It’s time to shift your organization from the Industrial Age to the Innovation Age with an Innovation Transformation.

If you are playing digital and/or agile transformation right now, you are likely already behind the curve. Instead you need an Innovation Transformation to untether the creative potential of your people. There are people in your org ready to innovate, but right now they are likely stifled by bureaucracy. Break the bureaucracy beast and untether your people.

Have you heard of Haier? A Chinese based multinational home appliance and consumer electronics organization — the world’s largest appliance maker. Well, that is how to describe them now, but don’t be surprised to see this definition change over the next few years…


Google’s research into team performance (Project Aristotle) revealed two behaviours consistent in high-performance teams — high levels of social sensibility, and equal time speaking. So if you are looking for a leading indicator metric for high performance, why not come up with ways to measure these?

I think that one of the silver linings from the pandemic will be that it will have permanently changed the way we meet. Remember what it was like trying to get a meeting/conference room back at the office? That pain disappeared when we all went remote. And I envisage that when we go back…


The differentiation between complicated and complex is starting to be understood by many. The next concept to get after this is chaos vs disorder.

The word chaos is mostly used incorrectly. “It descended into chaos” should most often be replaced by “It descended into disorder”. Well — that correction was only true once Chaos theory was born so our common phrases are just lagging behind the development of the new sciences of Chaos Theory and Complex Systems.

An attribute of a chaotic system is that it is capable of self-organizing. A chaotic system may appear random from the outside as…


Fluid Scaling Technology (FAST Agile) fills the gap for a purely complex agile method.

Agile methods mapped onto the Cynefin Model

In this 2018 interview What’s Next for Agile with Dave Snowden, Mr Snowden predicted the birth of a purely complex agile method. Enter Fluid Scaling Technology (FAST).

I am not going to describe the difference between complicated and complex here. If you don’t know, go look it up. In fact, if you don’t have a good grasp on this concept, stop reading now. Nothing past this point will make sense to you.

In the aforementioned interview, you will hear Mr Snowden place Kanban in the purely…


Imagine an AI bot that can read sentiment of outgoing e-communications then act on a set of rules when noticing strong negative emotions.

There is a personal rule I have created for myself — which I’m really good at doing when I remember to do it. (Do you see the irony in that?) Never communicate strong negative emotional communication electronically.

So — what if there was an AI tool to help me remember my own rules? And let’s take this one step further, what if as a company we decided this was a really great rule and so the AI…


How long before we have tools for helping us to know more about our unconscious self and give us insight into ourselves either in real-time or during a daily personal retrospective?

What don’t I know that I didn’t know?

Know Thyself

I’ve been learning a lot about cognitive biases recently. There is a lot of information to assimilate and then creating action around that information requires new habit-forming. And I need to do all that while still doing everything else in my life? Sheesh. I could do with some help here.

I want applications, tools, sensors that can tell me:

  • What cognitive…


The agile community have taken to Daniel Pink’s Drive with gusto, but I’m not sure that it is always with complete understanding.

The science shows that the secret to high performance isn’t our biological drive or our reward-and-punishment drive, but our third drive — our deep-seated desire to direct our own lives, to extend and expand our abilities, and to make a contribution.

Pink, Daniel H.. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Purpose (making a contribution to a cause) vs Purpose (what is this piece of work about?)

“the richest experiences in our lives aren’t when we’re clamoring for validation from others, but when we’re listening to our own voice — doing something that…


The Origin Story of Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Fluid Scaling Technology (FAST Agile) Share a Common Thread.

I once went on a personal development class out in the woods where the instructor was trying to give us new ways of thinking and being. Frustrated that we were all drifting off in a session and sensing we were not getting his message, we were all marched down to the river and told to jump in. No changing your clothes or taking your shoes off — jump in, now, do it. Then we got to trudge back to the lecture room and…


This is very similar to some experiments I ran using jelly beans and wisdom of crowds. 5% accuracy is typical, but still a surprise to see it for yourself. I know how you felt. Great article! Here is the study I published if you are interested. https://www.agilealliance.org/putting-relative-estimation-to-the-test/


The best time to discuss — how are we going to do this? — is just before doing this.

Agile has borrowed some great ideas from Lean. Limiting WIP (work in progress) is the most notorious. Just in Time is another, and it is this concept that I want to cover here. I have heard agilists use the term last responsible moment, and it is the same idea expressed in different verbiage (which I prefer).

This blog is not to debate estimation vs. #NoEstimates. It has advice for teams that are still using old school estimation and aims to put to bed the argument for dismissing #NoEstimates or other forecasting mechanisms on the ground of not having the valuable…

Ron Quartel

Software Crafter, Disruptor, Pioneer and Intrapreneuer. On a mission to unleash the human spirit in the workplace. Founder of FAST Agile.

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