman does an opinion piece on scaling patterns and noneConsider this blog post as background for future posts. It has a lot of detail, and you might need to carve out some time, grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable before reading this.I can’t say I’m any better than anyone else in

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Tags: Agile

Why do you think your organization is growing agility?
Import from medium.com
September 23, 2018
We thought ofWhy do you think your organization is growing agility? Is the direction of travel primarily to….We thought of 28 potential reasons, and we’re curious how your organization would star-rate them. See https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/whygrowagility?

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Agile Cincinnati 2017 conference
linkedin
October 09, 2017
I enjoyed sitting around Fountain Square, the day before Bengals beat Buffalo Bills in American football. I skipped that game as Tropical Storm Nate sent heavy rain our way. Besides, it gave me time to go over my first one-off Ted-style talks – very few words, symbolic pictures, everything in 3s, facts mixed with some stories, being myself, staying in my lane, being relaxed.

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Tags: Leadership, Agile

Look familiar? #advanced
linkedin
October 09, 2017
Greetings from my trip from London to Cincinnati, where I'll talk about scaling/descaling, growing good sustainable agility and so on. If you're around the Cincinnati area, you'd be crazy to miss the conference. There are some rockstar keynotes. There are some great speakers, Ellen Gottesdiener is likely to steal my thunder as Ellen is on stage at the same time as me in another room. Ellen rocked at the LeSS conference :). There are still a few tickets left for Agile Cincinnati.

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Tags: Agile

Scrum Master role, Large Scale Scrum or not
linkedin
September 17, 2017
I like Timothy Korson's LeSS case study for pseudo-named "Cash In Comfort". There are all sorts of takeaways from it, which are listed in the case study itself. In that case study, two sentences struck me in particular ...

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Tags: Fintech, Agile

Can London beat Amsterdam?
linkedin
September 12, 2017
One year has passed since the inaugural Amsterdam LeSS conference. Read Robert Briese’s blog “My personal review of the first ever Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Conference in Amsterdam, 2016”

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#less2017 - LeSS conference article and video
linkedin
August 11, 2017
Bas Vodde told his Certified LeSS Trainer class in Santa Clara in March this year, that Ellen Gottesdiener, at my table, inspired Craig Larman and Bas Vodde's approach to product backlog management/refinement. Here, Ellen talks about the LeSS conference in London on 13-14 Sep 2017. In there you'll also see a short video featuring Dinesh Sharma and Ben Maynard, courtesy of Sullivan & Stanley, one of the conference sponsors. In addition, Ellen will be delivering a pre-conference training, Vision to Value: Backlog Refinement Practitioner – registration is now open!

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Tags: Agile

Do you believe this chart?
linkedin
August 08, 2017
If a journey was equivalent to a team of teams delivering good stuff together, yet dependent on back-end teams elsewhere, do you believe that ....

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Tags: Leadership, Agile

#less2017 #advanced - Did you know you can do a Scrum test and a LeSS test at Less.works?
linkedin
August 01, 2017
Did you know you can do a Scrum test and a LeSS test at https://Less.works ? It so obvious you could miss it. See https://less.works/less/test/index.html

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Tags: Agile

1 Book Chapter
Pivot: Real Cut Through Stories by Experts at the Frontline of Agility and Transformation
Writing Matters Publishing (UK); 1 edition (20 Jun. 2018)
June 20, 2018
Pivot is an inspiring and informative collection of cut through stories from 17 experts at the frontline of agility and organizational transformation.

Edited by Matt Bradley and Adrian Stalham from the Agility Gigs Community, and business author, Andrew Priestley, it features contributions from Adrian Stalham, Jacqueline Shakespeare, Scott Potter, Brett Ansley, Wayne Palmer, Matt Bradley, Bhavesh Vaghela, Angie Main, Karan Jain, Andrew Kidd, David Smith, Ahmed Syed, John Coleman, Mike Nuttall, Bruce Thompson, Jessica Gilbert, and John Boyes.

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Tags: Agile, Culture, Leadership

1 Miscellaneous
Xagility podcast - Pia-Maria Thorén of Agile People
Anchor.fm
March 18, 2021
John Coleman interviews leading executives and top folks from agility. The inconvenient truth is that agility can't be bought in a box. Take the hard choices and make a difference. Try Agile, Lean/Agile for the c-suite.

