SWARMing

 SWARMing

Dan North has spent the last few years showing all kinds of organisations how they can deliver faster, achieve better results with less effort, and have fun doing it. Katherine Kirk has been in similar organisations, messing with how techs, executives and senior managers strategise, teaching them to embrace ambiguity and stop being their own worst enemy.

Between them they have a wealth of experience and stories of alignment at scale, and not a formal scaling methodology in sight. This is not a coincidence. They have realised, and Katherine will demonstrate, why structured scaling methods simply can’t work for very long. Context is king: It constantly changes and we must continuously adapt to it.

Come and learn how to sort the wheat from the chaff, the effective from the dogmatic, of scaling delivery, and find out why Dan is Scaling Without A Religious Methodology and Katherine is teaching Eastern philosophy to techs and execs… but not religiously.

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Daniel Terhorst-North

April 25, 2018
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  1. Scaling Without a Religious Methodology Katherine Kirk @kkirk Dan North

    @tastapod
  2. Please help us… IT is so slow to deliver! IT

    is expensive, poor value Too many “surprises” PMO tells us too late! We know we are slow… but we are working so hard! Business doesn’t trust us PMO micromanages us Infrastructure is a bottleneck Our landscape is so complicated! IT always blow their estimates and can’t stick to a plan How can we govern and report? We don’t even know if their work is aligned with the org! We want to help but dev teams won’t tell us what they need Our procurement cycle is annual so we have to know in advance Business stakeholders Development PMO and Change groups Infrastructure
  3. What are we doing so wrong? “You are aiming at

    the wrong target” $ Cost Accounting vs Throughput Accounting cost and profit centres whole org creates value busyness and effort lead time and throughput local “performance” targets identify and resolve bottlenecks
  4. Oh right, we get it! Lean/Agile™ will save us! Lean/Agile™

    will save us! Lean/Agile™ will save us! Lean/Agile™ will save us! Business stakeholders Development PMO and Change groups Infrastructure
  5. © The New York Times

  6. Please help us… Lean/Agile™ didn’t save us! Or whatever it

    was those
 IT folks were doing Lean/Agile™ didn’t save us! It’s the same old command-and-control, just with different labels Lean/Agile™ didn’t save us! People were even more reluctant to give estimates. They even have a #hashtag Lean/Agile™ didn’t save us! Now they are even less likely to know what they want Business stakeholders Development PMO and Change groups Infrastructure
  7. Please help us… That thing we tried was working ok,

    and then it stopped working! That thing we tried was working ok, and then it stopped working! That thing we tried was working ok, and then it stopped working! That thing we tried was working ok, and then it stopped working! Business stakeholders Development PMO and Change groups Infrastructure
  8. How do we always end up here? That thing we

    tried was working ok, and then it stopped working!
  9. Some things are inevitable

  10. Some things are inevitable Degradation Dysfunction Expiry
 stimulates maintaining, transforming

    stimulates innovating, challenging stimulates creating, starting over Applies to people, products, process, strategy, organisations
  11. Why does this happen? Change Interdependency Imperfection
 drives the need

    to adapt drives the need to collaborate drives the need to iterate These are the drivers of Lean and Agile methods
  12. Packaged methods don’t last!

  13. Packaged methods can’t last!

  14. Scaling Without a Religious Methodology

  15. First a word about religion religion (n): the structures, constraints

    and rituals we humans accrete around a kernel of faith because we fear uncertainty so we invent answers. — Dan North
  16. Table stakes* *necessary but not sufficient Time Investment Communications Influence

    Education Practise External help Leadership - Consistent - Invested - Resilient
  17. Based on simple principles People are basically good “Everyone is

    trying to help” Sustainable flow of value is the goal We need to learn new metrics and techniques Theory of Constraints: one constraint at a time “The Goal” as a book club
  18. This is literally* all of it Visualise -> Stabilise ->

    Optimise Start small, get data Learn from mistakes, iterate *not literally
  19. Summing up Don’t be fooled! You can’t defeat the universe

    Mastery is understanding how to work with the grain.
 This means adapting, iterating and combining techniques for your context and the changes around you. This all takes education, time, practise, and other things There is no magic formula but there is hope
  20. Thanks for listening Katherine Kirk @kkirk Dan North @tastapod