Good Enough

Being Good Enough

Taking part in a recent event, one of the speaker at a certain point mentioned a sentence that made me think. We need to have the courage to settle for Good Enough Results sometime. Good Enough seems a sentence that underpins a failure, not reaching results. But this is only apparent. We indeed need to accept that we can’t be on top of performance every day. We can’t exceed expectations always. So I embarked in quick research to see if there is something more around this concept. And have found extensive research and contents. Good Enough in Parenthood In psychology, the concept of Good Enough was brought into prominence by the paediatric psychiatrist D.W. Winnicott as he developed the concept of Good Enough Mother. He researched the development of babies and emphasised the role of the mother (or the primary caregiver in her absence). He stressed that fact that mothers don’t need to be perfect. Babies have developed to be able to mature and also survive despite some shortcomings in their parents. So Mothers need only to be good enough to reach this objective. Good Enough in Technology The basics …

Are you a Multipotentialite

Are you a Multipotentialite?

Multipotentialite is the last buzz word that I came through, that helps describe my own personality. I must admit I have missed it. Its origin is rooted in a Ted Talk by Emilie Wapnick, which mainly tried to answer a few common questions for some people. Are you interested in many topics and subject? (Yes) When you are interested in a topic, you deep dive in it fully, just to feel bored after a few days? (Yes) Do you have difficulty in defining what you are good at? (Yes) Do you have problems in adapting to an agenda, and are often led by “streams of consciousness“? (Yes) Is your personal purpose vast to be defined? (Yes) Then there are high chances that you too are a Multipotentialite. In Emilie Wapnick’s word, it’s someone with many interests and creative pursuits. And below you can find her exciting Ted Talk. Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers. Emilie Wapnick If that doesn’t sound new …

Book Review: Agile People by Pia-Maria Thoren

Book Review: Agile People by Pia-Maria Thoren

Agile People by Pia-Maria Thoren is one of those books that you wonder why it wasn’t written already. It’s a straightforward book in the way it is written, full of easy to grasp concepts, concrete examples and real-life experiences. And while you read it, you really wonder why is HR not working this way already? This work is high on the experience of the author, a People Management consultant that has turned to Agile (and its various practices) to find concrete answers to the needs that HR has. And the book subtitle doesn’t leave anything out from the fact that what is being proposed is a radical approach. Agile is a way of moving forward and creating value. It’s a mentality that allows people and groups to meet challenges, learn quickly, and respond to change. It’s a different and new way of managing teams, individuals, projects, and development. Pia-Maria Thoren Agile People, page 16 Agile above all. The book talks of Agile, from its principle as a discipline up to its more recent developments. And then addresses several typical …

Book Review: Scrum 101 by David Lowe, James Wyllie and Jiten Vara

There are moments in which you need a practical handbook to guide you through the tools of a specific topic in an easy to read and accessible format. This is Scrum 101 by David Lowe, James Wyllie and Jiten Vara, a book that we can genuinely define nimble and agile in the way it delivers context and clarification on the Scrum methodology.  Scrum is the fundamental methodology to deliver agile in organisations, yet it is often one of the most misunderstood frameworks.  The book provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum. It is based on real questions through the workshops that the authors have facilitated and thus has an efficient focus. Most of the chapters are therefore framed into a question, making this very much resemble a FAQ collection. Although the Scrum framework is well defined, it is flexible so that it can be turned to your individual circumstances. This is part of the Scrum’s beauty. Unfortunately, although Scrum seems simple in theory, putting it into practice is not so easy. Scrum 101, page 126 This book …

Organisation Design for Agile: Start with Governance

As we approach (re) organisation design work to support business transformation, we are often faced with the fact that few organisations address one of the critical components of Org Design: Governance. It’s essential to make decisions on who decides, at all levels of the organisation, to avoid stall and bottlenecks. A truly agile organisation can only be built on a firm decision making backbone. I’ve recently been involved in a large organisational redesign process, and have kept meeting functional leaders who always started the discussion by introducing a new Org Chart for their function. I’ve already discussed the fact that I think Organisational Charts way too often end up being a simplistic representation of an Organisation. What however is way too often missing in these design efforts, are answers to what I think are the key questions to be answered in organisational design: How do we align on priorities? How do we make decisions? How do we communicate decisions? How do we ensure that decisions are followed up? How do we mitigate risk? How do we ensure …