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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:46 pm 
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Lemme have your account numbers and I'll ensure you never go hungry again.

:-bd


The thing is, I’m already deep in talks with the Israelis about this, but they want HALF!!! Can you believe it?


Considering the heavy lifting and paperwork they're doing for you, you're getting a hell of a deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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Day 2.

I *LIKE* the Canadian Style of Working.

Very relaxed; very informal; friendly.

And also:

Much less fussy than the Dutch about what websites I can visit from within the Corporate network. Yay! No more obscenity filters when I'm wasting time!!

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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...and we think of the banks as being stuffy...

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:41 pm 
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Right.

One month in, and I think I’m getting a good handle on the new terrain.

I have come to realise this already:

What I initially took to be evidence of progressive “Ways of Working” maturity, with regards “Self-Organising Teams....

[Assistant: please hyperlink those terms to somewhere relevant.]

...Turns out just to be what Canadians have been doing for most of their History.

They are the polar opposites of their southern neighbours, who must live their lives, following the rules taught them in school, increasingly devoid of the ability to think independently.

I am quite convinced I have just discovered a Cultural Goldmine in Canada.

So for years (today more or less marks my 30th Year as a Professional Holyman, and it’s going quite well so far...) I’ve been trying to convince Executive-levels to be a bit more enlightened and far-sighted.

They are now starting to grow in the right direction, and the right colour: green, rather than grey.

Slight problem with Management at the moment, as we have given them the priority management task of making the entire Management layer redundant. It does pain me sometimes to see the confusion on their faces, and the uncertainty in their language, but in the long term, it will do them good.

They can choose between developing a skill, if they want to be an Engineer; or an independent personality, if they want to be a Team Leader.

I haven’t yet met in my life, a single Canadian who doesn’t possess a perfectly distinctive and idiosyncratic, independent personalities.

And it is built into the fabric of their top corporations.

It just isn’t documented, because no-one can generalise on personality trends. Because there aren’t any.

(Unlike the mass-produced personality types on offer south of the border...

But you should try and capture it tG. Think of it as “Lean Emotional Intelligence”. It is bred into your culture that responsibility lies both with self and team, not one or the other. Mutual assurance on the reliability of other team-mates. The ability to integrate and assimilate independent thoughts into a coherent purpose that can be fully shared and supported by independent thinkers is an alchemy, which I identify you Canadians being Unconsciously Competent at.

Systematise resource-engagement so that independent thinkers (a.k.a. “Disrupters” - “Holyman and the Disrupters sounds like a good band name...) are nurtured and allowed to flourish according to their particular strengths.

The Theory has been around for ages... But no-one can really make it work at the Engineer Level, because the Engineers always think they’re being tricked when a Change Happens that they do not fully understand.

And they are nearly always right about being tricked.

Canadians Engineers, seem to have figured out that you should fix the tasks around the person, rather than fix the person around the task.

Well done Canada.

You have single-nationally restored my faith in Humanity.

Ta.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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I've added that as a footnote on the Exec Summary page.

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At the simplest level, a self-organizing team is one that does not depend on or wait for a manager to assign work. Instead, these teams find their own work and manage the associated responsibilities and timelines.


https://www.planview.com/resources/arti ... zing-team/

I think Gore-Tex work in this way. They also try and make sure no one building unit exceeds 150 employees to try and keep teamwork tight, and where hierarchy does exist there's no superficial way of telling.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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Are you volunteering for the role of my Assistant Slacks?

Watson to my Holmes?

The job is yours if you want it.

I personally don't know anyone better-suited to the task.

Also:

Typically, self-organising teams have 9 - 12 members. Any more than that and collaborative returns inversely diminish.

Not much point grouping specialist SME's into teams, if there are only 3 or 4 for the particular subject matter. Better to let SME's dynamically attach and detach from defined teams, as needs dictate.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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Holyman wrote:
Are you volunteering for the role of my Assistant Slacks?

Watson to my Holmes?

The job is yours if you want it.

I personally don't know anyone better-suited to the task.


Why thank you. However I am very expensive and do my best work sat in strip clubs. That cool?

Holyman wrote:
Typically, self-organising teams have 9 - 12 members. Any more than that and collaborative returns inversely diminish.


I have a team of 10. My team catch-up on Monday has a new agenda item :-bd

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You know what goes really well with work “teams?”

A flamethrower.


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PBFMullethunter wrote:
You know what goes really well with work “teams?”

A flamethrower.



On a Stuka

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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barcelona wrote:
PBFMullethunter wrote:
You know what goes really well with work “teams?”

A flamethrower.



On a Stuka


with throwable flames


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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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PBFMullethunter wrote:
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PBFMullethunter wrote:
You know what goes really well with work “teams?”

A flamethrower.



On a Stuka


with throwable flames



Magnificent.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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Why thank you. However I am very expensive and do my best work sat in strip clubs. That cool?


