“ It’s a book full to the brim with useful nuggets of information and pointers to further study. Start here, enjoy their lucid prose, and get inspired. Our organisations are no longer fit-for-purpose, but the practical treatment presented in this book offers hope that they can evolve into responsible corporate citizens and humane places to work.“
~ Seb Rose, Co-Author of Discovery: Explore behaviour using examples
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The book has been featured in the top 10 Corporate Finance And Budgeting Books List by the Public Company Community.
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– A podcast by Agile Revolution, that is Tony Ponton and Craig Smith: Change it with the BOSSA nova 🙂
– Agile BOSSA nova: an “Unrecipie” for Thinking Outside the Box with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy – Webinar hosted by Sociocracy for All
– BOSSA nova: Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy – Agile Middle East 2019, Dubai
– Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy – International Sociocracy Online Conference 2018
What is BOSSA nova?
BOSSA nova is…
… an approach for company-wide agility. It enables your company to be agile, nimble, and flexible by combining
- Beyond Budgeting (beyond command and control toward empowered and adaptive management),
- Open Space (leveraging the power of innovation from all employees),
- Sociocracy (flexible organizational structure that allows decentralized decision-making), and
- Agile (continuous learning via experiments and feedback).
BOSSA nova makes company-wide agility possible.
Agile just by itself is revolutionary in the software world. Here’s what McKinsey said about Agile in October 2017:
“Agile performance units excel most often at strategy and people-related practices, and they outperform all other units in stability and dynamism.”
How can I Implement BOSSA nova?
Implement by probing, by doing experiments to understand the complexity of your organization’s Strategy, Structure, and Processes.
Is trust cheaper?
How can we both self-organize and stay aligned?
Should we change our legal structure?
Can our board of directors include a CEO, a representative elected by staff, and a customer without interfering with the board’s work?
How include customer feedback in board meetings?
Can we organize transformative learning?
Find out more by meeting us
Here is where we’re presenting next:
PMDay 2020, Kyiv, Ukraine (April 11)
– Dance the BOSSA nova! – How Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy enable Business Agility
Craft 2020, Budapest, Hungary (June 9 – 12)
– Probe your Organization – How you can implement a Learning Organization with BOSSA nova (tbd)
Agile Australia 2020, Melbourne, Australia (June 15 – 16)
– Keynote on BOSSA nova / exact title tbd
– Full day workshop on Learn Fast – Don’t Fail Fast: Workshop on the Essentials of BOSSA nova, the synthesis of Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy & Agile in …
… Melbourne (June 17)
… Sydney (June 19)
… Auckland (June 23)
Agile India 2020, Bengaluru, India (October 11-18)
– Coach Camp on Driving Change (October 11)
– Full day workshop on Beyond KPIs and OKRs: Creating an environment for high-performing, innovative teams that leads to true effectiveness (October 12)
– Talk on Don’t Fail Fast – Learn fast: Failing fast is an option. But innovating fast is a must (October 14)
Sessions & trainings on related topics
– Jutta’s upcoming events on Agile (and of course also on BOSSA nova).
– Events calendar for deep dives in Beyond Budgeting.
– Events calendar for Open Space by the Open Space World.
– Training options by Sociocracy For All.
– Events calendar on agile (un)conferences & trainings announced by the Agile Alliance.
