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Six Rules for Change (2015)

Still No Silver Bullets (2014)

Self-Organizing Teams, Demystified (2012)

Scaling Agile Teams (2012)

Six Rules for Change

Lean UX, 2015

Change is often much slower than hoped for, and more painful than anticipated. In the end, you may be left with feelings of frustration and dismay rather than the benefits you hoped for. How can we make change–whether it’s adopting Scrum at the team level, or agile at the enterprise level–more successful, and more enlivening?

Through my work with many organizations, I’ve distilled principles for successful transformation into Six Rules for Change. These principles address both the complexity of the organization and the complexity of the human experience of change. They provide a set of touch-points to guide Change Artists as they support and enable change in their organizations.

Tamnay Vora came to my Six Rules talk at Agile2015, and made a wonderful and engaging sketch note of my talk. Six Rules for Change.

Six Rules for Change – Esther Derby from William Evans on Vimeo.

Still No Silver Bullets

LeanAgile Scotland, 2014

The term “best practices” is alluring. Best practices promise that if you just do these things, all will be well. But what works at another company may not work for you. Copying what worked else where may not achieve the results you want, and may not help at all.

You /can/ learn from what other companies do. But in the end, what matters is how well you are satisfying your customers, employees, and stakeholders. And that requires a unique approach based on your unique business model, culture, and value proposition. In this talk, I’ll explore the lure of silver bullets. I’ll outline when looking for a best practices makes sense, and when it doesn’t. I’ll offer guidelines–based on my experience and research–to help you discern when to adapt a practice to your environment, and when to adapt your environment to take advantage of a practice invented by someone else. And I’ll share ideas on how you can innovate a path that reflects your unique situation.

Esther Derby – Keynote : Still No Silver Bullets from Lean Agile Scotland on Vimeo.

Self-Organizing Teams, Demystified

Norwegian Developers Conference, 2012

“Self-organizing team” may be the most over-used, mis-understood, vague, and mis-leading phrase of the decade. So what is a self-organizing team? How are self-organizing teams different from other teams? How can managers and team members get the self-organizing mojo going? What are the challenges that self-organizing teams face? In this workshop, we’ll explore all these questions and get beyond the buzzword.

Esther Derby – What Does Self-Organizing Team Really Mean? from NDC Conferences on Vimeo.

Scaling Agile Teams

Norwegian Developers Conference, 2012

Agile methods depend on effective cross-functional teams. We’ve heard many Agile success stories…at the team level. But what happens when a product can’t be delivered by one team? What do you do when the “team” that’s needed to work on a particular product is 20 people? Or 20 teams?

One response is to create a coordinating role, decompose work, or add layers of hierarchy. Those solutions introduce overhead and often slow down decision making. There are other options to link teams, and ensure communication and integration across many teams. There are no simple answers. But there are design principles for defining workable arrangements when the product is bigger than a handful of agile teams.

In this talk, I’ll cover principles and practices and explain how they work together to address coordination, integration, and technical integrity without adding levels of hierarchy or bureaucracy.

Also see my most recent slides for this talk.

Esther Derby – Scaling Agile Teams from NDC Conferences on Vimeo.