As a modern leader, you’ve banished control from your toolkit, so what are you left with? Your new job is to replace it with an environment that promotes innovation. A place that allows your teams to navigate a clear path toward a meaningful goal.

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Get it right and your teams will flourish. They’ll find flow: experimenting, failing, learning, discovering, making a breakthrough and releasing. Surfing the edge of chaos in a complex sea.

An innovative environment is built on 6 foundational elements. …

It’s killing your value

My work starts with listening, and the story I hear is often a tragedy. The business teams frustrate the development teams. The development team frustrate the business teams. A chasm forms where respect, understanding and trust withers. Crucial collaboration sinks into the void. Value creation slows…

For years I followed the typical Scrum team model where product owners worked with teams of developers and if I was lucky, testers and designers. Primed with user stories, the teams delivered working software but it rarely delighted. We were falling short of our potential.

The development team needed to…

Why do established software companies stop growing? Most startups fail because they don’t find a strong product/market fit. Marc Andreessen describes this as when “The customers aren’t quite getting value out of the product, word of mouth isn’t spreading, usage isn’t growing that fast, press reviews are kind of “blah”…



Modern Software Teams are often given a high level of autonomy. Autonomy is a prerequisite for creativity and continual improvement. Without boundaries autonomy can lead to paralysis and inconsistent architecture.

The pattern is drawn from the following observations:

  1. Autonomy gives the feeling of freedom that drives us
  2. Autonomy…

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