Guidelines or rules?

Like the pirates code, the difference between guidelines and rules in software companies is not always clear

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image: forbes.com

Levels of guidance

Lets take a look at levels of guidance, below I’ve knocked up a handy little graphic as a way of illustrating the spectrum that runs from very directive to not directive.

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How directive should a guild / practice be?

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Guilds and Tribes, as visualized by Spotify

Clarity is key

As usual, clarity is key. If you are a guild leader and giving guidance, my challenge to you is “what is your reaction when a team doesn’t follow your guidance?”. Are there negative consequences? In this case you are more likely issuing mandates than giving guidance. True guidance is clear, based on research and experience, but leaves room to be pleasantly surprised when a team doesn’t follow your guidance and still gets a great outcome.

Agile coach. Ways of Working researcher. I live in beautiful New Zealand and work for Fraedom — part of Visa. I am also the founder of a start up — voyzu.com

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