Why Not to Focus on a Company’s Culture

September 27, 2007 — Posted by Al Shalloway

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.


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Alan,

I think you almost have this fully grokked :).

The culture IS the collective behavior. Belief and philosophy follow behavior, and if you don't buy that just look at Stockholm syndrome. Better yet, look at the tendency for really good developers to go bad in a culture bereft of good software development practices.

It is easier to trend toward entropy and many a good young developer loses his way in a cube farm without support for good behaviors.

In this case you did indeed focus in the culture. The 6 items you named become the culture.

A focus on behavior is a focus on culture. Any other mechanism you hear to influence culture is a mere platitude.

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