Mirror mirror on the wall (2 of 4)
  • John Coleman

Mirror mirror on the wall (2 of 4)

Updated: Nov 6, 2018

You may have seen my previous post at https://www.ace.works/blog/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall-1-of-4

directions of travel

Many organizations just have appetite for going "broad & shallow" in the hope that they can deliver faster.

However, some organizations want to deliver better value faster, fixing medium to long term problems with say Scrum or Kanban, or Nexus, but sticking to a functional organization structure fundamentally. In this world, we are still having individual performance reviews and we are attaining more traction in the evolution to product based funding from project based funding. We're past delivery plumbing problems and we have flow now. But, we're being more empirical about the real value that we're delivering, whether that's information value or customer value. Kanban can operate for most directions for travel as per the Kanban Maturity Model. It takes a lot of discipline to stop starting and start finishing to get the benefits. We have have been experimenting already, but the feedback loops need tightening, perhaps with Professional Scrum with Kanban, higher maturity Lean Kanban, and/or the use of cross-component multi-learning teams. In this world we're heading for deep agility. We're just not quite there. Functions still rule. I have case studies for this scenario; essentially, after coaches leave the building or change energy dissipates, magnetism back towards the functional structure is normal.

delivering better value faster without yet giving up the functional delivery organization

In the next post, see how we can "flip" to avoid the self-fulfilling prophecy of magnetic pull back to the functional organization.

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