These are some cultural behaviours & artefacts that I have learnt to value over the past decade working in the Software development industry.
I use them as feelers to measure how dysfunctional(or efficient) a particular Team or team leader is and what could possibly be done about it ?
I also use them to keep myself and my organisation honest !
How would you answer these questions from your experience in your current team &/ organisation ?
- what do you hear more ? “I have never tested this before, this is not my area of code” vs “Lets give it a go…I will go & find out”
- do you get together often to celebrate success ?
- do you get together often to self reflect on failure ?
- is the “box” questioned ?
- does everyone in the team knows “WHY we are doing this project ?”
- do you reward knowledge sharing ?
- do people feel loved back ?
- do people pair ?
- do people crowd around critical problems?
- do people often palm off problems to “experts” ?
- do people take responsibility only when it is mandated?
- can people say no ?
- do people say no ?
- are they heard ?
- do peers recognise peers publicly ?
- how are bug escapes reacted to ?
- is accountability executed or individuals ?
- what were we doing last year ? what are we doing this year ? do I know what will I be doing next year ? do you ask this often ? do the Team ask this often ?
- do people pursue problems ?
- do you slow down to be able to speed up later ?
- do you run capability projects ?
- are people efficient at eating mammoths ?
- do you get more opportunities to fail ? (after a failure)
- do general facilities get better with hierarchy?
- do you have a training budget ?
- do you have an entertainment budget ?
- are jerks allowed ?
P.S. This post is inspired from Lou Gerstner’s (the legendary IBM CEO) quote….
“I came to see in my time at IBM that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game – it is the game. In the end an organisation is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.”
from those faux walls
out on a stroll
had lost his way
and met the sea
talked in awe
“i had heard “
“now i see what others saw”
“you should come here often” , “more often”
“i’m here”, “i will be”
“in serenity and in a rage”
“a cage for all with gills”
“in all’s slumber and in waking them free”
“ferrying icebergs and fallen trees”
“i wish i loose my way” , “often” , “more often”
huddle the maximum allowed bureaucracy in the room
smattering of giant egoists & the types that feel threatened from anything apart from the normal
wheel in a feeble but budding & well intentioned new idea
pound it with polished & well articulated pseudo-intellectual ridicule & cynicism
(actually masking internal ego,insecurity & urge for turf control)
check if the feeble but budding & well intentioned new idea is still alive ?
yes ? continue pounding till nipped in bud ?
once confirmed …..ring the bell and usher in status quo
it has a different attire today and also masks it’s familiar old stench
talk up the status quo lobby , let them knit the wool of the warmth & reassurance of the normal.
like it ?
settle in …. feel cosy .
have an indecision
My 6 year old woke up saying …”Papa ,you know, you can make things that you see in your dreams !!!! “
let dreams brew
let dreams overpower my insecurities
let dreams demolish the weeds of doubts that fester
lets dreams clear the clouds
you are my role model
my promise to you
is to never stop dreaming
a rough windy day ?
fly a kite with your loved ones !
Whats gonna work ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijsHtY7aV7I
Ownership & Responsibility over Authority
Question the box itself
Celebrate success often, discuss failures openly, implement self-reflection with discipline.
Prepare to be disrupted.Switch ideas,context,methods,tactics,campaigns (but not goals)
No jerks allowed.No blurry lines between jerkness and superstardom
here is my grand scheme….i see these problems….make these problems disappear
see those goals ? see these problems in achieving those goals ? you know why are these problems,problems ? , now lets gets our minds & eyes together on solving these problems