2011 agile morning session with Dan Mezick

Sixteen practices: steps to agility

One really important point for me – “game your meetings” – announce your intention

Do you know why you are here?

Be purposeful.

A good game has:
1) opt-in participation
2) clear goal
3) clear rules
4) clear way to track progress

Your purpose as a manager is to grow your people.

If you can’t decide to attend, “have” to go to a meeting, you are not going to be happy.

Facilitated meetings:
– punctuality
– a clear purpose
– an agenda
– meaningful interactions

Convenor authorizes facilitator.

Establish what is normal – because we co-create “normal” implicitly and unconsciously.

High level of engagement is associated with great things. (I am feeling guilty cuz I was late to session and am taking notes! 🙂 )

Commitment, focus, and respect values are all expressed with punctuality – boundary setting.

Model the behavior you are seeking to propagate.

Great FAQ exercise. What Ifs…

– reduce meetings to 45 minutes
– define “late”
– define invite protocols (rules for accept, decline, tentative)
– opt in

Structure your interactions with protocols

A lot of negotiation is waste – interactions that are not structured are negotiations.

Site: live in greatness: Gives core protocols.

Subject-verb-object-present tense – research this

Ugh levels of disclosure is associatedbwithbgreatness in teams. When you announce your intention others can help you.

Jim McCarty

Second question in Scrum is you announcing your intent: what am I doing today (next)

A vision is an epic statement of intent.

When drivers signal, you can help them.

Gaming your meetings:
– end meetings on time
If someone with higher authorization extends the meeting, frustrating. Makes you mad because not opt-in. Nothing great associated w that.

Jane McGonigal – book and TED talk

Is it true? Tolerance for mistakes in low-performing companies is low. (Apple?)

Managing visually is powerful: visual, shared, builds perception because pay attn

Cannot have a team without sharing.

Put a list on the wall and literally check things out as you gobthru meeting

Books: game storming and visual meetings

Kanban For meetings

Frequent inspection associates with greatness

Use iteration to manage complexity – inspect at end of each slice.

Manage boundaries – otherwise lose time and efficiency to negotiation

Tribal leadership, etc. – recommending to team sends message about what you value.

U of Illinois viscog – google that

Open the space – go beyond “let’s not go there” – open to dialogue and inquiry
Result is blocking resisting and constraining. Let people say in a group forum – people have to get heard.

Open space meeting – tribal meeting – world cafe

Fifth discipline sense

Personality poker Steve Shapiro

Authorization – ask people to opt in – do ot overstep – give people the opportunity to decide

Giving people chance to express motivation Fears helps open up space get to more open.

Meetings of three or more are better triads. (tribal leadership, Dave Summer)

To socialize, form a triad, that is how you move the needle.


2 Responses to “2011 agile morning session with Dan Mezick”

  1. #agile2011 Keynote with Linda Rising « Says:

    […] age and how she’d gotten a PhD late in life, defending her dissertation at age 50.  Then she stated her intention was to help us, the audience, not make the same mistakes she had made.  Importantly, she made a […]

  2. #agile2011 On Further Reflection and in Light of the #Verizonstrike « Says:

    […] whether or not Nedup would use a “sales-priced” floor exercise bar, I thought about Dan Mezick’s talk about “12 steps to Agility,” and talking about getting people to “opt in,” to feel […]

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