When people talk about agility, some rave about customer orientation and speed, while others invoke the self-organization and autonomy of the team. Mostly these and some other concepts float more or less incoherently in a mystical cloud around the central concept of agility. An attempt to put these ideas into a logical context.
For your agile transformation you have to think big to break up silos, but at the same time start small to learn together without imposing a predefined solution. Crucial to this is the promotion of an open learning culture beyond information hiding and cover your ass.
What we can learn from the sugar consumption of Gandhi, from Netflix’s surprising resemblance to a nuclear submarine, and from the frightening team dynamics of super chickens about new leadership. On the occasion of the X‑Conference 2020 I tell my three favorite stories about role models, responsibility and trust — also as video for listening, thinking and imitating.
Lonely Christmas? How does the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder actually talk to us? I’m sick of being admonished like a child, threatened and occasionally praised. With this ongoing infantilization of mature citizens, the government is undermining the self-organization and personal responsibility that we urgently need for a sustainable containment of the pandemic.
Fast communication with e‑mail should support the actual work. And being able to book a meeting quickly should also be a relief. In fact, however, e‑mails and meetings unintentionally became the core work content of many knowledge workers because their simplicity replaced and corroded structured workflows.
In retrospect, I consider it one of my biggest mistakes to have always categorically rejected metrics for the agile transformation. Although I still see the danger of an explosion of cargo cult if phenomena of agility are measured and rewarded instead of the essence, I would consciously take the risk today. For sooner or later, in every transformation, there comes a time when the question is raised very insistently as to what all this is meant to achieve and what it brings. And then you have to beat the system with its own weapons.