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Tags: Agile, HR, Leadership

13 Podcasts
John Coleman of Orderly Disruption meets Pia-Maria Thoren of Agile People
Xagility Podcast™
July 20, 2021
Xagility is a podcast series for the curious c-suite.

In this Xagility podcast episode, John Coleman of Orderly Disruption meets Pia-Maria Thorén of Agile People to review the book "Agile People".

John and Pia-Maria discuss metaphorical gardening, invitation over imposition, motivation, inspiration, agile leadership, agile management, and a beautiful poem by Dr. Leandro Herrero.

https://linktr.ee/johncolemanagile

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Tags: Agile, HR, Leadership

The theory of Scrum team effectiveness and evidence supporting it with Christiaan Verwijs and Dr Daniel Russo
Sustainable Xagility™
July 12, 2021
Have you ever wondered what makes Scrum teams effective? Perhaps you have found some theories online but do any of them have any scientific evidence? We bet not.

This episode brings you 5 years worth of research by the extremely knowledgeable Christiaan Verwijs and Dr Daniel Russo. Throughout the last half decade, these two have embarked on a journey to shed more light on what it is exactly that makes scrum teams effective whilst also debunking some of the common myths and thought patterns.

Having a scientifically backed answer not only adds to the field of scrum but also brings certainty - guidelines for effectiveness.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Agile

Robert Kinnerfelt chats with John Coleman about Holacracy and Sociocracy (Teaser)
Sustainable Xagility™
June 30, 2021
Ever wondered what the terms "Holacracy" and "Sociocracy" mean in the context of agile? How do we define and implement them? What is their effect?

Well wonder no more, Robert Kinnerfelt joins this week's Xagility episode to provide you all the answers. Alongside the host, John Coleman, both speakers dive in the ins and outs of Holacracy and Sociocracy and how they impact organisations.

Put your headphones on, the show is about to begin.

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Walking through Empowered with Marty Cagan
Sustainable Xagility™
June 23, 2021
This week, Xagility has the immense pleasure of hosting the incredible Marty Cagan to discuss his fantastic book: "Empowered: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products".
Marty Cagan is the author of Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love, and Empowered: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products. He has performed and managed virtually all of the roles in a modern software product organization, including product management, software development, product marketing, user experience design, software testing, engineering management, and executive management. He is the founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group, where he helps others create successful products through his writing, speaking, advising, and coaching. Marty has served as an executive responsible for defining and building products for some of the most successful companies in the world, including Hewlett-Packard, Netscape Communications, and eBay.
Packed with anecdotes, humor as well as pure wisdom, this episode is guaranteed to inspire you (pun intended) as the speakers dive deep into the core themes underlying Marty's book and discuss how to create tech products customers love!
So what are you waiting for? Tune in and get inspired!

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Tags: Management, Leadership, Marketing, Agile

Developing intrapeneurs with Denise Pereira Carvalho
Sustainable Xagility™
June 09, 2021
Is innovation about questioning or answering? Do you innovate with or only for your customers? Where exactly do you think innovation gets stopped within the corporation? How do we develop intrapeneurs?

These questions are often overlooked or indeed never raised the consequence of which is stifled innovation. But yet they are so paramount to the overall wellbeing of an organisation.

How do you nurture innovation and develop intrapeneurs?

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Tags: Innovation, Agile, Entrepreneurship

Developing intrapeneurs with Denise Pereira Carvalho (Taster/Exec Summary)
Sustainable Xagility™
June 08, 2021
Is innovation about questioning or answering? Do you innovate with or only for your customers? Where exactly do you think innovation gets stopped within the corporation? How do we develop intrapeneurs?

These questions are often overlooked or indeed never raised. But yet they are paramount to the overall wellbeing of an organisation.

How do you nurture innovation?

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Tags: Innovation, Agile

Mike Burrows on the 2nd Edition of Agendashift
Sustainable Xagility™
June 01, 2021
Mike Burrows joins John Coleman to talk about the second edition of the widely successful AgendaShift and its subsequent conference.

This episode is infused with real-life anecdotes as well as experience and humour. Mike takes the listeners on an enriched account of his book writing journey, his inspiration and his passion.

Sit tight and enjoy the episode!

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Tobias Mayer on agility
Sustainable Xagility™
May 11, 2021
Taking a seat at the Xagility table this week is Tobias Mayer.

Tobias takes the listeners on a thorough account of agility as he recalls the world of agile through his own lenses and of course, experiences. Packed with anecdotes as well as perspective, this episode is guaranteed to give you a brand new impression of agile.



