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Which road will lead us to Rome?


We at Roadmap like to keep moving forward. With a new year ahead of us, we took the opportunity to spent some time thinking and talking about what we need to do in 2016 to keep moving forward. We translated the outcome into challenges.

Because one of our core values is team over individual, one of our challenges for 2016 is to become a super team.

This immediate raised the first question. What is a team? What is the definition of a team? The online business dictionary describes a team as "A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job or project."

In other words: getting things done with each other. Meaning: a team needs to have a goal to work on. Check. We can fix that!

This automatically raised the next question. How does a team get the things that need to be done, done? How are they going to achieve their goals? Having more than one road that leads to Rome, there are also a lot of different ways to get things done.

Back in the nineties, working according the principles of Prince2 was very popular. (Or at least, in the Netherlands.) While time went by and the world of software development fell an masse in love with the Agile methodology, the more industrial oriented companies started to explore the benefits of Lean Six Sigma. Since Ricardo Semler proved that cash comes in when management goes out, more and more companies believe in the benefits of self-managing teams and start adapting this methodology. Another, fairly new but already with a growing list of adapters, methodology of self-organization arose, called holacracy.

Although all different methodology's are using the same wine for their theory, they are all capable of putting this old wine in new bags. In other words, all these different methodology's definitely can work. As long as you choose a method that fits your team and your company.

This leads us to the 3rd question: what kind of method works for us? At Roadmap, we want to get the best out of ourselves and our teams. Therefore it's important that the way we organize our work supports and contributes to this. And that it's in line with our goals, vision and values.

Lucky for us, our backpack was already filled with knowledge and experience. Back in the past, including the time that we were still part of Sound of Data, we have been experimenting with several methods such as Scrum, the Waterfall model and Programmer Anarchy. We even had a brief flirt with holacracy. And we have been reading and listening a lot of books. About self-managing cells, circles of influence and the value of making people accountable.

The stuff we collected in our backpack, in combination with new insights, made us more and more aware of the fact that a method is a way to achieve goals and that it's not a goal on it's own. We came to the conclusion that we didn't want to rigidly follow orders of a methodology. Because we learned the importance of having the freedom of changing or skipping parts in the method which are no longer helping the company. That it's important to be and stay flexible and in control. Because the world is changing every day, you have to be able to quickly adapt changes. And we had learned that, if you want to keep moving forward, to never hold on to a method which doesn't help your company any further.

So... bottom line... we want to work in a way we believe in. Not because whatever methodology says so.

That's why we decided to create our own way of working. The Roadmap-way. Why? Because we are Roadmap. And we like to do things the Roadmap-way. So we combined all the good stuff from all these different methodology's and created our new way of working.

Officially our new way of working starts from January 2016. But being Roadmap, who likes to move forward and who likes to do things the Roadmap-way, we basically already are working the Roadmap-way. With continually adapting the best ideas and solutions which are already out there in the world. With room for exceptions, changes and flexibility. Every day.