It has been frequently reported on the Daily Management System (DMS) routines, and their power for people and teams. Let´s focus in this article one of the fundamentals of the DMS in each organization, the Daily.Daily is the term that refers to the routine that a team defines and improves continuously in an autonomous way, to coordinate, collaborate as well as to achieve their objectives, and above all, learn. Click To Tweet
A first premise to be highlighted at this point is that such a routine must be a useful tool for the TEAM and this is why it cannot be imposed externally, but instead must allow the TEAM to manage and decide autonomously, in order to anticipate recurrent ways of failure.
The Daily Routine still is a Daily Management System (DMS) and therefore must provide the fundamental principles of DMS.The Daily, like any Agile routine, must enable self-organization, delivering value and learning. Click To Tweet
However, in the current «Agile implementations», it is right this imposition of routines that has led to the development of bureaucratic routines. That is to say, actual waste without any value, value neither for the learning of the team, nor for the development of the product or service that the end user expects to be delivered.From a Lean point of view, any Agile routine that does not generate learning to enable the team to grow and deliver value to the user is wasted. Click To Tweet
Well, quite an interesting list …
In such a context it becomes evident that the imposition has killed the self-organization of the teams, and above all, that artisan process in which each day they shape the routines to avoid the problems that prevent them from growing: misinformation, reporting on the same matter repeatedly, errors and coordination problems due to lack of communication, complaints due to lack of communication, delay of decisions due to time spent managing emails etc.
And we all are victims of these issues:
So, how many times have you found yourself in an email queue with a conversation lasting all morning?
Now, how many of you share the feeling that your work is limited to answering emails and completing Excels to report over and over and over again?
And how many times have you spent half a morning trying to solve a problem and, when talking to a colleague, it turns out that it had previously occurred to him and he would have known how to solve it?
In our experience, teams that have developed effective routines continually ask themselves the following questions:
Once purpose and objectives are defined, the teams go on asking:
…and the leaders don’t do anything?Yes, the leaders do. They do a lot. Specifically, they put themselves at the service of the teams' growth until they become redundant. Redundant with the How but increasingly needed in helping to build a common why. Click To Tweet
The leaders´ role has changed
From imposition to service
Micromanagement makes way to vision
from supervision to development
Control leads out to facilitation
Isn’t that exactly the essence of leadership? We wonder when this has fallen into oblivion.
Welcome to the Agile Revolution!