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Agile Principles for Non-Agile Leaders


The Marshmallow Challenge – Carribbean Night Vision edition!

The Marshmallow Challenge – Carribbean Night Vision edition!

With the board of a bank, after dinner, we did the Marshmallow Challenge.  Everyone had a blast.  The following morning we debriefed and then played the video here:  Marshmallows Reveal Secrets of Agile Teamwork vs Waterfall Teamwork. They really got it, understanding how easily and unconsciously we default into “Waterfall”, burning too much time building tall spaghetti structures, without testing & verifying as ... Read More »


Changing Your Relationship with Failure and Fear

Changing Your Relationship with Failure and Fear

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“Waterfall” vs Agile Investments (Never Fire Un-Calibrated Cannonballs, Fire Bullets First)

“Waterfall” vs Agile Investments (Never Fire Un-Calibrated Cannonballs, Fire Bullets First)

In his last book, Great by Choice,  Jim Collins epitomizes “Waterfall” vs Agile with his concept of never firing un-calibrated cannonballs, fire bullets first! Firing an un-calibrated cannonball is “Waterfall”.  Firing bullets is Agile.  Fire a bullet.  Miss, 45 degrees off.  Adjust.  Fire a bullet.  Miss, 25 degrees off.  Adjust.  Fire a bullet.  Miss, 5 degrees off. What does your ... Read More »


Miraculous “Waterfall” Plan vs Agile Plan

Miraculous “Waterfall” Plan vs Agile Plan

Yep, that just about sums it up.  Waterfall Planning is so prone to disastrous failure it takes the assumption of some kind of miracle to keep it on track!  See also: “Waterfall” Product Development vs Agile Product Development“ “Waterfall” Planning vs AGILE Planning Read More »


“Waterfall” Product Development vs Agile Product Development

“Waterfall” Product Development vs Agile Product Development

I also love this cartoon.  Below is the full version: It really does capture the disaster that “waterfall” Product Development can become!  Agile Product Development is much more likely to get what the customer really wanted much better, faster and cheaper for all.  Read more: Waterfall vs Agile/Sprints/Scrum – Pivoting to the future of Agile-Teamwork Marshmallows Reveal Secrets of Agile Teamwork vs Waterfall ... Read More »


“Waterfall” Planning vs AGILE Planning

“Waterfall” Planning vs AGILE Planning

I love these 2 cartoons as they really do capture the pivotal difference between a “waterfall” mindset and an agile mindset so succinctly.  Read more: Waterfall vs Agile/Sprints/Scrum – Pivoting to the future of Agile-Teamwork Marshmallows Reveal Secrets of Agile Teamwork vs Waterfall Teamwork Fail Early, Fail Small, Fail Often “Waterfall” executives believe they can do something complex without experiencing ... Read More »


Has Your Leadership Changed with Change? (Pivot to AGILE)

Has Your Leadership Changed with Change?  (Pivot to AGILE)

Leadership and management have always been about change.  But has you leadership changed with change? In an increasingly VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) world, our leadership challenge has become a real-time unfolding flow of change as a dynamic journey on a shifting landscape in a constant state of flux.  Increasingly quickly, in a time compressed way, accelerating exponentially!  We have evolved ... Read More »


Fixing Bulbs AND Flying the Plane!

Fixing Bulbs AND Flying the Plane!

Agile Leaders understand that sustained success requires an AND-Proposition of working “in” your business/journey and “on” your business/journey all at the same time.  Unfortunately, that day in that cockpit that Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crew forgot that, paying the ultimate price. Their leadership presence lapsed from Agile to Fragile. What’s Your Leadership Presence?  Agile or Fragile? To be an Agile leadership ... 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 (and so much more!)

AGILE Planes, Trains & Automobiles (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 »