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Michael Herman

Inviting Agility in Challenging Environments

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Podcast: When Agile Meets Open Space

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:02:45 +0000

Thanks to Pilar Orti, in London, for capturing in a recent podcast some of the fun we had in the Distributed Agile Teamwork sessions, in the Audacious Salon track, at the Agile2016 Conference, and previously in the Virtual Open Space on Open Space (VOSONOS) I convened last year. When Mark Kilby, Agile Coach and Agile …

More Modern Agile Connections

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:59:13 +0000

Thanks to Deb Preuss and Steve Holyer to the first Agile Cocktails virtual (and international) lean coffee meetup today, where a small group of us just had a great conversation with Josh Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and one of the leading voices in the Modern Agile refactoring of the Agile Manifesto.  I’ve already made a bunch of connections between …

Inviting Agility

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:57:37 +0000

Still churning through all the ideas and connections that popped up at the Agile2016 conference in July.  Collaborated with Mark Kilby on the design and facilitation of a two-part session on distributed Agile teamwork, in the Audacious Salon track.  Flew drones in the hotel with Tim Ottinger and friends.  Josh Kerievsky’s keynote presentation of Modern Agile …

Best Wishes and Big Pictures for the New Year

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 23:02:48 +0000

The simple negotiation tactic brought 195 countries to consensus The Jensen Group’s Future of Work report outlined what it will take to make disruptive change work for people and organizations The Learning Consortium Report about the implications of innovative management practices  such as the goals, practices, and values of Scrum Chuck Blakeman’s TED Talk on the …

Open Space for Rapid Agile Adoption

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 16:15:53 +0000

what happens when agile adoption runs on invitation and self-organization, more like open space? here is an interesting case story... walmart has 4000 core IT employees and another 6000 contractors -- and four agile coaches. they've gone from 10% agile to 80%+ agile in about 1.5 years. they don't mandate scrum, XP, kanban, SAFe, etc. they've done 30 open space meetings for 300+ people each in about 8 months. until just recently, they considered OS an important competitive advantage and did not speak about it publicly. when i talked with one of their coaches in an agile learning group, he shared that his SVP keeps asking him "what does the agile store look like?" (they have 11,000 stores). i sketched him a back-of-the-envelope, invitation-based, open space plan to touch all 11,000 stores in a year. he thinks it might take five. (probably we have slightly different done criteria.) either way, agile in open space looks fast and effective, in IT and beyond. and, of course, this same approach would work with any other enterprise-wide transformation.

Developing Agile Culture in an Agile Way

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:29:24 +0000

The brilliance of what they did, as an IT leader partnered with an HR leader, was to apply an agile approach to culture change. They created a culture change "backlog," a vision, broken down into goals and then tasks that mirrored the usual Scrum backlog in software development. They created a "culture owner" as the analog to Scrum's product owner. They formed teams, worked in sprints, and learned in retrospective reviews, and so on. And they seem to have achieved some enviable results, especially as measured by employee engagement surveys. That said, I think they missed one deep and important distinction and opportunity: they started from the view that the customers of an organization's culture is its employees.

OpenSpace Agility

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 02:37:09 +0000

Congratulations to Daniel Mezick and friends, who've done some great work to connect invitation, engagement, Open Space and Agile software development.  The OpenSpace Agility Handbook, v.2.0 has just hit the shelves at Amazon.  This is practical, powerful stuff – for every kind of change in any kind of organization.

Online Conference Report

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:07:29 +0000

The most remarkable thing about the four-day, online Open Space conference I ran with Lucas Cioffi at last week is how strongly it replicated what so many of us have experienced in face-to-face open space meetings and events.  See the complete proceedings document here. From my Summary...
The intention was to extend and expand the best of the Organization Transformation symposium (where OST started), Open Space on Open Space, and OSLIST and support the sharing of all manner of practices, innovations and learnings. The invitation was to bring forth what's been working – and learn together how to make more of it... The plan was simple: Invite the world. Do three Openings, with start times

Virtual Open Space on Opening (All Kinds of) Space

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:06:43 +0000

Please join us for an experiment I've been working to organize... Inviting Community, Sharing Learnings, Evolving Practice
Everywhere, July 8-11th or 9-12th (depending on where you are)
Conference Schedule | QiqoChat Platform and Registration | Questions We have learned so much about bringing people together. We have imagined, invited, and unleashed. We are agile and appreciative, artful and improvisational. Our media is social, our networks are linked, and upstart movements can have national and international effects. We mix the newest technologies and the oldest human patterns. We work on peace AND high performance, passion and purpose, sharing and storytelling. We focus on what's working, why it works, and how we can make more of it. So what? And now what?

Invisible but Undeniable Impact

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:55:48 +0000

Very fun to discover that an event I facilitated, the Open Space portion of the 2008 Scrum Alliance conference here in Chicago, had a big impact. I just recently met someone who was among 200+ participants. After that event, he and two colleagues went back to their organization and ran a 2-day Open Space to …