Tobias Mayer is a certified Scrum educator (Scrum Alliance CST), an advisor, guide and mentor to those interested in humane and purposeful work places.

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Tags: Management, Culture, Agile

Discussing "AgendaShift" with Mike Burrows
Sustainable Xagility™
May 04, 2021
Mike Burrows, author of the uber successful "Agenda Shift" joins John Coleman on this week's episode of the Xagility podcast.

Mike and John discuss the underlying rationale of "Agenda Shift" as well as recalling Mike's book writing process.

The discussion then shifts to the contributions "Agenda Shift" has made to the world of Agile and the success it has received since its publishing. This discussion exists against the background of what the agile world looked like before the arrival of "Agenda Shift" as both hosts highlight the significant changes and improvements this book has achieved in the bigger holistic framework of agile.

Hold on to your socks, this one is guaranteed to knock them off!

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Discussing "Agendashift " with Mike Burrows
John Coleman
May 04, 2021
Lean, Agile, and Kanban pioneer Mike Burrows joins John in this episode to chat about his book AgendaShift, which explores ways to engage every employee, at every level, in the process of change.

John frames the discussion by revealing that upon reading Mike’s book, his immediate reaction was, “This is brilliant; I have to know more!” What inspired the birth of such a spectacular book? How do we fit these concepts into the larger agile framework and what does it look like in practice?

Get your snacks ready and turn off your screens as we get answers to the above questions in this captivating exchange.

Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/2P8vGa9
Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3sLbb1P
Amazon Music / Audible USA - http://bit.ly/JohnOnAudible
Anchor.fm - https://anchor.fm/xagility
YouTube - http://bit.ly/JohnonYouTube

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Tags: Management, Culture, Agile

Why organisations need to widen the scope of agile and where/how to start?
Sustainable Xagility™
April 27, 2021
Ever thought about the benefits ensuing from organisations widening the scope of agile? Where and how would this process happen?

Joined by the knowledgeable and passionate Carolyn Mumby, David Nixon and Kyle Richardson take the listeners on a deep, insightful and anecdotal journey highlighting both the need of organisations adapting such agile perspectives as well as the deeper underlying rationales.

The discussion then focuses on, hypothetically, where and how such widening process would happen.

Grab your headphones and get ready to be challenged!

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Sustainable Xagility - the agile manifesto, value and organizational agility with Robert Annis
Sustainable Xagility™
April 20, 2021
Robert Annis, Business & Organization Psychology Consultant and John Coleman chat about Agile, value, and organizational agility. Then they discuss the killer question...Is Agile dead? Well, is it?

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Pia Maria Thoren and John Coleman discuss agility & its importance
Xagility™
March 18, 2021
Pia Maria Thoren joins John Coleman as his guest in the first episode of the Xagility podcast.
Pia starts the episode by recalling her journey in agile and explains what fuelled the drive to write her first book: Agile People. John and Pia then embark on a deep, multifaceted, and simultaneously humorous discussion about agility.
Pia and John opine on what they think enables the optimum functioning of agility and what motivates employees. They discuss the importance of the 'garden' metaphor in agility and talk about fostering the right environment to allow employees to achieve their full potential.
Grab some snacks or your running shoes, and tune in here!


Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/2P8vGa9
Spotify - https://spoti.fi/3sLbb1P
Amazon Music / Audible USA - http://bit.ly/JohnOnAudible
Anchor.fm - https://anchor.fm/xagility
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk9T6k2qcGo&t=1s

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Tags: Agile, HR, Management

37 Videos
Pia Maria Thoren (Agile People) & John Coleman discuss agility
John Coleman agility chef
March 30, 2021
Pia Maria Thoren, author of Agile People together with John Coleman take the listeners on a nostalgic yet inspiring adventure as they first discuss Pia's bookwriting and career journey before progressing to its deeper underlying rationale.
The episode dicusses the importance of the 'garden' metaphor in agility and talks about fostering the right environment to allow employees to achieve their full potential. It does so against the backdrop of the 'house' analogy, which is concluded is not adequate.

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How do we rollout successful agile transformations when the world is working from home?
John Coleman agility chef
March 10, 2021
Carolyn Mumby and John Coleman chat about growing authentic agility and continual changeability for the organization's direction of travel, while people are working from home, through no choice of their own.

