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Six Simple Rules – Book Circle Details

A Facilitated Book Circle about the Six Simple Rules Book with Peter Antman
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This is the detailed description of the facilitated book circle about Six Simple Rules.
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Six Simple Rules:
How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated

Yves Morieux, Peter Tollman

I read Six Simple Rules back in 2014 and it has been my companion since then. It was so refreshing to read a management book that did not once mention Agile or software development, but at the same time has something impactful to say on the way we organize software development on every page. The best way to start is to take a look at this short video.

When I first saw that video I was working as an agile coach at Spotify, and wrote to the community: 

“Such a great video, I will probably carry it with me forever, and I will have to investigate how it applies to, extends or threatens my own mental model. What I basically hear is this: true scalability is done through decentralization, and decentralization is (best) done via protocols (rules) and not system design. I personally was very inspired by the presentation, and firmly believe in organizational design more by protocols than by hierarchical structure and motivational therapy. And I also believe most modern organization needs to look deep into their own ‘hard’ and ‘soft organizational solutions, even at such a great company as this.”

Later I developed a 3 hour workshop based on the concepts in the book and I have run it as a highly appreciated book circle.


  • Session 1: Introduction – the increasing need to hande complexities in modern companies.
  • Session 2: Rule 1 –  Understand what your people do
  • Session 3: Rule 2 – Reinforce integrators
  • Session 4: Rule 3: Increase the total quantity of power
  • Session 5: Presentation & Workshop – the mysteries of cooperation
  • Session 6: Rule 4 – Increase reciprocity
  • Session 7: Rule 5 – Extends the shadow of the future
  • Session 8: Rule 6 – Reward those that cooperate
  • Session 9: Workshop – mapping the rules to our organization


  • Nine online or in room sessions, one hour each

  • Prepared slides and workshop material

  • Membership in We Are Movement Slack Community for discussions and follow up

  • Experienced expert and book circle facilitator

  • Certificate of participation


Number of sessions: 6-9 sessions at your office or online, on an agreed schedule.
Number of participants: 8 – 16 per circle
Price: 50.000 SEK for the whole book circle and all participants.

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Peter Antman

Peter Antman

Peter Antman has led and coached engineering organizations for the last 20+ years in different roles, the last five years as a Director of Engineering at Spotify. Peter’s passion is helping companies get really well at developing software based products through organizational improvements and leadership development. Peter is a well known expert on Agile, Lean and DevOps, has a background in the open source community, and a long track record as a software engineer and architect.

One of Sweden’s foremost and most experienced people in Agile development” – Peter Frey, CIO Expressen/CTO & CPO Betsson Group

Peter is the author of the book Tillsammans – så skapar du flyt och egenmakt med Agile och Lean (Together – the way to create flow and self governance with Agile and Lean), a frequent blogger and presenter.
He has been organizing book circles in different forms or shapes for most of his career. With Peter’s words: “Yet, over time it has been super hard to sustain them, at least for me. Until I tried a new method: facilitated sessions with prepared slides and workshops. A great way to learn together”. 


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