Fit the tasks around the Person.

'S fine by me.

Also:

Daily, 10 minute meetings.

Manage by deviation only (see: Strip Clubs).

I.e. if there is no update from the day before: no mention.

This is what I did yesterday.

This is what I am doing today.

And this is what is getting in my way.

(Your job Slacks is to clear that stuff out of their way.)

"Let's be careful out there!"

:-bd

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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Holyman wrote:
Also:

Daily, 10 minute meetings.

Manage by deviation only (see: Strip Clubs).

I.e. if there is no update from the day before: no mention.

This is what I did yesterday.

This is what I am doing today.

And this is what is getting in my way.

(Your job Slacks is to clear that stuff out of their way.)


Funnily enough I was thinking of switching the weekly catch-up to a quick daily stand-up. I like that Yesterday/Today/In My Way structure. Now I've just gotta communicate it in a way that doesn't make it look like I'm micromanaging.

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Don't introduce it as a "Top-Down" edict.

Raise it as a "Bottom-Up" concept for discussion. What does the rest of the Team think?

They are the ones who have to decide what works best.

Film a few of your Monday weeklies, then review the video as a team. How productive was it? Did everybody get out of it what they each wanted?

I will never go to a meeting unless I know what I want to take away from it. If someone wants me to attend a meeting to give account of myself, I laugh at them and file my account in writing ahead of their meeting. If anything I've submitted isn't clear (it always is), they are always free to call me during their meeting, and try and tell me why something I've written is unclear...

And I can read meeting minutes as well as write apologies for absence.

You want people to want to attend your Daily Stand-Ups(DSU), because they know it is the single best event at which to quickly understand what everyone else is working on, and where there at with it.

That's useful to know. Worth attending a 10 minute meeting for.

Any of your team who don't think they'll get anything from the DSU should not attend. They'll only kill the buzz. Tell them they can stay sitting in the 20th Century during the Stand-Up if they like.

They just shouldn't expect to be able to use, "I didn't know what [Team-Member] was doing...", as an excuse for their own shortcomings.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
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Nope daily is way too often; it just encourages sloppiness and rushed work so people don't feel bad about still working on the same thing with no real progress to report. Most important jobs take way more time and can't be measured this way.


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Depends. I manage to the individual and the task they're doing. If people don't know what the fuck they're doing on a given task I give them lots of support. More meetings, workshops whatever they need. Usually I try and set them up with an experienced peer to help mentor them. If people know what they're doing I book an informal shoot the shit session once a month or so. In those cases I'm just seeing how they're doing. Are they bored out of their tree? Shit at home ok? Do they need me for anything?

For day to day I stay the fuck away from daily scrums. They are a tool created by cunty project managers to make sure they can cover their ass in meetings with executive sponsors. It's a way to manage the tasks...not the people. Which is why PM's love it.

These days I see I.T. departments going hard into the daily scrums. I think it's because generally I.T. departments really struggle in developing their staff into leadership roles. By nature the I.T. guy tends to be more introverted and not really eager to run teams of people. So as a result you get a lot of non-I.T. people in leadership roles in I.T. departments. They don't know what the fuck their staff do and need to talk with them daily so they can answer questions about what their staff are doing. Probably better to put more effort into developing leadership skills in I.T. professions. God knows the earning potential for an I.T. professional who's outgoing and has leadership experience is through the roof.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Banks
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:30 pm 
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My small team have set objectives and timescales to work to, so the daily meets will either be to unblock the blocks or inform everyone on what's going on (there is interdependency between much of their work). If a member is still on track to complete a task then that's all they need to report.

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I would never work for any company again that even mentioned “scrum.” Horrible, horrible fad.


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My small team have set objectives and timescales to work to, so the daily meets will either be to unblock the blocks or inform everyone on what's going on (there is interdependency between much of their work). If a member is still on track to complete a task then that's all they need to report.


So ... shouldn't they be learning to unblock shit for themselves? Interact with their colleagues? Work together on their own? Figure out what other departments do and how they can better support them. If they can't do that then as their manager how are you developing them if you do that for them all the time? Your job isn't to just complete the tasks it's to develop them into competent adults. Grow them up. Make them able to replace you. Growing our kids up to be competent adults doesn't stop when they're 18. It doesn't stop period.

I'm just being a dick. You know your team far better than me and if you feel this is something that would benefit them then give it a go. I agree that if possible get them to think it's their idea. They will be more likely to give it an honest go. I'd talk to them first individually and feel them out. They may think of a better idea or at least something almost as good.

Personally I'm with Mullet though. Scrums are shit they don't match my style at all...unless you're in crunch time for a project and shit has a potential to go sideways. As a day to day...fuck that.

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This guy nailed it a few years back:

https://michaelochurch.wordpress.com/20 ... -terrible/


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I thought scrum was a wrestling term.

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