Carolyn is happiest when using her T shape profile to translate strategic opportunities into HR objectives and key results. Carolyn has extensive domain experience in designing innovative HR Tech systems and am currently the project lead on an Innovate UK backed initiative to measure and improve Agility levels among distributed teams working in online collaborative environments.

Carolyn is also a non-practising barrister specialising in employment law and HR. Over a period of 20 years, Carolyn learned to take a holistic view of legal rules, business strategy, human nature and common sense to provide commercially sound advice for hundreds of clients.

Taking a similar approach to digital HR transformation Carolyn believes there is, now more than ever, a compelling reason to inspire staff to leverage technology while they themselves add more value than machines, even in light of the rapid pace of change. John Hagel’s Scalable Learning model has captivated Carolyn for a while and informs her forward direction in terms of addressing many organisational constraints such as Employee Engagement and Wellbeing.

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Tags: Management, Agile

Ask John about Kanban as per https://kanbanguides.org
John Coleman agility chef
February 22, 2021
Ask John about Kanban. John Coleman is co-author of Kanban Guide. He is also the author of Kanplexity, with heavy attribution to the creator of Cynefin.

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Tags: Management

Ask John about Nexus as per https://www.scrum.org/resources/nexus-guide
John Coleman agility chef
February 15, 2021
On the Scrum.org website "Nexus builds upon Scrum’s foundation, and its parts will be familiar to those who have used Scrum. It minimally extends the Scrum framework only where absolutely necessary to enable multiple teams to work from a single Product Backlog to build an Integrated Increment that meets a goal.

A Nexus is a group of approximately three to nine Scrum Teams that work together to deliver a single product; it is a connection between people and things. Nexus seeks to preserve and enhance Scrum’s foundational bottom-up intelligence and empiricism while enabling a group of Scrum Teams to deliver more value than can be achieved by a single team. It does this by helping these teams to reduce the complexity created by cross-team dependencies that they encounter as they collaborate to deliver an integrated, valuable, useful product Increment at least once every Sprint."

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Ask John Coleman (agility chef, PKT, PST, LSFT) anything about Scrum
John Coleman agility chef
February 08, 2021
Ask John Coleman (agility chef, PKT, PST, LSFT) anything about Scrum

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LeSS measures, more outcomes - Ben Maynard
John Coleman agility chef
January 29, 2021
Since 2009 Ben has been passionate about organizational culture and design that enables the creation of value both for an organization’s customers and its’s people. Ben always wants to know "are we building the right Product" and "are we building it in the right way".

In recent years he has experimented with ways to balance an organization's desire for control, collaboration, and innovation through educating, coaching, and leading organizational transformations to get more with Large Scale Scrum (LeSS).

The catalyst to all of this has been his obsessional focus on the growth of people at all levels of an organization so that they can be effective and successful in achieving the organizations and their own personal goals.

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Tags: Marketing, Culture, Agile

Flawed Mental Models by Daniel Doiron, co-author of the book "Tameflow"
John Coleman agility chef
January 28, 2021
Daniel Doiron, co-author of 'Tame your Work Flow', returns to discuss what he believes are flawed mental models.

Popular delusions and the madness of crowds -- how flawed mental models & cognitive biases impact our decision making processas knowledge workers. How some things are self-evident but not obvious...
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A chat with Karl Scotland about X-Matrix and Agile strategy
John Coleman agility chef
January 27, 2021
Karl Scotland helps businesses become Learning Organisations.

Over the last 20 years Karl has been an advocate of Lean and Agile approaches to achieve this, working with companies including the BBC, Yahoo!, EMC Consulting, Rally Software, Cisco, SDL, Legal & General and Alegis. During this time, Karl has been a pioneer of using Kanban Systems and Strategy Deployment for product development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, as well as being active in the community and a regular conference speaker. As a result Karl was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean Kanban North America conference. Karl is a key contributor to Agendashift.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Agile

Andy Hiles, Daniel Vacanti, John Coleman - Kanban Guide & Prokanban.org (2020)
John Coleman agility chef
December 03, 2020
Andy Hiles, John Coleman, and Daniel Vacanti chat about Kanban Guide and ProKanban.org.

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Transformation Sprint - Haydn Shaughnessy
John Coleman agility chef
December 02, 2020
John Coleman charts with author Haydn Shaughnessy on his new book Transformation Sprint. See https://thetransformationsprint.com/

The Transformation Sprint is a time-boxed approach to digital transformation and business change.

