Part VII: Additional Resources on the Net Objectives Portal

This page lists resources on the Net Objectives Portal that we find relevant to FLEX but not an essential part of its description.

Management

Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results. Short re-cap of this great book by Stephen Bungay.

Systems Thinking

If Russ Ackoff had Given a Ted Talk. 12 minute video that provides the best explanation I’ve seen of systems thinking.

Improving Frameworks with Operating Models. The biggest difference between FLEX and other approaches is FLEX is an operating model, not a framework. This expands on why this is important.

Team Level

Cross-Functional Teams: Improving Communication Between People who Work Together (Case Study)

Team Agility / Scrum Support Systems. provides considerable support for Agile teams using Scrum, Kanban or Lean.

Team Estimation is a simpler, faster, just as effective approach to estimation as planning poker. You can learn it in 5-10 minutes.

Dynamic Feature Teams: Creating Small Mobs Within a Large Group (Case Study). Although the ideal case is independent teams, very often requirements come in that require multiple teams to work together. Dynamic Feature teams is often a great way to increase collaboration across teams that have a common requirements base.

Technical Agility

A Primer on Emergent Design. In the Agile world our designs must evolve with our requirements. Here’s a primer from Scott Bain’s award-winning book Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software Development.

Refactor to the open closed is a method that provides changing the design so that it can better accommodate a new requirement. This is a chapter from our Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design book.

Theory of Constraints

Theory of Constraints (TOC) 3 Bottle Oiled Wheels Demonstration (short video). Provides a metaphor for how activity does not mean value.

Training

Scaled Learning. How to learn new methods is often as important as the methods themselves. Most Lean and Agile workshops use methods that are known to be less effective than modern methods.

Books

Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps Between Plans, Actions and Results. Stephen Bungay. One of the best management books written. See above in Management for a short re-cap.

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development. Don Reinertsen. Going Beyond Lean and Agile is based on Don’s book.

Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. David Marquet creates the leader-leader management paradigm.

 

If you want to learn more about FLEX you can take an online course at the Net Objectives University or take a live course in Orange County, CA May 6-8 or in Seattle in June (both led by Al Shalloway). If you want to learn about how to adopt FLEX in your organization please contact the author, Al Shalloway