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The Wizard of OSS: Follow the Open Space and Sociocracy Road to Enterprise Agile Transformation

Posted April 9, 2018 in Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence, Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies Cutter Business Technology Journal
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Jutta Eckstein and John Buck walk us through an enterprise-aware approach that helps optimize the process flow of value streams. The authors show how to apply “Open Space” and “Sociocracy” to support enterprise Agile transformation. Open Space is a technique where everyone is invited to put forward ideas that they’re passionate about; if there is enough interest in the idea people will get behind it and make it happen. Sociocracy is a form of democracy for use in organizations, building feedback mechanisms into the organizational structure itself that ensure every voice is heard. Both strategies promote enterprise awareness, increasing collaboration between people in what would normally be disparate parts of the organization and helping optimize flow as the situation evolves.

About The Author
Jutta Eckstein
Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an agile transition. Ms. Eckstein has unique experience in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. She is the coauthor (with John Buck) of the book Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption. Other… Read More
John Buck
John Buck is President of the consultancy GovernanceAlive, LLC. By guiding clients in “rewiring” their basic power structure, he helps them achieve greater efficiency and increased employee engagement. Mr. Buck has run many training workshops and Sociocracy, and now BOSSA nova — Beyond Budgeting (B), Open Space (OS), Sociocracy (S), and Agile (A) — implementation projects for a variety of organizations and has extensive management experience… Read More
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