It replaces the big transformation program with a manageable learning process that builds collaboration around your key challenges.

With a Transformation Sprint, you can build all the skills you need to help you succeed at change but best of all you can achieve some of the most important program design objectives in just four weeks.

To date, most transformations have used old project and program techniques to design and manage change. In Transformation Sprint, the authors have created a method that embraces agile techniques and draws them into the heart of the transformation design process.

Based on decades of experience and analysis of change at major organisations, the method itself is transformative.

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Agility chefs review the 2020 Scrum Guide (2020)
John Coleman agility chef
November 24, 2020
John Coleman is an agility chef. He happens to be a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer, LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer, and Professional Kanban trainer at Orderly Disruption. John and fellow agility chefs will review the 2020 Scrum Guide in this live stream session. If you'd like to join the panel on camera, email john@orderlydisruption.com.

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A chat with Scott Seivwright about Agile20Reflect Festival
John Coleman agility chef
November 16, 2020
About Scott Seivright:
Scott is an Agile Coach based in Scotland. He has many years of supporting and growing agile with large client organizations and has extensive experience of delivering Agile Ways of working in difficult situations.

Scott is down to earth and is open and will work with you with candour and respect.

Scott believes in delivering early value and alternates roles between Agile Coach and hands-on delivering valuable stuff. What is valuable? Stuff that keeps your customers loving you and coming back for more.

Worked at the C-suite level on transformations
Lead national technological Initiatives
Scrum mastered digital delivery teams on Apps development Android and ios
Worked with Major UK Companies on their Transformations
Coached, people, teams, Tribes and whole organisations on agile/change/ and transformation

Scott helps co-organize meet-ups for Heart of Agile and The future of Work in Scotland and is passionate about applying Human techniques to improve the way that teams work. Where ever those teams are teams in the Board Room, Teams in the Middle of companies or at the sharp end. He is always collaborating with new people on new ideas and new ways to help people collaborate, deliver, reflect and improve on doing their work better.

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About Agile20Reflect as per https://www.agile20reflect.org/home....

Agile20Reflect festival is the first Global Community lead Agile Festival! And as we learn how to do this we want to explain why it's not a conference so here goes..

"At our Free Agile Festival you can host, or do anything that you want at any time in February 2021. Co-badge it with us and we will advertise your event or activity on our central programme and we will keep a copy of your event or research for people that are unable to attend to make use of free in the future."

Its a simple idea, come be creative and share your passion! In our world community party!!!

Our watch words are
Curiosity, Collaboration, Community, Humanity, Dialogue and Fun!
At this difficult world time when so many of our industry are not working and many are effected by the financial and health crisis we want to celebrate and come together across the world. So for the 20 years anniversary of Agile will are having global meet-up type events where anyone can do anything around the world. We aim to have 1000 speakers reflecting on agile, at meet-ups around the world. 20 years is a significant milestone and a great reflection point. So we are looking for us all to put back into the community and build bridges. ...

Festival Motto : There is Unity in Diversity!!!

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A chat with John Seddon about Failure Demand
John Coleman agility chef
November 10, 2020
Since 1987, John Seddon developed both systems thinking and intervention theory, combining the two to create the Vanguard Method. Uniquely, this method’s sole purpose is to transform organisations by changing management thinking and helping this translate into a better system and improved performance.

John Seddon is author of several books, the most recent of which is "Beyond Command and Control". John created the Vanguard Method - see https://vanguard-method.net/the-vanguard-method-and-systems-thinking/. The sweet spot for the Vanguard Method is service delivery, finding the treasure within the building and within the current services, breathing life back into customer-centric service delivery, while other methods focus on "finding the next curve", the next big thing. John was on the show a few months ago.

In this episode, we will talk about Failure Demand, "demand caused by a failure to do something or do something right for the customer” (Seddon 2003)

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A chat with Tim Abbott
John Coleman agility chef
November 05, 2020
Timothy Abbott an Enterprise and Startup Coach that is an accredited coach and trainer in various aspects of Business Agility (Foundational Principles, HR, Facilitation, Coaching, Scaling Fundamentals, and more). Timothy passionately enjoys helping organizations unlock the potential of their people, products, and processes. Essentially, Timothy's core talent is in helping Senior Leaders and their teams get unstuck so they can deliver better customer-centric products and services to their customers in ways that enhance organizational adaptiveness, learning, collaboration, and skillfulness.

