Schneider culture model

Schneider culture model explains how people are getting things done in order to ensure their success in the future. This culture model was developed by William Schneider, who has been working as a psychologist for more than four decades. According to Schneider culture model, he explains that no culture is better when compared to another. Instead, you will only be able to discover strengths and weaknesses in the different cultures. If you can keep this fact in your mind and move forward, you will be able to understand the perfect culture, which will match with the work that you do in the company or team.

Having different cultures within an agile company can often lead towards conflicting situations. Hence, it is better to implement the best fitting culture and move forward with that.

When you deep dive and take a look at Schneider culture model, you will notice that there are four different types of cultures.

  • Control culture

Control culture is process driven. It is ensuring organization success based on processes and data. In here, the control culture would not require any competition. Leaders will manage the work. You can find control cultures in police and military.

  • Collaboration culture

Collaboration culture is where people work together in order to achieve one common goal. You will be able to find working managers in here. It is important to have excellent relationships in here, so that the goals can be achieved effectively.

  • Cultivation culture

Cultivation culture is often focusing one greater mission. This culture can be found in social impact organizations, non-profit organizations and religious organizations. In here, the leaders will remove obstacles that will keep the organization away from achieving its mission.

  • Competence cultures

Competence culture is using the best possible talents in order to bring out ideas. This culture is all about winning by bringing the best talent. For example, they focus on developing the best product on the market.

— Slimane Zouggari

Nonviolent communication

Nonviolent communication, which is also known as NVC or compassionate communication is a methodology that is developed by Marshall Rosenberg back in the year 1960. This principle is based upon the assumption, which says that all the human beings have a capacity to empathy and compassionate. People tend to violate only when they notice that there is no other effective method available for them to get their requirements catered. While working in an agile environment, it is important for you to have this understanding about nonviolent communication in mind and move forward accordingly.

According to Nonviolent communication, it is believed that human behaviour is originated from the attempt to meet the basic human requirements. Then it is said that their needs are never in conflict, but they are just strategizing to meet to meet their needs and end up with clashes. In the meantime, Nonviolent communication is proposing that it is important for the people to get to know about shared needs. These shared needs will be revealed through feelings and thoughts. Then they will be able to collaborate and develop better strategies, which will eventually help them to focus on catering the needs of each other in a better way. Along with that, it is possible to ensure interpersonal harmony. Along with that, proper cooperation can be achieved.

Nonviolent communication principles can be applied to an agile software development team as well. For example, when the testers are waiting too long for the developments to be released for testing and when they notice that there is not enough time available for testing, they will end up with getting into conflicts. Instead of going for such conflicts, the testers and developers will be able to work collaboratively and come up with an appropriate methodology to get their requirements catered.

— Slimane Zouggari

Lift off

When you are launching agile projects and teams, it is important to have a clear understanding about the concept called Lift off. During the Lift off process, all the people who are associated with the agile project will come together and define their initial inventions and the approach. Along with that, it is possible for them to go ahead with the team building process.

When the teams don’t start well, it is quite difficult to recover at a later stage. Hence, it is important to make sure that you go ahead with a proper start and continue with it. That’s where Lift off will be able to help you with. Along with that, it will be uniting the strategy and execution, so that all the project team members will be able to remain focused on what the client expectations are. Development of the team will go ahead and achieve a shared understanding on what is involved as well. On top of everything, people who work within the team will be provided with the opportunity to start developing themselves into a team.

You can often find Lift off taking place at the beginning of the project. Then it is possible for everyone to discuss about the broad outlines. Along with that, the intentions of the project can be discussed effectively as well. Once this is done, you can make sure that all the team members are on the same page and there is no any possibility for ambiguities to take place. The outlines will be created appropriately and the team will be able to focus on what can help them with the successful implementation of the project.

Lift off can be done in the form of a workshop. Then it is possible for everyone to come together and achieve the objectives associated with it.

— Slimane Zouggari

Lean canvas

The Lean canvas is a one-page business plan, which was initially created by Ash Maurya. Primary objective of this single page business plan is to deconstruct the idea that you have into the key assumptions. It was derived from the business model canvas that was developed by Alex Osterwalder. Then the Lean canvas was optimized to match perfectly well with the requirements of learn start-ups that exist out there. Along with the implementation of a Lean canvas, it is possible for you to eliminate elaborate business plans.

