A Radical Culture of Culture Building
Bethany Andres-Beck

Many organizations struggle to collaborate across organizational boundaries. One solution is to invest in a Culture of Culture Building. Often when we want to collaborate across departments or functions we are presented with a choice between structurelessness or hierarchy. We either rely entirely on informal relationships, with all the directionlessness and cliquishness that results, or we attempt to centralize cadence, planning and decision-making, with all the problems that come from removing context and substituting metrics for relationships. This choice between two bad options felt familiar. Searching for an alternative, I went back to the radical roots of the movement and discovered a tool for emergent governance: building Cultures of Practice. These self-organizing structures incentivize participation with natural rewards. They invite rather than alienate, and experiment rather than plan. They require radical trust & an environment of sufficiency, and in exchange, they result in skilled, trustworthy organizations. They can create value no extrinsic system can rival. They are, in short, Agile. Culture Builders incrementally engineer the social processes that let secure, reliable, valuable, delightful software emerge at scale. This talk will offer concrete examples of how to achieve a company-wide goal with an up-front investment in such facilitators. It will also address the pressures that can lead this technique to fail, and offer strategies for resisting the commodification of our cultures.

Date & Time
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Location Name
Presidential AB
Session Type
Learning Level
Accelerating Products, Sponsored by LTI Canvas
Continuous Improvement | Team Cohesion/Formation |