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A chat with Mark Noneman about Scrum.org's Evidence based Management
John Coleman agility chef
October 27, 2020
In addition to being a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, Mark Noneman is an Enterprise Agilist at SMN Consulting and a Managing Partner at The Madison Henry Group. SMN Consulting and Madison Henry are global professional services firms dedicated to helping clients realize the benefits of Agile development and pursue organizational agility.

What is Evidence-Based Management?
Evidence-Based Management is a framework organizations can use to help them measure, manage, and increase the value they derive from their product delivery. EBM focuses on improving outcomes, reducing risks, and optimizing investments. It is developed and sustained by Ken Schwaber and Scrum.org.

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Tags: Management

Talking To Your Boss About Lean UX
John Coleman agility chef
September 16, 2020
Lean UX is a way of doing UX work in Agile Environments that meets the challenges of modern software development. It allows teams to use continuous, iterative rollouts to remain competitive in the market. Despite the promise of the method, designers and digital professionals who want to use Lean UX practices face roadblocks when they don’t have buy-in from the organizations in which they work.
What do these roadblocks to Lean UX look like? Structural resistance to change, fear that lean practices are a fad, and a lack of access to customers, to start. In this talk, Josh Seiden will share tips on how to persuade your organization to move to a leaner approach.


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Daniel Doiron talks about Throughput Accounting
John Coleman agility chef
September 01, 2020
Daniel Doiron's introduces us to Throughput Accounting, helping organizations to be profitable now and in the future using cash as the measurement over accounting tricks...

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An interview with Ellen Gottesdiener
John Coleman agility chef
August 27, 2020
Ellen Gottesdiener is a Product Coach and CEO of EBG Consulting focused on helping product and development communities create valuable outcomes through product agility. Ellen co-wrote Discover to Deliver, and wrote Requirements By Collaboration.

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An interview with Troy Magennis
John Coleman agility chef
August 13, 2020
There are few people in agility as skilled as Troy Magennis with forecasting, metrics or managing dependencies.

Troy Magennis is a seasoned IT professional and executive, having helped deliver valuable software to customers at scale since 1994. In 2011 he founded Focused Objective, which has become the leader and trusted brand for Agile metrics and probabilistic forecasting. He regularly keynotes at Agile conferences eager to share his passion for using data in better ways to improve business outcomes. Previous clients include Walmart, Microsoft, Skype, Sabre Airline Solutions, Siemens Healthcare.

Troy currently consults and trains organizations wanting to improve decision making for IT through Agile and Lean thinking and tools, applying Scrum and Lean techniques appropriately and where they are going to make this most significant benefit through quantitative rigor.

Troy Magennis is often referred to by John Coleman as the most generous man on the internet. https://www.focusedobjective.com has a great "free tools & stuff" menu, tools that John uses regularly. Troy wrote a wonderful book on probabilistic forecasting.

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Exceptional management and management by exception. Management with TameFLow in the 20s.
John Coleman agility chef
August 10, 2020
Daniel Doiron's description of "Exceptional management and management by exception. Management with TameFlow in the 20s" is as follows......

Top management attention is the biggest 'invisible' constraint in today's corporate world.

Human's are very bad at integrating data, are subject to group think, tricked by anchoring and are emotional by nature.

Only one thing can help: metrics and science.

How can we apply this to management? And specifically to knowledge work where there are no answers to speak of in the agile world.

No one has the answers. That is unless you attend this meetup!

There is this extract from the book I recently wrote with Steve Tendon, 'Tame Your Work Flow', that I must immediately share with you all. The penmanship is Steve's and I don't recall anything deeper having ever been written in modern management.

''What most approaches fail at is not the planning itself, but in how the execution is managed.

In the TameFlow approach we are not thinking about the execution of the plan but more specifically about the execution of the work (work that was presumably planned) with the use of leading indicators and management by exception.''

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Daniel Doiron, co-author of "Tame your work flow" : Flow Efficiency - The first step to improvement
John Coleman agility chef
August 03, 2020
Good Flow Efficiency is the first step to getting lasting improvements. Yet, no one gets it done right. This is surprising given that it is at the core of Kanban and Lean and that it is made of two basic and easy to understand components : Wait time and Touch time!