It takes a considerable amount of time to write a business plan. You will be able to reduce that time being spent with the support and assistance offered by Lean canvas. It will only take less than 20 minutes for you to go ahead and create a Lean canvas. Therefore, any agile lean start-up will be able to start using it and experience the benefits that are offered in the long run.

There are different elements in a Lean canvas. In here, you analyse the problem and solution along with key metrics. Along with that, you pay extra attention towards unfair advantage as well. Along with this, it is possible for you to decode the business ideas that you have in your mind and implement them in the real world.

As a business entrepreneur, it is important for you to get ideas out of your head and write them down in paper. That’s because you will never be able to process everything within your head. When you get the ideas into paper, you should follow the Lean canvas. Then you will be able to develop the problem solution in an effective manner. A traditional business plan will not be able to deliver the best results to you with achieving this and that’s why it is important for you to stick to the Lean canvas at all times.

— Slimane Zouggari

Applying Kano model to Agile

Kano Model is focusing on maximizing client satisfaction with regards to a software development project. It is something that you should never ignore when you are working on a software development project. That’s because it can contribute a lot towards the overall success that you will be able to achieve at the end of the day. That’s because all the time and effort that you spend on developing the software will be in vain, when the client is not happy about the final product that he is getting.

In order to make sure that the client will not be satisfied about what he is getting at the end of the day, it is important to go ahead and implement Kano Model to the agile development methodology. You will need to pay attention towards three important parameters when you are applying Kano Model into agile software development methodology.

As the very first thing, you need to get a clear understanding about the basic and mandatory expectations of the customer. These expectations are the features that must be present in the product that you develop. If you ignore to implement these features, customer will not be able to use your system for business purposes. As a result, you will end up with a dissatisfied customer. For example, if you are trying to introduce a hotel booking website, a hotel search functionality must be available.

The second parameter that you should be concerned about is the desired quality. This represents the characteristics of the system that you develop, which are in a position to ensure customer satisfaction at the end of the day. They are often related to the performance of the system. You should never ignore the delighters such as the user-friendliness of the system that you develop, which can help the customer to make his life easy. You need to be mindful about these parameters when you are creating the product backlog.

— Slimane Zouggari

Kano model

Kano Model was developed with the objective of prioritizing customer satisfaction and customer happiness. When it comes to a software development, a massive backlog has to be completed. The product development team will have to spend a considerable amount of time in order to get the backlog items cleared. After the development of the product, the client will go through what is developed and check whether it matches with the business requirements and see whether there is any possibility to take the business to the next level with the help of it. That’s where Kano Model will come into play.

Kano Model was developed by a Japanese consultant and a researcher named Noriaki Kano. It uses techniques and ideas, which can help you to get a better understanding about the satisfaction of a customer with related to product features. The customer satisfaction level about the features will entirely depend on the level of functionality that is available. There is a possibility to classify features into four different categories. It is possible for you to go ahead and determine how the customers will feel about a feature by providing them with a questionnaire.

There are several important parameters, which will be able to determine the overall customer satisfaction levels. Performance of the system holds a prominent place out of them. The system should be a highly performing one, which caters to all customer requirements in a timely manner. On the other hand, the features that the customer must expect to get the basic requirements catered should be present as well. It is also important for the system to be attractive to the customer. Then the customer will prefer to spend more time along with the system and get work done. Last but not least, the customer is expecting the system to be indifferent.

— Slimane Zouggari

Heart of Agile (Allistair Cockburn)

While you are working hard to implement agile within your workplace, it is important to pay extra attention towards Heart of Agile as well. It will provide you with the opportunity to get the most out of agile practices and change the world. The work that you do within the agile software development team is capable of changing the world at least to a certain extent. In the meantime, it is also important to keep in mind that great ideas fail due to misunderstanding that people have about the way how the world will react. Or else, the ideas will fail due to the presence of errors. That’s where Heart of Agile will be able to help you with.

Heart of Agile is simplifying two decades of agile practice into four different imperatives. They will be able to boost your overall effectiveness at the end of the day.

  • Collaborate

This is about collaborating closely with others to come up with better ideas. Along with that, it is important to maintain smooth communications at all times for smooth transitions to take place as well.

  • Deliver

This is about delivering small probes and analyzing feedback that you get on them. Then you will be able to understand how the world will work. Along with that, you will be able to expand the deliveries as you keep on learning how to predict the outcomes.

