It was a number of years ago (back in February of 2015) that I originally proposed the idea of an “Agile Governance Manifesto” at the following link:
The reality is that we need, once again, something that takes us beyond the concepts of Agile (and/or Business Agile) and into the realm of Flow Leadership.
My proposal for the The Manifesto for Flow Leadership reads as follows:
Manifesto for Flow Leadership
We are uncovering better ways of leading organizations
and delivering remarkable business value
by leading; and, helping others lead.
Through the lens of Flow Leadership we value:
Being in the Flow over merely “doing” Agile
Anticipatory Vision and Strategy over reacting to circumstances
Remarkable business value delivered over product, service or result
Servant Leadership & Mindset over micromanagement, command and/or control
Stakeholder Participation over unbending governance structures
Leading Change & Innovation over following rigid plans
That is, while there may be temporary value in doing the items
on the right, we value delivering the items on the left more.
There are a number of principles behind the idea of the Flow Leadership Framework:
- Our Vision is to deliver outstanding & remarkable value to the customer, team, stakeholders and organization
- We embrace change and harness the competitive advantage that real transformation creates
- Short iterations, focused on the Vision, Mission, Purpose, Values & Attitudes, Strategy(s), Goals & Objectives, is the fastest path for delivering extraordinaryoutcomes
- Cross functional teams and stakeholders must work together throughout the course of the development of the desired product, service and/or result
- Flow empowers teams of motivated individuals; and then, provides them with the leadership, environment and support they need, and enables leadership to trust their teams to get the job done
- The most effective method of Cascading Vision (and linking back) is face-to-face conversations
- Right Results (through the filter of Vision, Strategy, People and Tasks) are the primary measure of progress
- Flow enables a sustainable pace (for individuals, teams and organizations) that can be maintained indefinitely
- Agility and Innovation must be in balance with Operational Excellence, it is a “both/and” not an “either/or” value proposition; and, Flow enables that balance to emerge
- As with Agile, the deceptive simplicity of Flow is the art of maximizing the amount of work not done and it is essential for success
- Self-organization at the Program, Portfolio and Executive level produces the best structure and governance for the organization
- Culture breathes life into all our work (products, services and results) and needs to be filtered through the lenses of Vision, Mission, Purpose, Values & Attitudes, Strategy(s) and Goals & Objectives
Flow is what’s next. It plugs the leadership gaps inherent in all Agile and Traditional methodologies.
If you would like to experience the remarkable results delivered by Flow, feel free to contact me directly via www.andrewkallman.com.
For those that are not familiar with Flow, it is what’s next for businesses and organizations that are ready to succeed regardless of the methods, frameworks or management tools that they use throughout their enterprise.
Flow is methodology agnostic. Are you ‘in the zone’ of optimal performance right now as a person, team or enterprise? Did you get there by accident or by focused intentional acts?
“Flow” gives you the tools and practices needed to create and maintain an optimal state of high performance as an individual, team or organization.
Flow turbocharges “business agile” leadership.
Our latest book, “Flow: Get everyone moving in the right direction…and loving it” is available both in paperback and as an eBook on 1,800 sites worldwide
In addition to “Flow,” his first book, “The Nehemiah Effect” has been a #1 National Best Rated and Best Seller on Amazon.com in the US during six different months since it was published in February of 2014: