- Agile in the flesh: taking context seriously
Do experienced coaches adopt/adapt practices by taking context into account? Of course they do! Do a chosen set of principles produce a valuable, enduring outcome in every kind of context? Of course they don’t! Failure to sufficiently take context into account is the number one factor that limits success when adopting methods. The tendency to ignore context in our effort to simplify reality is problematic. Why then is there so little explicit guidance on the context of applicability of principles and practices except for a call for the right culture or mindset? Context is so much more than that.
In the first talk of this meetup, Patrick will talk about a powerful notation that makes context explicit. Step, by step, we will build up a context-based guidance for implementing practices and developing capabilities that goes beyond what individual methods can offer. It overcomes the divide between left-brain, methodical, thinking that does not take context into account, and right brain thinking that recognizes the importance of contextual elements such as mindset and culture, but has a hard time verbalizing those contextual elements (a mindset put into words seizes to be a mindset).
In the second part of the meetup, Arno will demonstrate examples of how qualitative feedback loops allow you to take (local) context into account when deploying a global change. By providing a multi-perspective view on impact of the change. It enables a variable and proportional change approach.
To finish, participants are invited to discuss what it takes for agility to be really “embodied” in the flesh. What does it feel for an organization to have agility in its “guts”? Is it conceivable for an organization to overcome the gap between (left-brain) abstract thinking and (right-brain) situated action?
Patrick Steyaert is founder of Okaloa. He teaches and coaches the use of powerful agile thinking models embodied in Okaloa Flowlab simulations. He is author of the “Essential upstream Kanban guide”, the guide for organizations to look at the end-to-end flow from suspected to satisfied need. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and recipient of the 2015 Brickell Key award for outstanding contribution to the Kanban community.
Arno Korpershoek is a licensed Okaloa Flowlab facilitator and creator of agile sensing. With Sensing he guides organizations making unpredictable and uncertain (complex) change processes transparent. From every fiber of the organization, insightful feedback allows the organization to build a continuous learning environment through understanding and alignment.
- Simply DO, because someday never comes.
Simply DO is the theme for this meetup because "Someday, never comes". Nowadays we must change adapt to new circumstances (COVID-19), clients demands and innovation. In our private and working life we must be agile and adapt continuously. Any change starts with you. And the speed of Change in organisations is defined by people. How can you be effective in Change and what would you like to change? Join us, and find out.
Agenda of the meetup:
- Effective Change in organisations
- Effective Change in your life
Marcia Chong is entrepreneur, executive coach and change manager. She loves change and people and made that her business. As communications expert with a lot of life experience, she coaches people on business and personal changes, for more success, effectiveness, happiness, time, love and personal power.
Last year (January 2019 - January 2020) she worked for DeltafiberNederland BV, and participated in the cultural and system integration of Delta (Zeeuwen) and Caiway (Rotterdammers). An interesting Agile migration of processes, IT systems and people. As innovator she was the first Internet Manager of SNS bank and in 2018 at University of Utrecht. She worked 20 years as interim consultant in digital change for Atos Origin, Be Value and Ordina for Philips.com, Philips Lighting, Unilever, Achmea, Centraal Beheer, and KPN.
- Covid - 19 (what else?)
As the Covid challenges are still in progress and we’re learning more every day, this series is intended to be very dynamic in its forum. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the dialogue and share their own ideas and observations.
Introduction to Co-Vie - 5min
Saved by the Techs - 10 min
Winners & Losers - 10 min
Benefits and Gains - 10 min
The Hidden Gems – 5 min
The Afterlife – 5 min
Open discussion – 15 min
In this web series, we study how Covid-19 have pertinently transformed traditional business practices and operations as we know it. As terrible as it is, the epidemic is also forcing the injection of many positive attribute to our way of life. This, in turn, will have an everlasting impact on how organizations move forward into a post-epidemic world.
Zeo Solomon is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Avenue Code, a global technology management consulting and Agile software development firm. Zeo has been a technology leader for more than 20 years helping with the development and launch of some of the world’s largest technology initiatives to date. He has been working as a technology management consultant and an Executive coach for ten years helping technology organizations transition smoothly into Agile software development methodologies suited to their needs. Some of his notable Digital transformations are Macy’s Inc., Bloomingdale’s, Gap, Walmart, American Eagle and many more.