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Field Notes

Posts by Mike Cottmeyer

Encapsulation and Orchestration

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I spend a lot of time thinking about these two words. When LeadingAgile talks about forming teams and building organizational structures, we rely on the notion of encapsulation to increase local autonomy, and therefore empower the people doing the work to make local decisions. When we talk about orchestration, we understand that anything which cannot […]

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Dealing in Abstraction

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Back when I was a project manager I read something that stuck with me. Great project managers take the complexity of what’s happening on the ground and reflect that in a plan such that people can understand and make good decisions. Said another way, the plan is a useful abstraction of reality. I used to […]

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In Memory of Jean Tabaka

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I debated writing this post. I considered Jean a friend. Even though we didn’t talk often, I think she considered me a friend. I’m sad she passed away this week. I’d like to share a story with you guys. When I wanted to start LeadingAgile, I was scared. I didn’t have the 100K in the […]

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