January 2013 Blog Posts

Is your organization's culture compatible with Lean and Agile?

What is the culture of your organization ? What is the culture of Agile and Lean ?   How much you think they are compatible ?   We can describe organization's culture as collective behavior of the people in the organization and the meanings that the people attach to events and their actions. Let's...

Is your organization's culture compatible with Lean and Agile? 2/3

- The Social structure produced by the organization hierarchies, the  formal network of collaborations between departments and co-workers and the informal network of personal relationships. Also the formal and informal collective meetings and gatherings in the organization with their rites, rituals and ceremonies. The degree of inequality and the balance between Individualism and collectivism in the social structure of the organization. - The Power Structures produced by the roles and career path defined by the organization, the symbols, the way  responsibilities are assigned and accepted, the way authority is assigned by...

Is your organization's culture compatible with Lean and Agile? 3/3

Now we looks at one aspect of organization's culture, at "how things get done here". And we looks at this investigating 2 dimensions that give us 4 quadrants. Here there are 4 quadrants defined by the 2 axes "Reality oriented Vs Possibility oriented" and "People oriented Vs Company oriented". Where you think the company of your culture is positioned? And the Agile and Lean cultures? Now if you like, find your answer to the initial questions.

Ideas from the book Small Groups as Complex Systems (SGACS)

       This book looks at available literature on the topic from different schools of thought and a vast array of previous researches (before 2000) on small groups, define a new approach to the study of small groups that include new fields (general system theory, dynamical systems theory, complex systems theory) and set the foundation for new researches. For those like me that are looking for a deeper understanding of groups dynamics here some interesting excerpt from the book. The different kind of groups formation, based on the forces that drive the group formation (internal or ...