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Agile Best-Practices


How is you Social Media Strategy? Miro Copic speaking at my Networking Group

How is you Social Media Strategy?  Miro Copic speaking at my Networking Group

Let’s face it, you can easily be a busy-fool with social media these days.  Lots of activity but not a lot of desired outcomes.  At my networking group the other day, one of our members and world class branding, marketing and media expert, Miro Copic of BottomLine Marketing, decluttered the topic for us and helped us chart of path of more ... Read More »


What the Sex Pistols Can Teach You about Marketing! Awesome UK Vistage Speaker Grant Leboff .

What the Sex Pistols Can Teach You about Marketing!  Awesome UK Vistage Speaker Grant Leboff .

Accomplished UK Vistage speaker Grant Leboff spoke to all 4 of my Vistage Groups last week in San Diego/Temecula Valley and they LOVED him.  Who knew how much you could learn about marketing in a modern world from the Sex Pistols!  Agile Marketing too … in only 2.5 years (forming in 1975 and disbanding in 1978), only producing 4 singles ... Read More »


Agile Meetings: Stop the Meeting Madness

Agile Meetings:  Stop the Meeting Madness

Great article in this month’s Harvard Business Review:  Stop the Meeting Madness.  I couldn’t agree more, Agile Meetings are at the heart of your Enterprise Agility.  Here are some of the headlines from the article: In our interviews with hundreds of executives, in fields ranging from high tech and retail to pharmaceuticals and consulting, many said they felt overwhelmed by ... Read More »


Agile Decision Making: Shot-Clock and Clock-Speed

Agile Decision Making: Shot-Clock and Clock-Speed

In the last month we have heard two expressions from Ford which get the heart of Agility: “Clock-Speed”:  “We need to speed up our decision making … the clock-speed of our competitors requires us to make decisions at a faster pace. If we’re going to win in this new world, we need to break down the hierarchy, and we have ... Read More »


The Importance of Being Agile (Board Agility/Agile Boards)

The Importance of Being Agile (Board Agility/Agile Boards)

This quarter’s NYSE Corporate Board Member Magazine has a cover article entitled, “The Importance of Being AGILE” (read here). The headlines are: “The current wave of uncertainty, combined with the breakneck speed of technological change, means public company boards must be nimble and able to retool strategy more quickly than ever before.”  My Translation:  Indeed, we live in an accelerating world ... Read More »


What Great CEOs Do Differently – #1: Agile Decision Making

What Great CEOs Do Differently – #1:  Agile Decision Making

This month’s Harvard Business Review captures the agility challenge for CEOs, Executives and their teams these days –   What Great CEOs Do Differently (May-June 2017), resulting from a 10 year study called the CEO Genome Project, identifying the specific attributes that differentiate high-performing CEOs. Our most important discovery was that successful chief executives tend to demonstrate four specific behaviors that ... Read More »


Great Working Again with my good friend Marvin Dejean (Emerging Thought Leader on Design Thinking)

Great Working Again with my good friend Marvin Dejean (Emerging Thought Leader on Design Thinking)

Great to be working again with my good friend Marvin Dejean who is an emerging thought-leader on design thinking, which goes hand in hand with agile-thinking:  The Focused, Fast & Flexible Manifesto. In particular, we are working together with more and more Boards to help them be an AGILE Board. 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 »


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 »