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Freelance IT Professional, Lean Agile Coach. Wrote UK's first guide to getting online. Non Exec Director. From Dunblane, Perthshire. www.craigcockburn.com

Answer? None of the above when mandated.

This is a framing of a question around how an organisation approaches the new ways of working as we come out of lockdown and we can see the benefits of normal working from home, not working from home in a pandemic trying to home school as well. Also, for clarity “face to face” means you can see someone’s face in a meeting and they can see yours, this can be virtual as well as in the same physical space.

We’re at a point in history compared to the rise of e-commerce in the…


My (and others) agile journeys in a book

Here it is, just published — a journey from the 1980s to the present and beyond. Where do we go next?

Cover

It’s out! Huge thanks to Karl Smith for taking the time to facilitate and deliver at amazing speed. Less than 2 weeks from emailing the last version in, I have a book in my hand and have the opportunity to be able to say, I have been published! 😃

I am honoured to share this space and a huge congratulations to the fellow authors:

Matt Turner, Myles Hopkins, Mika Siitari, Grace…


I’m now using a cut down version of this as my mobile answering machine message.

Hello

Thank you for calling my public number. I no longer answer calls on this number. This number is because many websites, including job boards, have a mandatory phone number field and don’t let you past unless you put in a phone number. You’ve got that number! For 20+ years my phone number has been on job boards and has through time thus got into the hands of spammers and scammers. No worries though, there are alternatives!

The world (apart from recruiters — yes you!)…


Please take the time to read this: https://robinow.medium.com/building-a-remote-culture-of-safety-ea200f2371fc. It could really help your team, not just in lockdown but whatever form your distributed team has even when lockdown is over. Distributed working is here to stay.

It was great to be part of this initiative, huge thanks to Phyroze Mohamed for being the driving force behind it and to Robin Wong for writing it up.

All the best for the future, it was fantastic being part of the team and pushing the boundaries in a productive way!

Craig


Some talks I’ve done recently as part of the www.agile20reflect.org festival

Visualise the story for teaching and learning in a distributed world February 15 @ 7:00 pm GMT

Visualise and iterate your roadmaps using a strategy map February 8 @ 7:00 pm — 8:00 pm GMT

Red Teaming Agile20Reflect and the positive power of contrarian thinking February 16 @ 7:00 pm GMT

With Richard Cornelius, Yusuf Dean and Karl Smith

Agile20Reflect

Forthcoming speaking engagements — all online

16th July
Visualising a talk, a mind map alternative
Agile Praxis, Heidelberg
https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Praxis-Meetup/events/271350811
(UK evening)

17th August:
Coaching Agile Journeys: Agile Strategy:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/caj-051-craig-cockburn-visualizing-the-why-strategy-and-roadmaps-in-context-registration-106788774098
(UK evening)

27th August:
Memphis Agile: Agile Strategy:
https://www.meetup.com/memphis-technology-user-groups/events/271235500/
(UK evening)

10 September:
Lean Agile Exchange (10/11 September)
Lean Agile Exchange brings together the communities from Lean Agile Scotland, Agile Cambridge, Agile in the City and Agile Manchester for a new virtual conference
https://www.leanagileexchange.net/programme/visualising-why-strategy-and-roadmaps-context
(UK Afternoon)

22 October:
Visualising a talk, a mind map alternative
http://2020.agiletourlondon.co.uk/Session/visual-learning-for-people-who-cant-draw-put-your-talk-on-a-page/
(UK Afternoon)

Recently delivered public talks:
Red Teaming with CityCurrent, a conversation with the director of business agility of Vaco management consultants in Memphis :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HRhc3WqCo8


Waterloo, empty.

Those of you who have followed me for a while will know that I’ve been commentating on remote working for over 25 years, and I refer you to an article I wrote on remote working in 2017, including references to the benefits for people with reduced immunity and for disease control.

However, the covid19 situation changes all this. There are now a few important updates as a result which are likely to permanently change society. These have particular benefits for disabled people unless society goes back to the face to face model when the covid19 problem has subsided.

Three key points

  1. Social restrictions…

9am standups are probably a sign of organisational dysfunction.

Why?

Easy one: the scrum guide calls them “daily scrums” and in any case “standup” is not disability friendly. If you’re not standing, don’t misuse the term or offend people in wheelchairs. I’ll call them “daily meetings” here, you can stand if you want when reading this.

The real argument:

There are many reasons why 9am is a bad time for a meeting, but often it is driven by having remote teams in Asia doing the development and the morning is peak coordination time so there is massive diary congestion in…


If you follow my writing on agile strategy and how to visualise this, the video of my talk at Agile Tour London 2019 is now available to view below

On a recent Gartner call on strategy, two comments from the audience below felt “I was giving better answers” than the panel and also I was “the only one providing useful information”.

I hope it helps you.


A short list of the main reasons for agile adoption failure, with references

From:
Surveys, Consulting groups, individual coaches, newspaper articles

Surveys

Version One 13th State of Agile report (2018)

  1. Organizational culture at odds with agile values
  2. General organizational resistance to change
  3. Inadequate management support and sponsorship

Business Agility Institute

Business Agility Report, (2019 edition: 453 respondents from 274 companies)

  1. Respondents indicated that, by a large margin, leadership style is the biggest challenge to business agility adoption faced by most organizations. Related to leadership, qualitative analysis revealed the challenges of lack of buy-in and insufficient support for the Agile implementation.
  2. Change…

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