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Experiences With Self Organization: Monkeys and Accountability

I started Ekipa (an agile agency helping organizations in Indonesia become agile) at the end of 2016. In my first company, Bridge Global, I had already experimented with agile and self organization. Based on this experience, I decided in 2017, while building the team for Ekipa, to adopt the principles of ‘reinventing organizations’. Laloux describes the ‘Teal organization’. Without describing…

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When Agile Coaching Stalls – Dealing with Counter-Agile Managers, Cultures and Other Agile Anti-Patterns in Your Host Organization

I worked in a large organization on an agile transformation project within one (non-IT) department. The stint was successful as a learning experience for the coach but arguably less so in terms of the progression of the agile transformation in the department. I and a number of coaching colleagues tried to do two things - improve team practices/cultures, and also…

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Why Enterprises Need to Think Like Startups

The past 3 years, I have used the word ‘Agile’ so often that it sometimes makes me want to stop using the word. Everyone talks about Agility; most don’t really know what we speak about. Everyone wants to become Agile; most don’t know why and how. Consultants preach Agile Agile Agile; most hold different notions and confuse people (I am…

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The Paradox of Agile Leadership: Doing Versus Being Agile

I've lately been doing many leadership session with leadership teams in Indonesia. Usually such session is a 'first step' in creating awareness of what Agile means to an organization. Without leadership support (and a little push), enterprises cannot become agile. In doing such sessions I encounter a fundamental paradox: while Agile is to a high extent 'abstract' and about 'changing…

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Breaking Rules

The first decade of my working life, I built my own company. I started out without anyone else and step by step moved things forward. I could do what I wanted. Together with the first people I hired, we created a set of value that defined our culture. We created processes and guidelines. As the company grew, people started making…

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How To Become An Enterprise Startup?

There are days when I wake up and think 'I don't want to hear the word Agile anymore'. And there are days when I think 'wow, there's so much potential in the change agile is bringing to companies'. My personal belief is that it's not about 'Agile'. This is a buzzword that people buy in to (which is great, because…

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Measure And Metrics In An Agile Enterprise

On January 16th, at Allianz office, Joerg Sauer, Head of Application Development at Allianz Indonesia discussed his views on metrics in agile. The key focus of the discussion was how well the teams play when they move to an agile environment, working iteratively delivering value. Based on Joerg's expertise knowledge he shared the metrics that work best. Check out few snaps…

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Keeping One Ambitious & Self Motivated – Ekipa Reinvented

Ekipa, a platform which taught me to become self motivated, self driven and take up challenges as it comes, and I feel my co-workers too feel the same way. We never wish to pull ourselves away from situations which are difficult to handle, rather find out the best way to get it done. From being an online marketplace of IT services…

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The Power of Self Managed Teams

My mother often tells me a story from my youth. When I was a couple years old, in kindergarten, I had to close my jacket. Somehow I figured that someone else could do that for me, so I asked a small girl to close my zip. And she did, with my mum watching the scene. I've repeated that quite often…

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