Upcoming Brambles

Every day, organizations stumble into Agile Brambles. Our work is to find ways to eliminate the binary thinking that make Brambles so thorny, and give you tools to help you find paths to fruitful insights.

On this page are the seeds of upcoming Brambles that Derek and Paul are curating.

We’d love your thoughts:

  • What other Brambles have you seen occur in your organizations?
  • What are some of the Thorns (entrenched, binary positions) that you hear people take?
  • How do these get revealed? What do they sound or look like?

Curated Seeds for Future Brambles

Co-located Teams | Distributed Teams
Agile Teams are only most effective if they are co-located where they can work face to face VS Distributed Agile Teams can be just as effective as face to face

Initiated from Top-Down | Led through Grassroots Motivation
Agile transformation must have buy-in and be initiated from the executives top-down VS Agile transformation is best when led through grassroots motivation

Hierarchies | Networks
Business agility can be achieved with hierarchical organizations VS
Business agility really only is achieved using a network of teams supporting value streams

Certifications Are Meaningful | Worthless
Certifications are useful ways to differentiate individual/team/org skills VS
Certifications are no more than marketing fluff


6 thoughts on “Upcoming Brambles

      • Hi Chuck, we’d love for you to engage with us. A good start might be confirming if the Bramble is worded as you have seen it and then adding soundbites here. If you have tried a path it would be great to know what it was and whether it was successful or not. And if successful, what told you it was bearing fruit? You can just record them as comments on this page for now.

        Thanks! Derek & I look forward to your engagement!


  1. Could the top-down/grassroots be folded into the Invited/Imposed bramble? They certainly cross paths (pun intended).

    For example, from the grass-roots (another good bramble pun): the development team decides they are going to pursue Agility via Scrum and “inform” the business/management “here’s how we interface with each other now, deal with it” vs. “we’re experimenting with this new way of working and would like to involve you in our experiment to see if it has benefits all around the organization”.


  2. Craig, that’s a thought we had as we discussed Invited vs Imposed, yet one of the things that sort of felt more at the heart of the Invited vs Imposed was where it starts. If you are a exec, you may feel it must start at the top and thus it becomes imposed, a push so to speak. If you are a dev team that gets it, you may feel that practices and techniques get adopted as teams feel they can get success, so more grass-roots invited.


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