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Monthly Archives: March 2017


Message for Groupe Sogebank

Message for Groupe Sogebank

Marvin Dejean, Senior Managing Partner, Gilead Sanders. Hello all – Gilead Sanders is proud to be facilitating your upcoming Board Retreat on April 21/22nd in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Mike Richardson and I look forward to spending these two days helping you develop a keen understanding of your strategic and tactical role as a board and how to best implement effective governance ... Read More »


Speaking in Amsterdam

Speaking in Amsterdam

Very special to be back in Amsterdam for a Keynote Speech.  I lived in Holland for 5 years aged 21-26, 1983-1988, working for Shell International as a Petroleum Engineer.  What a great experience.  What a delight to be back. Read More »


Speaking in San Diego

Speaking in San Diego

How cool, to be speaking in my own home town.  Spoke to 4 different audiences in 2 days.  Agility is a hot topic, heating up further! Read More »


Speaking in Cincinatti

Speaking in Cincinatti

Had a blast being back in Cincinatti. Read More »


Speaking in Cleveland

Speaking in Cleveland

Had a blast being back in the great city of Cleveland. Read More »


Agile Soccer – 9 Games (Sprints) of 10 Minutes Each – Lincoln City vs Arsenal FA Cup Quarter Final

Agile Soccer – 9 Games (Sprints) of 10 Minutes Each – Lincoln City vs Arsenal FA Cup Quarter Final

Lincoln City Football Club Coach Danny Cowley revealed that his team plan was to use a unique approach to Saturday’s FA Cup match against Arsenal by breaking the match into 9 different ten-minute games.  9 Sprints!  That’s Agile! He needed a different approach as Lincoln City Football Club is the first non-league club to make it to the FA Cup Quarter Final in 103 ... Read More »


Owning the Sky with Agile: Saab’s JAS39E Gripen Fighter Plane – Building a Jet Better, Faster, Cheaper with Scrum

Owning the Sky with Agile:  Saab’s JAS39E Gripen Fighter Plane – Building a Jet Better, Faster, Cheaper with Scrum

Great article about using Scrum/Agile in Saab for their JAS39 Gripen Fighter Plane (on which we provided the Auxillary Gearbox when I was a Sales & Marketing VP for Dowty Aerospace in the UK), especially for the latest variant, the JAS39E multi-role strike fighter. Downlaoid PDF here:  Owning the Sky with Agile The article cites the following benefits: Advanced military ... Read More »


Alan Mulally’s Automotive Hall of Fame Speech

Alan Mulally’s Automotive Hall of Fame Speech

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Agile/Scrum in Mechanical Product Development

Agile/Scrum in Mechanical Product Development

Here is a great downloadable PDF of an MSc Thesis studying “Scrum in Mechanical Product Development” which does a nice job outlining Agile/Scrum and bridging its application to mechanical product development, in its conclusion citing the following benefits: This study shows that using the Scrum framework for mechanical development teams can provide the following benefits: Increased co-operation and co-ordination. Increased ... Read More »


The Secret History of Agile Innovation – Agile Started with Hardware Not Software!

The Secret History of Agile Innovation – Agile Started with Hardware Not Software!

Updated March 2017. Most people assume that AGILE methodologies started with the software industry, the creation of The Agile Manifesto by a meeting of software gurus in 2001 and evolution of “Agile Software Development” thereafter (read more:  Waterfall vs Agile/Sprints/Scrum – Pivoting to the future of Agile-Teamwork), using that as support for their argument that AGILE doesn’t apply to hardware  companies. They would be ... Read More »