… from our presentation recordings
BOSSA nova: Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space… at Bosnia Agile Days 2019, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dance the BOSSA nova! How Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy enable Business Agility at AgileRock Conference 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine
Probe your Organization! How Complexity Supports implementing Business Agility, Business Agility 2019, Vienna
Agile BOSSA nova: an “Unrecipie” for Thinking Outside the Box… – Webinar hosted by Sociocracy for All
Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, …, Business Agility Conference 2018
Beyond Agile: Preparing for Digitalization by Jutta Eckstein, Agile India 2018
The Wizard of OSS by Jutta Eckstein, Agile India 2018
With Sociocracy, HIerarchy becomes Agile, Agile India 2017
Sociocracy – A Means for true Agile Organizations, Agile Singapore 2016
… from our podcasts
- A podcast by Agile Revolution, that is Tony Ponton and Craig Smith: Change it with the BOSSA nova 🙂
- Great conversation with Richard Kasperowski on the 4 secrets of BOSSA nova for powerful, motivated teams
- Interview with Jay Hrcsko from AgileUprising on BOSSA nova
- Recording of: BOSSA nova: Beyond Agile – Preparing for Digitalization
- Company-wide Agility with BOSSA nova, podcast with Shane Hastie from InfoQ
- Frontmatter podcast with Leanpub
- Company-Wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting…, Agile Amped
… from our articles
- Surprising Challenges When Trying Agile Company-Wide published by Cutter
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- Making Companies Nimble—From Software Agility to Business Agility – interview by Thomas Ronzon, Cessare Pautasso & Olaf Zimmermann and published by IEEE Software
- How can Agile support company-wide Agility published by Kanbanize
- The Wizard of OSS: Follow the Open Space and Sociocracy Road to Enterprise Agile Transformation published by Cutter
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- What Does Company-Wide Agility Imply? published by infoQ
- Q&A on the Book Company-Wide Agility With Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy published by infoQ
- Connect Agile Teams to Organizational Hierarchy: A Sociocratic Solution together with Pieter van der Meché, published by infoQ
- Planning and Controlling Complex Projects published by infoQ
… from insights of our colleagues
- Panel on Business Agility at XP 2019. Article by Dennis Mancl in Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming – Workshops, published by Springer (open access).
- How these 3 Companies Manage Cost Without a Traditional Budget by Bjarte Bogsnes published by the Corporate Rebels
- Mayflower’s approach to salary negotiations by Björn Schotte, blog post on LinkedIn
- Why Budgeting Cripples Agile and Innovation by Steve Denning published by Forbes
- Why startups fumble at growth stage and how sociocracy could help build sustainable organisations by Amarendra Srivastava, published by YourStory
- The 5 Trademarks of Agile Organizations, by Wouter Aghina, Aaron De Smet, Gerald Lackey, Michael Lurie, and Monica Murarka published by and researched for McKinsey
- Decision Making Systems Matter by Hendrik Esser, Jens Coldewey & Pieter van der Meché, published by Agile Alliance
- On Understanding Software Agility – A Social Complexity Point of View by Joseph Pelrine
… from Probes of our Peers
Background: Currently the biggest part of the Scrum Teams within the Agile Release Train feel neglected and floating in the organization. Due to discussion between them and stakeholders (management+customers), they are losing sight of where their specific part of the product fits into the longer term vision, the company vision and the sense of purpose.
Hypothesis: If the first level of stakeholders would start actually being involved and engaged in the Scrum Events, together with the teams, there would be more opportunity of two-way discussion on the vision and ultimately providing a better sense of purpose, leading to happier teams.
Experiment: Identify 2 events where more active participation of stakeholders is expected. Beforehand, measure the level of happiness based on a set of questions that also includes the feeling of connection with the vision. After the events, measure again and inspect what is the difference. Adapt the future events accordingly.
Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, trainer, author and speaker. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make agile transitions. She is experienced in applying agile processes within medium-sized to large, distributed mission-critical projects and has written about her experiences. She holds a M.A. Business Coaching & Change Management, a Dipl.Eng. Product-Engineering, and a B.A. in Education.
She is a member of the Agile Alliance (having served on the board of directors from 2003-2007) and a member of the program committee of many different American, Asian and European conferences, where she has also presented her work.
John Buck is President of GovernanceAlive LLC, an international training and consulting organization headquartered Washington, DC, USA. The firm also offers mediation and meeting facilitation services. John has taught many training workshops on sociocracy and led many implementation projects for a variety of organizations, more recently expanding to include BOSSA nova. He serves on the boards of various other organizations. His research and development is ongoing. For example, he is working with Fujitsu’s advanced software lab to develop Weaver, software that helps meetings go better – in-person, online, and asynchronous.
John Buck has extensive management experience with government and corporations, including managing large information technology projects. His clients span the globe and include plastics manufacturers, schools, colleges and universities, long-term care facilities, co-housing groups, NGOs, food producers, and software companies. He holds an MA in Quantitative Sociology from The George Washington University.