Recorded by Dave Prior

One of the things you need for Agile practices to deliver on their promise is a fully dedicated team of people working together to deliver value in a predictable manner. What we want is a high-performing, learning team that can consistently make and meet commitments.

But what if that isn’t an option? …

In today’s environment, organizations are striving for business Agility, or else they risk being put out of business. This makes it imperative that Business and IT work together in a solid partnership based on trust. It is not a tenable position to say ‘just trust us’ when the conditions necessary to build trustworthy systems and teams are non-existent.

In today’s blog, a continuation of the first in this two-part series, we’ll talk about building trust and influence, and initiating the trust-influence loop. As we mentioned in the previous blog, our strong point of view is that the Business should go…

Written by Jeff McGlaun, Tina Wang, and John Williams

I walked into the conference room to meet with the VP of enterprise Agile Transformation. It’s been three weeks since I joined a team of highly experienced Agile coaches. As the newest person on the ground, I was looking forward to getting to know the ‘Boss’ better so I could, along with the team, deliver the outcomes we were committed to delivering.

“Good morning,” the VP said in a brisk tone. As someone who had coached people for a living, I immediately sensed something was amiss. Without the usual smile and…

Written by Brian Sondergaard

The world of Agile has continued to evolve for decades, and many businesses are achieving legitimate business Agility. I’ve been testing out a short definition of “Business Agility”… what do you think?

True business Agility is about creating value and achieving better business outcomes. It’s not about adopting a process or methodology, but rather about getting clear on what your customers need and how you’re going to optimize your organization to create the greatest possible value for them.

It’s about having the ability to measure progress and make economic trade-offs that optimize value — even as…

Written by Stephanie Davis

In the first blog in this series, we explored Habit 1 — Be Proactive of Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We concluded that a company’s choice to pursue an Agile Transformation is a proactive response to their circumstances that powerfully affects their effectiveness and ultimately their success. Continuing on with the exploration of how the 7 Habits apply to Agile Transformation, let’s take a look at Habit 2 — Begin With The End In Mind.

HABIT 2: Begin With the End in Mind

Habit 2 is ultimately the culmination of continuous value-centered visualization. This becomes deeply visceral from the…

Written by Joel Norman

This title probably attracted two types of people — people who are wondering what the role of the ancient practice of martial arts has in organizational change management. No, this is not about conflict resolution.

The second group of people are those involved in change management, and already understand a Dojo is an immersive learning environment that focuses on upskilling teams and producing products.

Dojos are successful because they create localized clearings and conditions that limit the broader organization’s influence and focus on maximizing learning. …

Written by Rachel Howard

I always felt that a big part of the enjoyment of work is the people I get to work with. The day-to-day fellowship, water cooler conversations, lunches out, and drinks after work may seem small at the time, but those organic side chats with coworkers offer insight into one another’s lives and create connections that often become strong friendships-friends that understand a huge part of your world because they live it with you. If you’re lucky, these coworkers become your trusted comrade(s) in arms as you slay the corporate beast, create the best product, or design…

Recorded by Dave Prior

Many organizations of all sizes have been publicly experimenting with Dojos — immersive learning environments adopted from ancient martial arts practices — that focus on upskilling teams and producing products. In this week’s podcast, our guest Joel Norman shares his thoughts and experiences related to Dojos, including what makes them successful, common challenges uncovered when running Dojos, and why they may not be the ticket to Transformation many organizations hope they’ll be.

To read more, check out Joel’s recent blog that expands on this topic here.

Contacting Joel

Contacting Dave Prior

If you’d like to…

Written by Jim Cundiff

Last month was Women’s History Month-a reminder to focus our attention on the many achievements women have made over the course of American history.

My three-year-old granddaughter has a number of favorite books that she likes me to read to her. One is a story about Helen Keller. Most of us know the chronicle of Helen Keller’s life or at least we are familiar with the impact she made advocating for the blind as well as her many other humanitarian efforts.

Helen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880. Just months before her second birthday, a…

Written by Joel Norman

When you no longer work with an employee, you often become friends. This was a conversation with my friend Mark about his new role as a software leader in a billion-dollar organization.

Congratulations on your new role as a leader in a technology organization, I am glad I could connect you to the role. It is my goal that this email can assist you at a high level of discovering and visualizing the changes that need to be made and providing a high-level approach to technical remediation with your teams.

I want to caution you; this…


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