- COVID-19 was the biggest driver of culture change in the last year
- There are dramatic differences between good and bad remote work cultures
- Management practices are evolving to adapt to the new ways of working and the expectations of the workforce
- Creating real psychological safety and focusing on employee experience is hard, but pays off in terms of engagement, motivation and outcomes
- Ethical issues, diversity and inclusion and tech for good make a difference and need to be addressed purposefully.
COVID-19 was the largest influence of change in the culture and methods space in 2020 and the knock on effects in 2021 are driving many of the trends we see at this time. The previous trends report was released early in the pandemic and we now have a year’s worth of content to explore how the IT world has adapted and responded. There have been many examples of great collaboration, teamwork and adapting to new ways of working along with plenty of stories of hardship, Zoom Fatigue, mental and physical health challenges and other impacts as people have adapted to working from home, managers have changed long-held beliefs about remote work and organisations have adopted new technologies to support the shift.
Source: Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2021
In this podcast the Culture and Methods editorial team discuss their views on the current state and trends in the Culture and Methods area that they monitor. The editorial team consists of Ben Linders, Craig Smith, Doug Talbot, Raf Gemmail, Shaaron Alvares and Shane Hastie. Unfortunately Shaaron was unable to join in the recording, however her perspectives are included in this and in the accompanying trends report article.
Source: Engineering Culture Trends Report – March 2021
My workshop with Julian Smith (no relation) from Agility Today 2021 called “Public Sector Agility Accelerator” is available on Slideshare.
Today ‘agile’ is no longer just a buzzword. From building spacecraft to manufacturing, some of the most complex and largest organisations in the world are using agile ways of working to deliver better outcomes, respond to change, improve quality, foster more productive and happier teams, and reduce risk.
This hands-on and interactive session is aimed at helping public sector organisations build capability to support agile ways of working, from policy development through to service design and delivery.
Deepti Jain and the team did an excellent job putting together this month long festival and it was also a pleasure to be part of the Advisory Board.
The video from the Agile Revolution LIVE! session that I co-hosted at the Agility Today 2021 Unconference with Renee Troughton and Tony Ponton is now available on YouTube. The audio podcast will be released soon.
It was a pleasure to be asked by Deepti Jain to represent the Agile Alliance as part of the Agile Career bootcamp for the Agility Today 2021 festival. The video of the ask me anything session is available on YouTube.
The Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has published a draft code of ethics that aims to raise the standards around agile coaching. It runs under the auspices of the Agile Alliance to independently represent the wider agile community.
The January 2021 draft of Code of Ethical Conduct consists of 18 points covering 9 subject areas:
- Confidentiality and information security
- Acting within your ability
- Introspection and continuing professional development
- Conflicts of interest
- Social responsibility, including diversity and inclusion
- Ensuring the relationship is valuable for both coach and the client
- Agreeing on boundaries
- Abuse of power
- Responsibility to the profession
The Ethics Scenarios provide guidance on how the code relates to common challenges experienced by agile coaches, whether they are experienced or new to the role.
The expectation is that anyone taking on agile coaching at any level in an organisation will be able to use this code to help guide their behavior when faced with ethical dilemmas.
For questions and feedback on the code of ethics and the related agile scenarios, you can contact the initiative team at AgileCoachingEthics@agilealliance.org.
InfoQ interviewed Craig Smith and Shane Hastie about the code of ethical conduct.
Source: Draft Published of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching
The team working on the Agile Alliance Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative has been working steadily over the last six months and we have now published a draft Code of Ethical Conduct for Agile Coaching
Source: Agile Coaching Ethics Initiative – Key Accomplishments & Highlights