Agile Transformer, inspirer & speaker for your congresses, seminars, corporate events, Agile Coach on your way to an agile organisation.
Beginning with an empty brownpaper wall, Rainer Borg uses the development of the past 150 years to show step by step how organisations have dealt with the consequences of industrial revolutions and adapted their structures to new challenges. By comparing the corporate cultures created in the last half of the last century with those of today’s web world, the need to develop agile ways of working in our companies is mercilessly demonstrated.
In the constant dialogue with the auditorium, the necessary background knowledge for sustainably anchoring this insight with symbolic representations on the brownpaper in the style of storytelling is conveyed in a memorable way.
This impulse awakens and arouses enthusiasm for agility.
Building on the answer to the question Why Agile? Rainer Borg teaches the fundamentals of agile collaboration and agile transformation. The workshop participants put this new knowledge into action on an Agile Starterkit Canvas in agile teamwork. What do we need to do to agilize our organisation (project, program, area, company) and embark on the journey to the agile future?
What roles does middle management play in agile organisations?
Critics of the hierarchical organisation also refer to middle management as a lumpy or paralyzed layer and, in agile transformation, as an “Agile Killer”.
In the agilisation movement, middle management is coming under increasing pressure. It is said that agile transformations have the greatest chances of success if agility is desired by top management and lived or executed from below. This statement takes the middle management in the pliers.
As the middle management has so far been able to integrate agile structures into existing hierarchical structures by interpreting agility in its own / sometimes unconventional way, it is apparently becoming even more difficult and complex.
Real agile ways of working are increasingly seen as a solution for the reorientation of digital business models.
In this context, what is the actual benefit of middle management in our hierarchical organisations and what role does it play in the latest evolutionary stage of collaboration,
i. e. agile team organisation?
Agile transformations according to common methods such as Scrum, Kanban, SAFe or LeSS focus very strongly on mindset / agile culture, agile organisational structures with interdisciplinary teams and structured meeting cycles.
Direct, person-related communication on the Kanban Board of co-located teams is preferred over distributed collaboration across various locations.
Working with paper cards on the physical Kanban board is perceived as haptic digital solutions with which the systems such as Jira, RTC, Trello, etc. receive relatively little attention.
The methods used were based on communication principles that had already been developed during the imperial era in the first industrial revolution and have only been optimised structurally ever since, but never fundamentally questioned.
As a consequence, today we try to develop the products of the new, digital and networked world with old communication methods. How meaningful is this?
A radical change in the communication principles used in agile organisations combined with consistent digitalisation and networking of collaboration on sophisticated collaboration platforms boosts the efficiency of agile collaboration.
Only those who know how to use the benefits of digitalisation and connectivity in agile collaboration will be able to unlock the potential of the last two industrial revolutions and take advantage of them.
Based on the megatrends that are changing our world of work, Rainer Borg shows in this keynote speech how the world of work and thus global cooperation are changing and developing.
What will the consistent digitisation of cooperation bring, how will knowledge be managed in the future? Which tools will we use? How is our communication behavior in the digitised company changing?
With practical experience from diverse agile transformation projects and a wealth of background knowledge, Rainer Borg answers these questions and, in dialogue with the auditorium, elaborates the four key principles that will dramatically change collaboration in the digitised world. With this impulse you can go directly into the implementation.
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