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SPaMCAST 746 - Manifesto for Organizational Agility, A Conversation With Jeff Bubolz And Chad Beier

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Release Date: 03/12/2023

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This week we discuss the Manifesto for Organizational Agility with Jeff Bubolz and Chad Beier. Jeff and Chad developed the manifesto to help organizations get agile and stay agile. Many organizations rush into agile finding early success that turns sour a few months or years down the road. This pattern is indisputable. The Manifesto seeks to highlight the core issues that lead to this pattern (you will also want to listen to the interview with Bob Galen on SPaMCAST 748 due to be posted on 26 March). 

You can read the Manifesto for Organizational Agility at http://bit.ly/3mOnBaU

Chad and Jeff’s Bios:

Chad is an organizational agility advisor and external change agent with Wisconsin Agility and Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org. He promotes organizational agility and positive pressure for change through speaking, advising, coaching, and training.

Jeff is a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org, organizational agility advisor, podcast host, and speaker. Jeff brings storytelling, a broad array of experience, along with a collaborative approach to teaching and speaking.

Contact information and More:

Wisconsin Agility: https://www.wisconsinagility.com/ 

Agile Wire Podcast (one of my favorites): https://www.wisconsinagility.com/pages/the-agile-wire-podcast

Chad Beier: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chadbeier/ 

Chad Beier’s Agile Songs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrE4EJKhiUtc3j5aAnRlskg

Jeff Bubolz: linkedin.com/in/jeffbubolz

Re-read Saturday News!

Chapter 19 of Extraordinary Badass Agile Coaching: The Journey from Beginner to Mastery and Beyond is titled “ Setting Up a Badass Agile Coaching Community of Practice.” I have strong opinions about Communities of Practice (CoP). They can be a very valuable tool, when done well, for supporting movements within an organization. As Mr. Galen points out, a CoP, is a place for learning and feedback. Done poorly they are invasive and harmful. CoPs will get like-minded people together to learn, support each other, interact, and become a community. 

Buy a copy and upgrade your coaching skills - Badass Agile Coaching: The Journey from Beginner to Mastery and Beyond

Previous Installments:

Week 18: Setting Up a Badass Agile Coaching Community of Practice - http://bit.ly/3JyPT27 

Week 17: Dojo Practices - http://bit.ly/3FlftW7 

Week 16: Badass Agile Coach’s Guide to Starting Your Day - http://bit.ly/3Y4Kcgy 

Week 15: Situational Awareness as a Badass Agile Coach - http://bit.ly/3KnoJMv 

Next SPaMCAST 

We will continue our exploration of fatalism’s impact on change in organizations (listen to the essay in SPaMCAST 745). Fatalism does not have to be permanent. How that transition away from fatalism can be made varies depending on context. In the next installment in this series, we will look at a few approaches to tackling this problem. 

We will also have a visit from Jon M Quigley who will bring his Alpha and Omega of Product Development to the podcast.