I recently finished the book titled, “Beyond the Goal” by Eliyahu Goldratt. It was a companion sequel to his best-selling business novel titled, “The Goal”. “The Goal” introduced the world to Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints (TOC). “Beyond the Goal” digs deeper into many of the TOC concepts introduced in “The Goal”, reflects on the status of TOC acceptance and implementations world wide and provides guidance on how to implement TOC. On top of all that, I got a special bonus. He blew my mind and rocked my world three times. […]
“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” – Sir Ken Robinson [...]
The topic of risk management remains top of mind with many organizations today. Especially those moving to Agile ways of working. Self-organizing teams, faster time-to-market and happy customers? Great, but how are we managing and reducing risks? [...]
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." – Steve Jobs
What may ail servant-leaders in the long run may be the same thing that ails the spread of Agile ways in organizations – the clash of two worlds. The complacency and cynicism of the status quo world and the urgency and willingness of the new world. What we need are people like Max De Pree who have the courage and fortitude to challenge the status quo. It starts there.[...]
A common impediment I hear when introducing Agile ways into an organization is “I don’t have time for...(fill in the blank with any Agile related practice).” It’s a universal refrain from Agile neophyte managers and team members alike. It’s also a myth.
I'd like to share some thoughts that I believe support the claim in the title of this post. At least in the spirit of what an Agile way of working could mean. […]