  • Reflect

Heart of Agile encourages you to reflect periodically. Then you can think about the things that you have learned through collaborations and the deliveries that you have made.

  • Improve

Last but not least, you will be able to improve the direction of your technical implementation, ideas and the internal processes that you follow in order to achieve something. Along with that, you will be able to release effective products to the market.

— Slimane Zouggari

Enterprise Agile

Enterprise agile is all about improving the way how a company is working to achieve one common objective in the long run. It has got the ability to create a strong impact on the overall success and effectiveness of an organization. We often see how the software development companies are sticking to agile methodologies because of the positive results that they can experience out of the methodology.

When implementing enterprise agile within a workplace, the very first step would be to begin with a MVP or a minimum viable product. Then it is possible to release the MVP and get feedback on it. Based on the feedback, it is possible to make appropriate changes, which will preserve the good features and save engineering time.

At the time of developing enterprise agile environment, it is important to focus on creating a single product backlog. It is the responsibility of the product manager to create this backlog and maintain it. Then you will be able to quickly spot what the high priority tasks are. Along with that, you can bring the high priority tasks down in the timeline.

It is important for a collaborative culture to be present within a company for enterprise agile to deliver the best possible results. For example, the product owner, tester and developer should get together and review the features and requirements that exist on the backlog.  Then the tester will be able to explain potential problems whereas the developer will be able to explain the implementation process.

It a large-scale agile framework is used, it will be possible to get the best out of enterprise agile. Some of the most prominent frameworks that are using in large scale enterprises out there in the world include Large Scale Scrum, Disciplined Agile Delivery and Scaled Agile Framework.

— Slimane Zouggari

Sociocracy 3.0 – Principles

Sociocracy 3.0 is based upon seven different principles. If you are looking forward to implement that and shape your agile organizational culture, you will need to have a clear understanding about the seven Sociocracy 3.0 principles. Along with that, you will be able to assist the people to appreciate the value that principles of S3 will bring into them.

  1. Principle of effectiveness – This is where you devote the time only on tasks that can help you to get closer to the goals or objectives that you want to achieve in the long run. Along with that, you can stay away from distracting from the work that will keep you away from achieving the goals as well.
  2. Principle of consent – This principle of Sociocracy 3.0 is all about raising and seeking out to resolve the objections to actions and decisions. When you come across a problem, you should resolve it by making appropriate decisions.
  3. Principle of empiricism – This principle is about testing all the assumptions that you have through experimentation methodologies. You will also be introducing continuous revision to ensure that they can deliver positive results.
  4. Principle of continuous improvement – This is where you change incrementally, so that you will be able to accommodate the steady empirical learning procedure.
  5. Principle of transparency – Principle of transparency is all about making the information accessible for everyone who works within the organization. This should be done only if there is no need to ensure privacy.
  6. Principle of equivalence – Principle of equivalence is about involving people to make and evolve the decisions, which will create an impact on them at the end of the day.
  7. Principle of accountability – Principle of accountability is responding when something is needed. Then the employees will be able to do what they agreed.

— Slimane Zouggari

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Sociocracy 3.0

Sociocracy 3.0 is a practical guide, which is designed for evolving agile as well as resilient organizations. It is possible for an organization of any size to move forward with Sociocracy 3.0. In other words, a small scale start-up or a well-established large scale enterprise will be able to go ahead and implement it to experience the positive returns that are offered at the end of the day.

Sociocracy started back in the year 1851. The third version of it, which is known as Sociocracy 3.0 was implemented by Bernhard James Priest back in the year 2015. When your agile organization implements S3, you will be provided with a coherent collection of principles that are based on patterns. You have the freedom to go ahead and use these principles to navigate through complexity, ensure collaboration, evolve and adapt accordingly to different situations that you will come across. It is also in a position to provide an excellent assistance to the people so that they will be able to incrementally process with the information available. This will ensure improvement of the products, value stream, skills and services.

Sociocracy 3.0 is also in a position to provide assistance for an organization to get the best out of talent available to implement a flexible organizational structure. Along with that, it is possible for them to ensure appropriate flow if information. In addition to that, it will also ensure flow of value.

Sociocracy 3.0 can provide an iterative and an organic approach to change, which will meet the organizational requirements and help them to move forward at their own pace, while adhering to the unique needs and context. Moreover, it will help them to draw collective intelligence to the group. This will facilitate the development of new strategies, which are safe for an organization to try.

— Slimane Zouggari

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