Leaders today are looking at “self organizing” agile teams to WIN ALL the battles on Auto-Pilot. Nice try is all I can say !!

...though some teams surely do succeed (lucky guys?).  But most teams are not so lucky, and get constrained by the organizational systems, processes, boundaries, and need an outside-in perspective or a divine eye to kick start their next improvement journey. Sometimes a leader takes on this divine role to guide them on this journey.

This talk aims to provide the leaders a toolbox for using Lean conversations, to spark their next team improvement journey, by designing improvement kata’s, while slowly inching the team forward towards nirvana !! Divine Bliss !! .... So if you are a leader looking at learning and implementing the simple techniques of guiding the team on a self improvement cycle, leading to true self organizing team, join us.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Self organizing teams or rather the 'lack' of the self organizing  [2 minutes]
  • Asking difficult questions, using Lean techniques, identifying wastes and constraints [3 minutes]
  • Harnessing value stream maps, as a key enabler to gather improvement options [3 minutes]
  • Running Improvement Katas, for the option selected [12 minutes]

The referenced blog (3 Simple steps to building your Continuous Delivery Dashboard) highlights the use of value stream maps to gather insight and have the difficult conversations with the team members and stakeholders, while visualizing the progress over time, and qua ntifying the results. The insights are then converted into improvement kata’s for adoption over the defined timeframe. Teams who learn to use this technique - identify system bottlenecks and define their improvement roadmaps in the longer run, will soon become truly self organizing.

 as a side note, I have put this up as an experience report, but could be structured as a Workshop also, for active participation and learning by the attendees and something they can take away and apply in their context.

Learning Outcome

  • What are the difficult conversations for a self organizing team and why we need to talk about them
  • Introduce Lean thinking, to trigger these conversations and identify wastes in your software development lifecycle
  • Gain insights for impediments, by using value stream maps and develop possible improvement options
  • Introduce Improvement Kata’s, to run short experiments 

In the end, you will have a toolbox for how servant leaders can help self organizing teams, with simple Lean conversations, to become truly self -organized !

Target Audience

Servant Leaders looking for improvement opportunities, (not yet self organized) agile team members



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