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Agile Best-Practices


Is Your Innovation Agile Enough?

Is Your Innovation Agile Enough?

Innovation, most would agree, is the secret of sustained success. But maintaining innovation for the long haul is hard. Just look at companies like Blackberry and Sony, who used to be among the most innovative companies on the planet and now aren’t.  What caused these companies to fall? Their approach to innovation wasn’t agile enough.  Read more here in my ... Read More »


AGILE Airline: Qantas

AGILE Airline:  Qantas

As reported by the BBC:  Qantas airline soars to record profit after restructuring in which they quote CEO Alan Joyce: Transformation has made us a more AGILE business, created value for our shareholders and given us a platform to invest for the future.  (Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce) Read More »


Where Will We Play and How Will We Win?

Where Will We Play and How Will We Win?

In his book with A.G. Lafley, “Playing to Win:  How Strategy Really Works” Roger Martin outlines the 5 Strageic Choices, saying: Great strategy is critical to the success of every organization.  That notwithstanding, most managers find strategy to be more complicated, arduous and ineffectual than either they would wish or is productive for their organizations. It doesn’t have to be ... Read More »


What do you do when there is Silence in your Daily Meeting?

What do you do when there is Silence in your Daily Meeting?

Question: In your Daily Meeting, what do you do when there is silence, that nothing has changed from the day before and the day before that and so on? If you have heard me speak, you will know that I bring the big topic and concept of agility down to the central element of meetings, sharing follow-up resources: The Top 10 Tips ... Read More »


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 »


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 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 »


The Biggest Agile Startup on Earth: GE Beliefs & FastWorks

The Biggest Agile Startup on Earth:  GE Beliefs & FastWorks

When the big dogs weigh in, you know something big is happening!  They don’t come much bigger than GE, which makes everything from aircraft engines to washing machines! If you thought Agile was just for software companies, departments or functions, in the form of “Agile Software Development”, or start-ups, in the form of “Lean Startup” (my translation = “Agile Startup”) and ... Read More »


New Research Study Begins to Reveal the Criticality of Agile-Decision-Making (and that Most Organizations Struggle with the Challenge)

New Research Study Begins to Reveal the Criticality of Agile-Decision-Making (and that Most Organizations Struggle with the Challenge)

The inaugural VUCA Report (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) reveals that the most challenging element of agility which most organizations struggle with is decision making.  Tough at the best of times. in an increasingly VUCA world, decision making must become more agile: The report’s VUCA-Index is 69.57/100 (respondents predict increasing VUCA in the future)  The report’s respondents assess their Decision-Making capability as ... Read More »