Managed Chaos

Lean Be With You

One of the common concern from the management teams while hiring an Agile Coach is about the sustainability of the practices in the absence of a coach. As coaches we try our best to make ourselves redundant within the teams. However, it does take a considerable amount of time for the teams to be completely autonomous. All the aspects of self-organising team plays a major role in reaching such levels of autonomy. Depending on the amount of inter-dependency, this task becomes more and more daunting. Even if the team members attain a decent level of autonomy, there are chances that in the near future something might change within the team and the team members might go back to their old-comfort-zones. In my mind, an easy way-out is to ‘remind’ the team members to not yield to such (evil) intentions. As a practise, every time I finish a consulting engagement I always gift something to the team members. They are either a small memento or individual cards. This used to be my ‘reminder’ for the team in my absence.

When I met Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck at Agile India Conference and I saw them sign the following phrase in their book copies.

“Lean Be With You”.

I really loved the phrase and this is exactly what I wish for my teams.

Nothing less and nothing more!

I have also known that in every culture affirmations play a major role in shaping the beliefs of individuals within the community. Often these affirmations are shared orally or inscribed in areas/places which has high visibility. Also, it’s a common practise amongst the spiritual masters and guru’s to leave notes to the posterity. Keeping this in mind, these days I present these customised photo-frames as a farewell gift. It’s not only a lovely personal gift, it also serves as a reminder to the team to sustain their Agile/Lean practices.

"Lean Be With You" Photo Frame

Lean Be With You



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