This meetup will reveal the thought leadership of the TameFlow approach from Steve Tendon and will be quite an eye-opener on how to build a Flow Efficiency Kanban board. We will address the following topics:

Focus on Wait time or Touch time first?
Treat WIP as a liability or an asset? (Lean and agile decision filters will be discussed)
Buffers on traditional Kanban boards
Column WIP limits as an impediment to Flow Efficiency
People and Flow
Complex Work Flow and invisible queues
Converting your traditional Kanban board to a TameFlow Flow Efficiency Kanban board

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An interview with Nigel Thurlow
John Coleman agility chef
July 07, 2020
Nigel Thurlow - CEO Flow Consortium | Co-Creator The Flow System | Author | Keynote Speaker | Scrum & Agile Trainer (PST) | Lean Expert

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An interview with Dave Snowden
John Coleman agility chef
June 16, 2020
In this interview, John will ask about the science behind Cynefin, why Dave is critical of systems thinking, spiral dynamics, and Myers-Briggs. SAFe might come up in conversation. But mostly John is curious about the suggested changes to Cynefin, how official they are, and how Cynefin can be useful in practice. And John is curious if emergent/exaptive practice needs to be on a rhythm (like sprints).

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An interview with Srikanth Ramanujam
John Coleman agility chef
June 15, 2020
Srikanth Ramanujam is such an active contributor on the agility chefs live stream, John thought why not bring Srikanth on the show as it seems obvious Srikanth has a lot to say. Not only that, John likes the clarity of thinking Srikanth demonstrates.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Management, Agile

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) the Tameflow way, with Steve Tendon
John Coleman agility chef
May 29, 2020
An interview with Steve Tendon of Tameflow (Kanban + Theory of Constraints + Throughput Accounting) as per https://tameflow.com/​

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A chat with Steve Tendon on Tameflow (Kanban + ToC + Throughput Accounting)
John Coleman agility chef
May 22, 2020
An interview with Steve Tendon on Tameflow (Kanban + Theory of Constraints + Throughput Accounting) as per https://tameflow.com/​

Steve recently published "Tame your Work Flow: How Dr. Goldratt of “The Goal” would apply the Theory of Constraints to rethink knowledge-work management (TameFlow)". It has lots of testimonials.

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Tags: Innovation, Procurement, Agile

Cynefin for executives
John Coleman agility chef
May 14, 2020
Surely our organizations have been managing just fine with complexity without agility? Could Cynefin's findings on complexity be the reason we need agility and the reason we should not hang about?

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agility - this episode is for people who shouldn't have started here but did.
John Coleman agility chef
May 13, 2020
Ok, so you're an executive/change-agent in a function and there is a strongly communicated need for the organization to be more adaptive to market needs. But agility is being rolled out function by function. Most people understand that agility is about scaling trust and designing the organization towards the customer. It's not about agile project management for a siloed organization. If you ask for directions in Ireland, you might be told "well, I wouldn't start here":). And in England, you might be told: "well we are where we are". This episode is for people who shouldn't have started here but did.

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Tags: Marketing, Agile, Project Management

What is "LeSS Friendly Scrum"? Why does it matter?
John Coleman agility chef
May 07, 2020
In order to avoid the unraveling of John Coleman's work in organizations where John has influence, it's important that coaches and training organizations don't assume Scrum is a commodity. It also avoids common pitfalls with Scrum adoption. For training organizations and coaches, what does John Coleman mean by training and coaching needs to be "LeSS Friendly"? There is a longer more wholesome explanation on John Coleman's YouTube Channel, Periscope Channel, and Facebook page (agility chefs, orderly disruption). This is an attempt at a shorter explanation.

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An interview with John Seddon (creator of the Vanguard Method)
John Coleman agility chef
May 02, 2020
John Coleman here -- I’ve been following John Seddon, he’s a "marmite character"… I’m in the ‘like’ camp…

John Seddon wrote many books including the latest book Beyond Command & Control available on Amazon in physical or audible formats. I suggest audible even though I read the physical book, as John Seddon himself narrates the book. In the book, John Seddon is quite harsh about Agile, and Scrum in particular.

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Outcomes over Output by Joshua Seiden, co-author of Lean UX
John Coleman agility chef
April 29, 2020
Combined event London Lean Product Delivery and London Lean UX

7 pm Warm-up act - the executive's role in discovery by John Coleman
7:30 pm Main act - Sense and Respond - Products and Services in the Age of Complexity, by Joshua Seiden

Sense & Respond
A talk that draws on themes from Joshua's book, Sense & Respond. Your organization is—like it or not—in the software business. This talk shares five key principles you’ll need to embrace to thrive in this new world. Older version of this talk recorded at TDC, Trondheim, Norway, 2018 - see https://vimeo.com/296634086​

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Explicit Risk Management - when you see a fork in the road, take it!
John Coleman agility chef
April 24, 2020
Explicit Risk Management - when you see a fork in the road, take it!

