The Democratisation of Value Delivery in the age of Agile.

Traditional Project Management Methodology and Project Delivery was inherently hierarchical. A polite command and control approach that often sidelined the most creative and critical thinkers by enforcing rigid methodology. If not managed with superior levels of diplomacy and tact, often projects would wander sidewards as it alienated what it needed most, fully engaged team members invested in the project's delivery. The very nature of hierarchy is that it can impose an artificial power structure where the Project Manager was seen to be "command" and team members "controlled".

Agile, with specific observations of Lean at Toyota, has taken a fundamentally different approach. It has allowed the "levelling of the playing field" where every team member is critical as they form and function an autonomous, self-motivating and directed SCRUM Team (where using SCRUM). Everyone on the project works together to complete the set of work they have collectively committed to complete within a sprint.

This paradigm shift has seen value delivery decentralised from the Project Manager to Teams. In doing so, we appeal to the individuals need for responsibility, self-direction, creativity and engagement. This, in turn, invests people with purpose within delivery.

The next phase of Team is Tribe. Agile + Tribe = Sucess. This is critical and will be covered in the presentation.

In summary, when Agile is implemented, a robust change program must be observed to ensure the evolution to Tribe, a move away from hierarchical structures (I.e from Manager to Coach) and the promotion of value delivery being the purpose of all.

[Tribual Unity - Em Campbell-Pretty, is a significant text in this area and will be referred to in the presentation]

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Outline/structure of the Session

Presentation - Slide Deck

Review of "traditional" project management methods and team structures

Review of Agile methods and team structures such as Tribes, Chapters, Squads and Guilds

Compare and contrast structures and demonstrate where "traditional" project management methods created unnecessary hierarchy and therefore disengage individuals

Outline key components of Tribes, Chapters, Squads and Guilds

Outline personal observations when "Agile goes wrong" due to inadequate change management around cultural aspects of the delivery shift

Outline a suggested change program to integrate management culture shift when implementing Agile

Close outlining why Agile Delivery flourishes when Tribes ensure that everyone is invested in value delivery

Learning Outcome

Why implementing Agile is more than "just another methodology". It is the opportunity to shift from Teams to Tribes

Demonstrate that through Tribes value delivery is ensured as everyone has an emotional investment and a sense of purpose with the removal of unnecessary hierarchy.

Target Audience

Individuals that lead Agile Teams, establishing Agile "Centres of Excellence" and Change Managers


Obtain a copy of Tribual Unity - Em Campbell-Pretty. Copies will be available on day.

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