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Agile Manufacturing: The Secrets of Agility in Hardware Product Manufacturing Businesses

Agile Manufacturing:  The Secrets of Agility in Hardware Product Manufacturing Businesses

Two of my colleagues just finished a one week agility intensive with a client which designs and manufactures hardware products. Too many people assume that AGILE applies to software companies but not hardware companies.  Wrong!  AGILE Planes, Trains & Automobiles (and so much more!) Indeed, they assume AGILE started with software companies.  Wrong!  Agile Started with Hardware not Software!     Read More »


Agile Firing – Bill Ford Explains the Why Behind Mark Fields Departure as CEO of Ford

Agile Firing – Bill Ford Explains the Why Behind Mark Fields Departure as CEO of Ford

Just listen to Bill Ford’s explanation of why they parted company with Mark Fields as CEO and its a clear expression of a lack of Agility: Read headline summary at my Vistage Executive Street blog:  What to learn from the firing of Ford CEO Mark Fields revealing 3 insights into Agility: Insight 1:  Deliver an “And-Proposition” Insight 2:  Migrate Multiple Business Models ... Read More »


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My Colleague Nick Horney Speaking at Business Agility Conference

My Colleague Nick Horney Speaking at Business Agility Conference

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For Vistage Groups: Wheel$pin Issues & Issue Processing Template

For Vistage Groups:  Wheel$pin Issues & Issue Processing Template

Wheel$pin Issues are those on which we just can’t get Traction, no matter what we try.  We are spinning our wheels, burning rubber, creating noise, heat and dust, going nowhere fast. You are scheduled to bring your top Wheel$pin Issues to the group, for which the issue preparation and processing template is below.  Just fill in steps 1 and 2 ... Read More »


Keynote: The 5 Roles of Everyday AGILE Leaders

Keynote:  The 5 Roles of Everyday AGILE Leaders

  I love engaging audiences in the Secrets of Agility and asking them if they are an AGILE Leadership Presence of a FRAGILE Leadership Presence?  We explore: The Question of my career: “WHY, despite all of our investments in developing our businesses, do we still experience much more Wheel$pin than we should, which costs us a fortune and possibly our ... Read More »


Agile is Coming of Age

Agile is Coming of Age

For 16 years already, since 2001, my colleagues and I have been turning up the volume saying that agile is progressively going mainstream.  The Biggest Agile Startup on Earth: GE Beliefs & FastWorks … www.agilitycode.com 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 ... Read More »


Agility in Deep Water?

Agility in Deep Water?

On an offshore oil and gas drilling rig, “hope is not a strategy”.  That is a key line from the movie “Deepwater Horizon”, the story of the BP Gulf Oil Spill.  Myself and two of my best friends know that well as 30 years ago we all worked on offshore drilling rigs for Shell International. Vince Holtam (who is my best ... Read More »


Working Together 3.0 (AGILE Working Together) – an afternoon with Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford

Working Together 3.0 (AGILE Working Together) – an afternoon with Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in Seattle when I pulled onto his drive.  These days his wife and he spend their time divided between summers in Seattle and the winters in Scottsdale Arizona.  As I was driving the rental car from the airport, I regretted not having the presence of mind at the Hertz rental depot to ask for a Ford, ... Read More »


Fail Early, Fail Small, Fail Often

Fail Early, Fail Small, Fail Often

Agile Executives know that the secret to success bigger, faster, cheaper is to fail early, small and often. Read More »