This week we have a cross-posted contribution courtesy of our friend Sanjiv Augustine, President of Lithespeed. We've known Sanjiv and his team for years, ever since Sanjiv was Jon Terry's CSM instructor at hospital-giant HCA and then helped with coaching during HCA's large-scale Lean-Agile roll-out. We have a ton of respect for Sanjiv, Arlen, David, Derek and all the gang there.
Today's post is about Sanjiv's experience at the Stoos Gathering this winter. For those who aren't familiar, Stoos is an effort to bridge the gap between the various advanced management approaches out there today: Lean, Agile, Kanban, Scrum, Radical Management, etc. While each approach has its unique contributions to make, there are a ton of similarities. And they are almost always complementary to one another if thought of in the right way. Instead people often let labels get in the way and create friction. Stoos is an enlightened effort to break down the barriers which we wholeheartedly support.
Guest Blog Post: Sanjiv Augustine, President, Lithespeed
So, it's taken me over a month to get around to writing this, but then catching up on the backlog of work built up over three weeks of vacation is pretty darn tough.
Before I went to meet up with fellow Stoosians, I blogged about preparing for #Stoos. I also presented the polio eradication initiative as a possible model for transforming management. It certainly seems a viable model for global change. Last month, the Washington Post reports that, as of January 13 2012, there have been no new reported cases of a child being paralyzed by polio in a year.
Back to Stoos. I had been vacationing in India and headed to Zurich, breaking journey on my way back home to Washington, DC. Met up with old friend Michael Spayd, and we traveled together to Stoos via the railway