The Cloud & The Pyramid: Variable & Virtual Organizational Models for the VUCA World

For all the handwringing before board meetings, answers have emerged that could bring peace of mind and real hope for those beleaguered by the task of achieving dramatic transformation in business results, not just nudges to lines and boxes in an organizational chart, or tiny bumps in profitability. Much to the consternation of proponents of self-organization and Agile transformation consultants around the world, the Fortune 500 C-Level executives and private equity corporate heads do not always have the option of completely flattening their organization by fiat or even slowly building consensus.So, are they dinosaurs destined for extinction? That is a question I've never heard uttered out loud in the boardroom. However, it is a question that plays on loop-track in the minds of senior management and executive leaders into the…
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Leveled Engagement: A New Mob Programming Pattern

Mob Programming can be an excellent way for teams to create high quality code and also facilitate for collaboration of teams. Mob Programming is done with the driver-navigator model. The Navigator dictates for the Driver what to type and the Driver executes the actions specified by the Navigator. In short, it’s much like going on a road trip with friend where you work together to arrive at the destination. However, keep in mind when mobbing the role rotates based on a timer. The key difference between mobbing and pairing is that it is more than 2 people. Although this may seem like a minor distinction it is not. The addition of an individual shifts the social dynamic of the interaction between team members. Group dynamics makes it easier to bring…
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