AgileByExample 2017

Jerzy Stawicki

Jerzy is project & portfolio management and management consultant and trainer, with experience in building project-based organizations and in supporting agile transformations. Jerzy’s passion is reinventing and improving organizations and teams with focus on getting business results with self-organising teams and strategic role of managers. Jerzy is promoter of new management methods, of team empowerment and self-organization. Speaker at international PM and Agile conferences, assessor of IPMA Project Excellence Award (since 2005) and of the Project of the Year Award PMI Poland Chapter, columnist and philosopher. After hours: reader, hiker and traveler, fascinated with East and Chinese culture and philosophy.

Workshop—Team flow: simulation with experiments

Flow thinking and flow mindset are the prerequisites for achieving business agility. How then, the leaders, managers and team members can -in an effective, practical and inspiring way – experience the flow thinking and flow mindset and also relate them to their own context: to their companies, to their teams? The workshop answers this question with help of an Okaloa Flowlab (http://www.okaloa.com/flowlab ) - a laboratory that allows Kanban-style simulations of existing work environments in order to experience the impact of decisions and policies on the team and an organization. It is a new way to learn flow thinking through simulation that shows how flow comes into existence, and how agility and collaboration emerge out of that. The workshop focuses on the foundations of flow on the team level, preparing participants to practice in future also cross-team flow, up-stream and end-to-end flow. Workshop participants working in 4-persons teams, will experience in 2 rounds of simulation on the Kanban-like boards, how an agile mindset in reality emerges: how to realistically evolve from non-flow to flow state and what can be done in practice to improve flow. In the 1st round of simulation the participants will explore the conventional work environment, that reflects a mechanistic mindset characterized by a focus on resource efficiency, command and control and specialist workers. They experience and identify the roadblocks which should be overcome to enable flow. In the 2nd round of simulation participants set up their own experiment(s) to allow flow to emerge. They will experiment with policies and practices which enable collaboration, get the team into flow, and allow an agile mindset to emerge. In that 2nd round of simulation the following questions will be addressed: what is the impact of introducing pull rather than push of work on the throughput, what is the impact of WIP constraints on collaboration, what kind of the measures can be applied to evaluate improvement, what else can be done to improve flow. At the end of the workshop, we will reflect on what participants have experienced and how this relates to their own situation, resulting in takeaways and concrete actions to start working on improving flow in their team(s), which is only a starting point to mobilize the entire organization for change. We will also discuss next steps needed to achieve agility at enterprise level. The workshop agenda: 1. Introduction to flow simulation 2. Round 1: simulation of traditional environment (10 days) 3. Round 2: simulation - progressively elaborating improvements to enable flow and collaboration (10 or 15 days) 4. Retrospective and takeaways; the next steps in the area of business agility Workshop target audience: Agile and Kanban practitioners with not much practical experience willing to get a deeper understanding of flow thinking and to learn a new way of teaching and coaching flow thinking. Number of workshop participants: 3-4 teams of 4 persons each; together between 12 - 16 persons.