Facilitating Agile Organizational Design With Full Stack Poker

The traditional approach to organizational design is a barrier if you want to grow an organization where smart people make amazing decisions that delight customers and enrich their careers.

This session aims to provides leaders at all levels of the organization with an introduction to a set of design tools that can help them create organizational structures that promote agility rather than interfere with it.

Using a game I call Full Stack Poker, I’ll facilitate a highly interactive dialogue where attendees will play the role of various organizational stake holders tasked with getting the right skills into teams responsible for delivering value.

Loosely based on the planning poker game, attendees will collaboratively select from a number of Team Engagement Patterns, collectively agreeing on an engagement model that lays out how teams can engage with support functions and other teams. Participants will also be able to estimate the amount of organizational complexity their teams will incur based on the Team Engagement Patterns chosen.

The session is aimed at teaching attendees basic concepts behind defining agile organizational structure through a highly engaging / hands on session.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • The Challenge with Traditional Org Design
  • Myths behind Agile Teams
  • Agile Structure: The Edge, The Core, Context Boundaries, and Missions
  • Agile Team Engagement Patterns
  • Playing Full Stack Poker
  • Wrap Up / Key Learning

Learning Outcome

The session is aimed at teaching attendees basic concepts behind defining agile organizational structure and team engagement models through a highly engaging / hands on session.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in collaborating on a more effective engagement model across agile teams and support functions

Prerequisites for Attendees

  • Agile team fundamentals
  • Some background / experience working in an agile team
  • Some experience trying to coordinate work across teams and support functions and teams
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