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  • Jonathan Smart on Organizing for Outcomes - DOES 2022

    Jonathan Smart shares patterns and anti-patterns to help organzations organize for business value and outcomes. He recommended focusing on “Better”, which is quality, “Value”, “Sooner”, which is time to learning and time to value, “Safer”, which is minimal viable compliance, and “Happier”, which is happier customers, colleagues, citizens, and climate.

  • Patterns and Antipatterns of Business Agility

    At a recent WellyBam event the authors of the book Sooner, Safer, Happier shared the key ideas and explained the patterns and antipatterns of business agility adoption they have found through working on transformation in a wide range of organisations.

  • Agile Companies Have Higher Employee Engagement

    The Business Agility Institute has released a whitepaper which summarises research into employee engagement. They concluded that high levels of employee engagement has a direct correlation with greater talent attraction and retention, innovation, profitability and production. They also show that organisations with high levels of agile maturity have a 25% higher Glassdoor rating.

  • Collaborative Decision-Making in Self-Organizing Teams

    Giving people the opportunity to express their full potential in self-organizing teams is the best way to make an organization thrive today, argued Lorenzo Massacci. At Agile Business Day 2019, he presented how teams that organize themselves can continuously make decisions effectively and efficiently.

  • The Traits of an Agile Nation

    Dr Rashina Hoda gave a TEDx talk in which she reflected on New Zealand’s response to the terror attacks of March 15, 2019. She described how the response showed the traits of an agile society, and presented a view of the agile manifesto values as an inspiration for societal change towards humanism and collaboration.

  • How Statistical Forecasting Can Help You Trust Your Data and Drive Business Agility

    Statistical forecasting is a highly effective way to improve delivery predictions and avoid some traditional estimation problems. In a case study from AgileByExample 2018, by Piotr Leszczynski, he says it can also help you understand and trust your data more, and drive improvements in business agility.

  • Highlights from JAFAC 2019 - Day 1: Leadership, Disruption, Ethics, and Social Good

    JAFAC (Just Another F&#k!ng Agile Conference) 2019 was held in Wellington, New Zealand on 5 and 6 September, 2019. The conference brings different voices to the fore, avoiding the usual suspects, and also highlighting ways that agile ideas are being applied in a wide variety of contexts. Important themes that emerged were leadership, disruption, ethics and the application of tech for social good

  • Effectiveness or Efficiency: Agile Shouldn't Feel Like a Fight

    Have you ever felt like the “agile” you’re advocating for is completely different from the “agile” your organisation or managers wants? If so, you need to stop and reassess, argued Tony O'Halloran in his talk at Agile Business Day 2019. Having a mismatch in these fundamental goals causes stress and anxiety in change agents and can put you in an isolating and lonely place professionally.

  • How to Become Customer-Focused with Autonomous Teams

    Traditional organizations are often suffering from ineffective ways of working and structures not allowing the people to collaborate in a structured way. Organizations need to find ways to enable brain power in cross-functional and autonomous teams that are able to deliver products and services with expected business impact faster, said Mia Kolmodin, founder of Dandy People.

  • Uncovering Sustainable and Scalable Solutions for Digital Transformations

    Using the term “digital transformation” limits our change approach to traditional linear management techniques which are ineffective in dealing with today’s organizational complexity. We need to focus on understanding the context and the organization’s inner working to come up with sustainable and scalable solutions for organizational change.

  • DOES London: RBS' Jennifer Wood on Conquering the Abyss and Rebirth

    Jennifer Wood’s talk, ‘Our Heroes’ Journey to Agility’, opened the proceedings at this year’s DevOps Enterprise Summit in London. Wood first spoke at the conference last year, with her ‘The Art of Scaling Agile and DevOps’ and took the opportunity to build on the journey she is witnessing at RBS in her role as chief operating officer.

  • How the Agile Business Consortium Leveraged Agility to Hire Their New Chief Executive

    At the Business Agility Conference, held in March 2019, Geof Ellingham, chair of the Agile Business Consortium, presented why and how they hired their new chief executive, John Mark Williams, leveraging Agile principles and practices. Ellingham reviewed why old ways of hiring are inefficient for the way companies need to operate and described hiring techniques aligned with Agile.

  • Enterprise Agility in the Norwegian Government

    The Norwegian Labor and Welfare Directorate wanted to transform their IT department to be able to deliver value continuously and deliver faster, in line with users' ever-increasing expectations. Torill Iversen, director, and Kjell Tore Guttormsen, team lead, spoke about how they went from bureaucracy to enterprise agility at the Atlassian Summit Europe 2018.

  • Build Agility with Design Sprints

    Design sprints can be a powerful vehicle for challenging traditional ways-of-working that that hamstring business agility. Teams can solve challenging business and customer problems in incredibly creative, exciting and valuable ways, and as a group they are collectively more willing to kill bad ideas early.

  • Enabling Individual Growth for Business Value at Tangible

    When a company starts to grow, working together is not enough for new people to learn the culture. For competence growth and for developing their culture, Tangible organizes workshops, internal days of knowledge exchange, hosted events and training, and evening activities, and assigns mentors for new people. This helps them to align individual values and intentions with the corporate vision.