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. […]
Start with why? Absolutely yes. But don’t stop there. “Why” isn't enough. “Why” is only part of the story. A good story has a beginning and an end. A coherent “Why” bridges the gap between start and finish. [...]
One of my favourite Agile principles is "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential." When introducing Agile ways of working into an organization, you can either wrestle with a raging bull or work like an assiduous ant. Go small or stall. […]