I've looked across the forum but haven't found anything that addresses my issue. If I've missed it, please let me know!
One of the issues facing the business I'm in is how to shift the culture to one that operates at pace.
I'm minded of a technique pioneered by Mark Forster - see - http://markforster.squarespace.com/
There's a technique I've found really helpful for my own productivity, which is to create an end effect.
The end effect is the burst of energy and focus we experience when we have a "real" deadline - we promised something to a client or our publisher or whatever and it's time to deliver!
Structuring one's time into a series of end effects can really improve productivity - having a defined rather than an undefined period of time in which to carry out a task. For example, five things need doing, so give each of them 30 mins each and whilst you're not working on the other four your sub-conscious mind is working on them in the background. Allocating only 30 mins to a longer task gets you into movement and is much less scary.
Sprints within Agile works similarly - the quality, resources and elapsed time are fixed and the scope of what gets done is the variable. Project work is prioritised for a given time box and a projection of what could get done is made and then what actually gets done versus the estimate is reviewed at the end of the time box together with what's been delivered.
It a given in Holacracy that we ask for a projection not a what-by-when commitment.
With any creative project - and my issue is with creative projects - there is no end to how long one could take - a book or a script etc. - can take a month, a year, ten years.
My experience is that to iterate towards a creative product is the best way - with do and review cycles sufficiently frequent to generate end effects but not so frequent that it diminishes creativity and quality.
Whilst in none of my roles can I direct work any longer, what's the Holacracy answer to encouraging end effects for individuals and circles?