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Monthly Archives: April 2016


Are You Embracing Agile Yet? (Harvard Business Review Article May 2016)

Are You Embracing Agile Yet? (Harvard Business Review Article May 2016)

Are you embracing Agile yet?  This May 2016 HBR (Harvard Business Review) article Embracing Agile is joining the our chorus urging you to do so.  Indeed, look at the accumulating list of articles about Agile in HBR.  Here are some of the headlines from this latest article:   Agile innovation methods have revolutionized information technology. Over the past 25 to 30 years they have ... Read More »


Agility Masters: Alan Mulally

Agility Masters:  Alan Mulally

When identifying leaders who I want to include here as masters, I look for and listen for those who have accessed the higher-order and deeper-order mindsets, skillsets and toolsets of their agile-leadership-presence, to develop the team-agility and organizational-agility required to prevail.  There is no better example than … Alan Mulally We were blessed to have Alan Mulally speak at our Vistage San Diego ... Read More »


Honorary Vistage Member: Alan Mulally

Honorary Vistage Member:  Alan Mulally

We made a memory the other day.  Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford) joined my Vistage CEO Group as an honorary member for an afternoon executive session.  Unforgettable!  We made a huge memory the members and I will never forget.  It was a bucket list item for me as Alan has been a hero of mine for many years: Before becoming ... Read More »


“Working-Together” Meets Agility

“Working-Together” Meets Agility

How cool was that?!  I was comparing notes with Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford) the other afternoon in my Vistage CEO Group (Honorary Vistage Member:  Alan Mulally) and we met at the intersection of “Working Together” and “Agility”.  Not surprisingly!  “Working-Together” is the philosophy and approach Alan took in turning around Ford – a combination of principles and practices for building skilled ... Read More »


Agile Meetings … are at the heart of your Enterprise Agility!

Agile Meetings … are at the heart of your Enterprise Agility!

I know, I know … you are so disappointed to hear that!  You were hoping something else would be at the heart of agility … so that you could avoid one of the least productive elements in the infrastructure of any business … MEETINGS! Seriously?  Yes!  Like it or lump it, meetings are the back bone of our agility as ... Read More »


AGILE Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Buildings and so much more!

AGILE Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Buildings and so much more!

I am on a mission to collect more and more examples of companies, teams and leaders who are institutionalizing agile elements into the way they develop, sell and support their products and run their businesses, no matter what kind of industry and business they are in and whatever kind of product they make. All part of helping leaders understand that ... Read More »


AGILE is the new LEAN! GE Invests Massively to Pivot from LEAN to AGILE

AGILE is the new LEAN!  GE Invests Massively to Pivot from LEAN to AGILE

No one invested more massively in LEAN than GE.  Now they are investing massively to pivot from LEAN to AGILE.  Because AGILE is the new LEAN!  Their sustained share-price performance depends upon it.  See:  The Biggest Agile Startup on Earth: GE Beliefs & FastWorks I know, I know, you’re thinking, hang-on, its says, “Lean Startup”, so isn’t this still LEAN?  ... Read More »


LEAN + Startup = AGILE

LEAN + Startup = AGILE

Lean Startup and Agile Software Development/Agile Project Management are pretty synonymous.  Indeed, when I speak, I reference Eric Ries’ book, “Lean Startup” saying you can really cross out the word “Lean” and insert the word “Agile” because that’s what he is really talking about.  For more see: Harvard Business Review: Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything for which some of the headlines are: Lean ... Read More »


Agile San Diego

Agile San Diego

How will minimum wage increases effect your business?  Or whether the Chargers stay of go?  Or the drought, water conservancy and water prices?  These are questions which have to be on our minds if we are to anticipate the future and proactively respond accordingly. These questions and many more arise out of VUCA.  First articulated widely by the U.S. Army ... Read More »


“Agile HR” Oxymoron? Not Anymore!

“Agile HR” Oxymoron?  Not Anymore!

Some might have asserted that Agile and HR don’t belong in the same sentence, as they are an oxymoron (you know the kind of thing, such as  “military intelligence”).  Not me, as I have always believed and spoken about HR being a co-pilot to the CEO of equal stature to the CFO. Oxymoron no more, because the evidence is mounting and ... Read More »