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Agile Best-Practices


Marshmallows Reveal Secrets of Agile Teamwork vs Waterfall Teamwork

Marshmallows Reveal Secrets of Agile Teamwork vs Waterfall Teamwork

Yes, Marshmallows!  They can teach us a lot about agility and the difference between agile-teamwork and waterfall-teamwork (I have written a lot on this topic – read more here). To understand what Marshmallows can teach us about this, watch the video below (and consider playing the video with your group or leadership team – even better, consider playing the marshmallow ... Read More »


Chaos Is Not Your Problem! Your Relationship With It Is!

Chaos Is Not Your Problem!  Your Relationship With It Is!

When working with teams of all descriptions and, in particular, CEOs and their executive leadership teams, I help them explore the secrets of agility, understanding what it is and what it isn’t, to develop agile-teamwork. Teams who are able to: Anticipate Change Generate Confidence Initiate Action Liberate Thinking Evaluate Results In particular, I help them understand the day to day realities ... Read More »


Agile Teamwork – How do you Build Agile Teams?

Agile Teamwork – How do you Build Agile Teams?

I greatly enjoyed formulating my response to this question posted in LinkedIn:  Flexibility and agility are everything – how do you build agile teams?  Below is what I posted (which links to resources and newsletter articles at Agility Consulting & Training). —————- My favorite topic! I am the Team-Agility practice leader at Agility Consulting & Training: http://agilityconsulting.com/mike-richardson/ where two of ... Read More »


Agile Sustainability – How Sustainable is your Sustainability?

Agile Sustainability – How Sustainable is your Sustainability?

The nature of changed has changed (to a time compressed VUCA World) and with it, so has the challenge of sustainability.  The question we must all be asking these days is:  How Sustainable is our Sustainability? See Kim Gittleson’s article, “Can a Company Live Forever?” in which she says: The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 index ... Read More »


Agile Risk Management … like a Navy Seal

Agile Risk Management … like a Navy Seal

We live in a time-compressed VUCA world, in which the speed of business and pace of change are constantly accelerating, laced with the risks (and opportunities) of increasing turbulence, uncertainty and volatility. If this environment is not managed, it creates chaos. On the battlefield, Navy SEALs thrive in such chaos and uncertainty, and by learning from their experiences, business leaders ... Read More »


Agile Scenario Planning (Playing Chess with the Future with the Clock Ticking)

Agile Scenario Planning (Playing Chess with the Future with the Clock Ticking)

In an increasingly VUCA world, scenario-thinking and scenario-planning becomes increasingly crucial to be agile.  We need more agile approaches to scenario thinking and planning.  It’s like playing chess with the future with the clock ticking … increasingly quickly! Here are some resources to help you: McKinsey article:  Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Scenario Planning (June 2015) McKinsey article:  Strategy Under Uncertainty (June 2000 – ... Read More »


What It Takes to Get an A? (As a Champion of a Traction Plan Item)

What It Takes to Get an A? (As a Champion of a Traction Plan Item)

When I facilitate CEOs and their teams with Traction Planning, I love the part where I explain What-It-Takes-To-Get-An-A as a Champion of a Traction Plan Item.  I explain that we will be grading each other in our ongoing review cycle, self-grading first before they make their presentation and then their peers grading them after their presentation (anonymously using a voting-app or even ... Read More »


Agile Facilitation (of CEOs and their Executive Teams)

Agile Facilitation (of CEOs and their Executive Teams)

My favorite work is to facilitate CEOs and their executive teams to adopt a more agile approach to strategy, execution and traction on their desired trajectory of profitable growth for all.  It doesn’t get any better, influencing those who influence many.   Our core day unfolds with: Morning – Agility Workshop:  The WHY, WHAT, WHO, HOW/WHERE/WHEN of Agility. In particular, the ... Read More »


Breakthrough to an Agile Future: Yolanda Harris (CEO, The Keynote Group)

Breakthrough to an Agile Future:  Yolanda Harris (CEO, The Keynote Group)

Epiphany!  I have worked with Mike for quite a few years already and am very familiar with the work he does on agility with his colleagues in Agility Consulting & Training.  Not least of all, of course, I have heard him as a keynote speaker and seen him facilitating follow-up workshops (both of which are leading edge by the way).  I thought ... Read More »