May 12 / Jim Benson

Collaborwocky Ep009 - Understanding & Structure

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A Precursor to Effective Work

In the latest episode of the Collaborwocky podcast, hosts Jim and Mark delve into the intricate relationship between structure, understanding, and work effectiveness. Here are the key takeaways:

1. The Loop of Misalignment:

  • Teams often self-organize without a clear structure, leading to haphazard efforts.
  • They then adopt ill-fitting structures, mistaking them for understanding.
  • The result: neither the structure nor the understanding aligns with the actual work.

2. Beware of Canonical Thinking

  • Some treat frameworks as canon, memorizing them without critical evaluation.
  • Jim humorously likens this to Jesus returning and clarifying his teachings on feeding the poor.

3. Embrace Adaptability

  • Structure should adapt to the work, not the other way around.
  • Avoid the sunk cost fallacy; be willing to change when needed.

4. Visible and Ongoing Work

  • Use tools like value stream mapping to visualize structure.
  • Keep it visible and revisit it regularly to stay aligned.


Remember, effective work requires a balance between structure and adaptability. Let understanding guide your choices, and don’t be afraid to evolve. 🌟

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The Team

  • Jim Benson: Founder of Modus Institute and co-author of Personal Kanban and the NEW Course, Toxic Waste.
  • Tonianne DeMaria: Co-founder of Modus Institute, co-author of Personal Kanban, and an expert in the psychology and neuroscience behind work.
  • Dave Prior: Certified Scrum Trainer and a faculty member at Modus Institute.
  • Mark Kilby: Co-author of the book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams, and a co-instructor for the new Successful Distributed Teams course on Modus Institute.
  • Thushyanthan A.: An education industry professional and a Modus Institute faculty member with a love for documentation.