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Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture Paperback – October 27, 2016
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"What executive wouldn't want a highly productive group, capable of taking on big, strategic projects with aggressive timelines? What employee wouldn't want a workplace that inspires-with camaraderie, fun, worthy challenges, AND genuine management support? Up until now, these two desires have seemed mutually exclusive, and elusive.
In Tribal Unity, Em shows that it is possible to have both, and indeed, the latter enables the former. Em is no starry-eyed dreamer. She's a business manager and knows what is at stake. This book is full of examples, stories, practices, and practical advice. She shows you that productivity + joy is not pie-in-the-sky, but well within the achievable."
- Esther Derby, co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
"Succeeding in building a strong tribe - a team of teams - is one of the keys to unlocking potential in your organization beyond the individual team. But how do you do that in practice? Most books only tackle this with principles or abstract concepts - but in this book Em describes real, concrete practices illustrated through her own experiences that will not only inspire you to build a stronger tribe, but also guide you in how to do it."
- Anders Ivarsson, Organizational Coach, Spotify
"Every aspiring Lean-Agile enterprise can be no better than the culture that evolves to support it. Em does a great job of describing how that culture can be fostered directly with the"team-of-agile-teams", the essential building block of enterprise agility."
- Dean Leffingwell, creator of the Scaled Agile Framework
"Em tells a very personal and human story about how to create awesome tribes. Her book is full of useful take-aways, real life examples and practical ideas people can use. One big lesson shared is that success if often based on having the courage to seize opportunities. Even seasoned Agilists will find something here! I certainly did."
- Sandy Mamoli, co-author Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel
"Em's is the first true and authentic voice in the Scaling Agile space. Rather than sell you on grand unifying theories and ideas, she tells her own story of personal, team and organisational development. Tribal Unity documents Em's journey leaving a trail bread crumbs (books and articles) for others to follow. Its so refreshing to see how her thoughts developed around solving the problems rather than selling the solutions. I'm utterly jealous that I haven't written such a rich, poetic and useful book as Tribal Unity. Jealous of London"
- Chris Matts, Agile Transformation Coach, Co-Author of Commitment, and Co-inventor of the Given-When-Then syntax.
"In a field where frameworks and methodologies get much of the attention, it's refreshing to read a story from the trenches about the power of culture. Can it be created, cultivated, and scaled beyond the team? The evidence presented here indicates that it's possible even in challenging circumstances and when the concept is new to everyone. With plenty of examples to show the way, this is a great source of ideas and inspiration for anyone looking to create a sense of common purpose for a group of teams."
- Brian Adkins, Principal Agile Consultant
About the Author
Em Campbell-Pretty is internationally acclaimed business strategist, speaker and one of Australia's leading Enterprise Agile consultants. After 20 years in senior business roles within multinational blue chip corporations, Em discovered Agile and became passionate about the chance it provides to align business and IT around the delivery of value. Today Em is instrumental in empowering Australia’s largest enterprises in improving the effectiveness of their teams. Em is a thought leader on scaling culture and creating agile tribes and is has received international attention for her blog, prettyagile.com, which is one the top 100 Agile Blogs of 2015. At the heart of Em’s success is her passion for creating cultures of transparency, lean leadership, learning, innovation and fun. Her commitment to building great leaders and transforming culture is the driving force behind TRIBAL UNITY.
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- one in-depth example, based on Em's experience with EDW Agile Release Train
- a good description of specific practices with examples of how to make a tribe operate in a cohesive manner
- very importantly: quite a bit of attention to helping leaders cross the chasm and not only become a part of the game but actually enable the tribe to achieve more
- besides, a very good in-line overview of literature on related topics
- I think the book would benefit from a bit more parallels between specific tribe practices and SAFe events (other than just PI Planning).
- in the future (let's say, 2nd edition) it would be great to see other companies' experiences and other release trains. That would allow to compare different tribe practices in terms of where they work best and where they don't and how to make adjustments based on the context.
I think I would like to organize a book club meeting at my company on "Tribal Unity".
Em didn’t do this on her own though and she gladly recognizes it. She provides references to previous works that guided her thinking, she asks for and accepts counsel, appreciates her teams that do the work, and finally - follows her own intuition to success.
On a more personal level, within these pages (and her blog), Em demonstrates the seven pillars of servant leadership: 1) person of character 2) puts people first 3) skilled communicator 4) compassionate collaborator 5) has foresight 6) systems thinker, and 7) leads with moral authority.
Thank you Em for this contribution to the community!!
The book was about implementing agile team practices and agile practices at scale, and the resulting congruent cultural change. The outwardly observable process and practices influenced the internal cultural shift and vice versa. The right side and left sides are linked. The result was that the organization moved holistically to a better state. A great quote from the book is “at its core it [Tribal Unity] is about creating an environment where people feel safe to be themselves at work.” Love this! Thank you Em. Nicely done.
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