One of NZ’s leading Agile coaches, Sandy is an accomplished presenter, published book author and former Olympic athlete. A force of positive energy, Sandy is hands-on, no-nonsense and steeped in Agile. She’s the co-author of “Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel” (Pragrog, 2015).
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Feb 06, 2019
We have run Squad Self-Selection for two quarters in a row within ICONIC Tech and it has been wildly successful (99% of our staff either love it (77%), or like it (22%)). Our process included about 30 people and 5 Squads. We wanted to share our experience in the hopes of inspiring other organisation... continue reading
-- by Jody Weir, Head of Agility at The Iconic
This post was originally published on The Iconic's blog.... continue reading
We decided to try Squad Self-Selection because we thought it might be a better approach to what we were currently doing which was having managers decide who was on which squad. We hire exceptional people and thought they could best decide what and who they worked with while keeping the interests of... continue reading
Immediately After our Squad Self-Selection Process…those are genuine smiles!!... continue reading
A bit about THE ICONIC and ICONIC Tech
THE ICONIC is the largest online fashion retailer in Australia and New Zealand. THE ICONIC stands for benchmark-setting experiences (3-hour delivery, access to over 1,000 top brands, market-leading shopping app), for impassioned communities (connecting Australi... continue reading
Oct 18, 2018
Sandy caught up with Kristin Andersson, Agile coach at LIC to learn how Self-selection has enabled their people to become high performing teams.
LIC is an agri-tech co-operative that empowers farmers through the delivery of superior genetics and technology. They needed to redesign their existing tea... continue reading
Dec 05, 2017
How we created a networked organisation
5 Key take-aways
Holacracy provides radical transparency and timely decision making at the right level. Decision making by consent is awesome!
The freedom, autonomy and responsibility to achieve a clear purpose enables self-organisation.
Holacracy will amplif... continue reading
Aug 30, 2017
Empathy is a good thing and understanding what your colleagues actually do can be a very useful boost to collaboration. When we work in cross-functional teams or with people from other parts of the organisation it is helpful to get an understanding of what they do, how they can contribute and what w... continue reading
Jul 02, 2017
I often teach Agile to people who have nothing to do with software development, such as leadership teams or organisations that operate entirely outside of the digital world. In this context I only teach the Modern Agile values (read more about the modern agile movement at modernagile.org).
I always... continue reading
May 09, 2017
This is the second year we have organised JAFAC (Just Another F#$%ng Agile Conference) and as I’m slowly coming down from the buzz and enthusiasm I’m reflecting upon the experience of organising and attending the conference.
Here are a few things that stood out for me:
1. The #JAFAC vibe
Several att... continue reading
Nov 21, 2016
People often ask me what exactly Nomad8 is and how it works.
Simply put, Nomad8 is a home for consultants. But it’s a pretty special model—a unique organisation of like-minded and passionate people working together, for themselves and for each other. It’s built upon the ideas of Swedish consulting c... continue reading
Nov 04, 2016
I gave a keynote at Agile Africa 2016 in Johannesburg earlier this year. You can watch the video here.
"I like creating teams by trusting people who do the actual work to design the best possible teams. I believe that trusting people to choose who to work with and what to work on creates not only gr... continue reading
Oct 21, 2016
Kanbanfor1 gives you a simple visual overview of your to do list. It helps you keep an eye on your progress and get visibility over what you’re actually achieving—helping you to work more efficiently and become better organised.
As a productivity tool Kanbanfor1 is great on its own—but it becomes tr... continue reading
Sep 20, 2016
How you kick-off a team is important!
In fact it’s so important, that when you get it right your team can perform up to 30% better. That's what research by J. Richard Hackman tells us and it’s certainly consistent with my own observations.
What exactly is a kick-off?
A kick-off is a series of meetin... continue reading
Aug 16, 2016
David and I were super excited to head to Agile2016 in Atlanta. We had a really great five days: catching up with old friends, making new acquaintances and eating Atlanta's "streetest" BBQ!
A new phase for New Zealand’s Agile community
Shane Hastie and I signed the papers to establish the Agile Alli... continue reading
Jul 11, 2016
I've never met someone who doesn’t have a problem managing their time. We all wish there were more hours in the day!While we can’t add extra hours to the day, we can find ways to be more effective with the time we have. Experience and research show that the best way to do this is to:
stop multi-task... continue reading
Jun 26, 2016
This year's Agile Australia conference was an absolute blast! I loved having the opportunity to catch up with old friends, hang out with my Australian coaching colleagues and to meet new and interesting people.
David Mole and I gave a talk on self-selection and creating great teams in Melbourne and... continue reading
Jun 14, 2016
Everything about self-selection on one pretty page. Enjoy :-)
Download the high-res pdf version: Self Selection On A Page
If you like the concept of knowledge on a page, have a look at Wallskills - an awesome site with heaps of beautiful, useful one-pagers collected by Corinna Baldauf.... continue reading
May 24, 2016
Inspired by our squadification experiences at Trade Me and other large companies, Xero set out to try self-selection for themselves. People were asked to figure out who should be in which team and choose who they wanted to work with. Read our interview with Jordan Morris, a software engineer and Agi... continue reading
May 16, 2016
Guest post by: Jaume Durany, Agile Coach at Fairfaxmedia.
This post originally appeared on fairfaxmedia.co.nz
Boundaries are everywhere, always. And, as Jurgen Appelo explains in his book Management 3.0, a complex system can self-organise only when there’s a boundary around it. That is, every outbre... continue reading