The second Red42 #MicroThinkTank happened in Portland, Maine (USA), on 5 May 2018.
After Niels spent a few days with Agile nonconformist-slash-reformer Daniel Mezick (author of the books The Culture Game and The Open Space Agility Handbook), Silke used the opportunity to talk with Daniel about fast organizational transformation by inviting and engaging everyone. Daniel promotes large-scale engagement, as opposed to imposition of Scrum, or Agile: "Tolerance of the coercive imposing of Agile practices on teams, sadly, has become a cultural norm of the Agile industry. This tolerance of force is profoundly disrespectful of people. It is also one the most pressing issue of our time," Daniel says in his essay about what he calls the Agile Industrial Complex.
The MicroThinkTank conversation between Silke and Daniel was about how to help companies develop a self-organized organizational model, within a very short time frame, and without consultants, without imposition and coercion. It also covered how to put existing methods and social technology, to good use in this context:
Open Space Technology, for example, is a powerful and proven method. But while it has been widely adopted as a framework for public conferences (especially in the shape of BarCamps and Unconferences), it has been much less applied within the context it was originally designed for: Organizational Development, or internal use within organizations, for large-scale engagement.
Dan´s Open Space Agility approach makes this right: It puts Open Space conferencing, and large-scale engagement, at the heart of agile change. Which is a notion that we at Red42 find highly inspiring. "This is likely to be the underpinning to the future of organizational development: It is clear, it is fast, it is based a hundred per cent on self-organization - without dependence on consultants, or external experts", Silke said.
What have I learned here today? (Daniel, Silke)
The first Red42 #MicroThinkTank happened on 20 December 2017, in Wiesbaden.
Silke Hermann and Niels Pflaeging spoke with learning portal-/curation expert Stefan Diepolder. Stefan works with larger German companies on building and designing knowledge and learning platforms. The topic of the Think Tank conversation was the curation of organizational learning economies - a topic that inspires both Stefan and us at Red42.
"If an organization wants to create a new learning culture, then it must create a learning infrastructure, or ecology first", Stefan says.
Check out the documentation of shared insights below!
What have I learned here today? (Stefan, Silke, Niels)
(adapted from the flip chart documentation in German shown below)