Agile/Lean/Kanban and the likes have yet to embrace Explicit Risk Management. Why? Probably because it requires a plan in order to track variations form the plan.

When your precepts 1) Agile - No upfront planning 2) Lean - Planning is waste and 3) Kanban - We are all for it but have no solutions.

Tameflow has the solution. Since 2011, when traditional Kanban let go of the Theory of Constraints from Dr Goldratt, TameFlow took the fork in the road and embraced TOC, Throughput Accounting, Pattern Theory, IFM (Incremental Funding method) and much more.

Today, #tameflow​ is the only modern management science of the 20s that has an answer to Explicit Risk Management in the Agile/Lean/Kanban sphere

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Talking about Kanban for Complexity aka Kanplexity
John Coleman agility chef
April 17, 2020
Looks remarkably like Scrum but it isn't, not a Scrum Master or Product Owner to be seen... and avoids the five dysfunctions of a team (Lencioni) but it has no values or principles, it must be totally corrupt :)

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Looking at Monte Carlo Probabilistic forecasting
John Coleman agility chef
April 16, 2020
When will it be done?

It's the question we get asked the most. Let's see if there is another way.

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Tags: Management

Kanban trainers test advanced featureban online
John Coleman agility chef
April 10, 2020
Kanban trainers test advanced featureban online

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Let's talk about kanbanguides.org
John Coleman agility chef
April 09, 2020
kanbanguides.org is the home for Kanban - the Flow Strategy & Kanban for Complexity (aka Kanplexity)

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John Coleman & friends play with a Lean UX canvas discussing problems in society.
John Coleman agility chef
April 02, 2020
John Coleman & friends play with a Lean UX canvas discussing problems in society.

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2 Article/Blogs
Robert Annis and John Coleman discuss the agile manifesto & organizational agility
Thinkers360
May 06, 2021

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Tags: Agile, Digital Disruption, Leadership

5 tips for Executive Leadership for the 2020s
Thinkers360
January 18, 2020
Executives for the 2020s sensitively disregard some principles that guided managers through the 1920s. And they have better questions to ask, questions that leave the growth of agility unhindered. As Marshall Goldsmith says, "what got you here won't get you there." Everyone heard the stories of firms that got disrupted out of business. Copy-and-paste-agility is a freight train to extinction. Maybe you hope your organization won't become one of those stories. As W. Edwards Deming said, "survival" is optional. Consider these five tips for the 2020s: 1). Be customer-centric and find out what's going on. Naked transparency is ugly. If there are no problems, you're not looking hard enough. 2). Don't impose. If you do install agility, without continuous improvement, it's not agility anyhow. 3). Make sure the plumbing is squeaky clean -- avoid or cancel "fat burgers." Treat every valuable work item as a bet -- some bets win, most bets lose. Make small bets, parallel bets. You also need experimentation to validate assumptions before clogging the pipes with more ideas. Whatever is in the pipes, let it flow well by being focused on finishing work before starting more work. Fix impediments and spend most of your time fixing organizational problems. If you don't, you can expect to lose your best people. 4). Be careful about measurement. Figure out a way to measure the number of inspired people, perhaps through the number of inspirational stories? I haven't figured out how to do that yet. 5). Invite people, understand their work, let them become informed about the options for agility, let them decide how they want to work, and support continuous improvement. Tolerate and expect different pockets of the organization to use different types of Agile/Lean. It's ok and expected to be ruthless about value. Be compassionate - happy employees & suppliers help to make satisfied customers. Best of luck with your journey! If you'd like some help, reach out to the beautiful community of Professional Agile Leadership trainers & coaches at Scrum.org. Check out the full series at https://medium.com/series/how-leaders-show-up-8042c57cbd6. John Coleman https://ace.works/johnc https://ace.works/timeline https://ace.works/blog https://bit.ly/JohnColemanBlog https://www.valueglide.com/blog

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Tags: Agile, Culture, Leadership

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John co-authored, with 30 thought leaders in executive leadership and agility, a strategy for executives in this volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, and threatened world. It's a journey of workshops, thinking, and practical application.

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