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Agile Best-Practices


AGILE Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors

AGILE Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors

There are more and more examples of Boards (or the lack of Boards) being part of an enterprise’s Fragility problem not its Agility solution.   This was the topic of a 2017 NYSE Corporate Board Member Magazine article:  The Importance of Being Agile (Board Agility/Agile Boards) One of the most shocking recent examples being GE:  Who’s Been Asleep at the ... Read More »


AGILE Scrum Meetings at Online Trading Academy

AGILE Scrum Meetings at Online Trading Academy

Great post about daily/weekly scrum meetings we started having at Online Trading Academy in their monthly newsletter.  It was the first thing I put in place at the front of the on-ramp to an even more AGILE future.  I am having a blast working with such a great team, such a great business and such a great founder/entrepreneur.  The case-study ... Read More »


Recession-Ready & Depression-Dexterous?

Recession-Ready & Depression-Dexterous?

Are you ready to play chess with your economic future, with the dexterity required?  We just had our 2018 San Diego Vistage Executive Summit with an economic update from Alan Beaulieu, one of our favorite economists who we follow in the Vistage Community – The Beaulieu Brothers of ITR Economics. Here are the headlines I heard: Slowdown in the second ... Read More »


Recession Ready Plans ABCDEF

Recession Ready Plans ABCDEF

My Vistage members still talk about the Recession-Ready work I had them do back in 2006/7 after we heard from our Vistage economists who we follow that something big was coming, which turned into what we now call the “Great Recession”.   When do most people react to a recession?  Day 1 of a recession!  Which means it’s day 181 ... Read More »


Life’s Work: An Interview with Deepak Chopra

Life’s Work: An Interview with Deepak Chopra

Great interview with Deepak Chopra in the Harvard Business Review:  Life’s Work: An Interview with Deepak Chopra.  Headlines are: I give them [leaders] the opportunity to reflect on important questions: Who am I? Why do I think I exist? What is my purpose? What does a meaningful relationship mean to me, both professionally and personally? What is my contribution? What ... Read More »


AGILE at Scale: How to Create a Truly Flexible Organization

AGILE at Scale:  How to Create a Truly Flexible Organization

Great cover article in this month’s Harvard Business Review:  AGILE at Scale: How to Create a Truly Flexible Organization Headlines are: In today’s tumultuous markets, where established companies are furiously battling assaults from start-ups and other insurgent competitors, the prospect of a fast-moving, adaptive organization is highly appealing. But as enticing as such a vision is, turning it into a ... Read More »


AGILE Branding

AGILE Branding

Great article on the architecture of a positioning statement using Harley Davidson as an example: Positioning statements and taglines: Crafting the foundation of your brand strategy. Template What: The only [category] How: that [differentiation characteristic] Who: for [customer] Where: in [geographic location] Why: who [need state] When: during [underlying trend] Example – Harley Davidson used this to determine their positioning ... Read More »


Lean Agile Cloud: Explained by Rob Brown

Lean Agile Cloud:  Explained by Rob Brown

Rob Brown presented to our networking group this week an update on Digital Transformation, the Cloud and the resulting Enterprise Agility which can be achieved.  But, often not that cost effectively, with an awful lot of waste. Rob specializes on helping enterprises lean out their cloud strategies to achieve the same levels of agility at much lower costs, creating ROI ... Read More »


On Trend: The Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers & Free Agent nation

On Trend:  The Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers & Free Agent nation

Back in 2001 Dan Pink popularized the term, “Free Agent Nation” when he published his book of the same name, “Free Agent Nation:  The Future of Working For Yourself”.  I read this book as I was taking the leap from the corporate world in the spring of 2002, aged 39, becoming a free agent myself to pursue a portfolio career. ... Read More »


Traction Planning with a Team of 50 People. Awesome!

Traction Planning with a Team of 50 People.  Awesome!

Love doing “Traction Planning” with teams.  Had 50 people in this session and it went GREAT! “Traction Planning” is an AGILE approach to Strategy and Execution and translating everything into Traction with the AGILITY required to be avoiding Wheel-Spin.  Its about triaging the path of least resistance and highest reward in traction on your desired trajectory of profitable growth. In ... Read More »