The Principles of Agile Planning

Strategy Driven

Agile methodology has taken the IT industry by the storm, and now it’s spreading to other sectors. Scaling Agile in enterprise-level environments is a daunting task. They’ve paved the way and left many proven practices and principles of Agile in their wake.

How Agile Are You?

Rich Gee Group

To succeed you need to be flexible, innovate, and be agile. The phrase OODA loop refers to the decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act — the approach favors agility over raw power in dealing with human opponents in any endeavor. The post How Agile Are You?

Management Agility

Coaching Tip

Their book, "ACCELERATING PERFORMANCE: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility" demonstrates a research-backed approach to how organizations and leaders can drive transformation in a highly disruptive, ever-changing world. Source: Colin Price: Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility. "Warm and fuzzy" works well for internet memes--not for management advice. .

Business Agility Is Really About Adaptability

N2Growth Blog

Most of my clients these days are seeking help in developing strategies that will enable them to become more agile and quick. But, many struggle to embrace the deeper implications of what that really means to build business agility. To close, business agility is about adaptability.

The ”New Normal” For The C-Suite – Learning Agile Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

The New Normal: Learning Agile Leaders Who Operate At The Enterprise Level These are real CEOs from real companies across vastly different industries, with different business models and different profit motives. Learning agile leaders really like this stuff.

Agile Strategizing

Coaching Tip

A key task for agile leaders is to build the organization's capacity to act over the short, medium and long term: Closing the implementation gap requires a strategizing approach, building momentum for change by making decisions and involving and enabling the teams who will implement them. Source: Linda Holbeche: The Agile Organization: How to Build an Innovative, Sustainable and Resilient Business.

If Your Business isn’t Agile, You Won’t Have a Future. It’s That Simple

Great Leadership By Dan

So rapid is the pace of new developments, and so diverse the forms of competition, that many large corporations struggle to be agile enough to compete. Not surprisingly, the need for organizational agility sits high on executive agendas everywhere.

Organizational Agility

Coaching Tip

. . . In this new reality, organizations are going to need to change how they change, to increase their organizational agility, to increase the flexibility of the organization, to create a culture of continuous change and simultaneously inhibit the appearance and for growth of the aforementioned change gaps. One way to do handle these challenges is to take a more agile approach to change.

New Book Announcement: Becoming Agile

Eric Jacobson

The new book, Becoming Agile: How the SEAM Approach to Management Builds Adaptability illustrates the process of becoming an agile organization. Becoming Agile Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership

How Agile Project Management Can Improve Your B2B Business

Strategy Driven

Agile project management can seem to be complex and daunting to undertake but it doesn’t need to be. As such, agile management can be extremely beneficial for B2B businesses. Agile management will take project management one step further.

Agility, Daily Standups And Delighting Customers

Eric Jacobson

My two favorite learnings from Stephen Denning ’s new book, The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming theWay Work Gets Done , are the following: First, where Denning explains the 10 elements of an organization/company that is passionate about, and driven by, the goal of delighting customers. He explains the power of this daily practice at successfully agile companies: “In a daily standup, teams hold brief daily meetings to share progress and identify impediments for removal.

Making Sense of Speed, Agility and Innovation

Leading Blog

Or what about being more “agile.” Agile was originally a software technique, meant to shorten software development times and make the development team more accountable to customer needs. From there, everyone is adopting the concept of “agile.” There’s agile marketing, introduced by thought leaders at CMG. Can agile help you win more? In truth, factors like speed, agility and innovation aren’t all that valuable by themselves.

How to Keep Your Team Agile and Aligned Under Pressure

Strategy Driven

As a leader, you are constantly trying to maximize the magical effort to effectiveness equation (a.k.a. efficiency). You can see this play out in your daily operations and ultimately in the P&L.

Agility: 8 Pillars For Building Self Organizing Teams


Last week, I was invited to speak as a panelist at Agile Carnival, Chandigarh where I expressed my thoughts on Agile as a method and as a mindset. Agility in our approaches is one of the most potent ways to deal with the challenges of a constantly changing world.

This is Critical to Building an Agile, Change Adaptive Organization

The Practical Leader

The post This is Critical to Building an Agile, Change Adaptive Organization appeared first on The Clemmer Group. “Workers are more adaptive and optimistic about the future than their leaders recognize.”

3 Strategies that Minimize Hierarchy and Maximize Speed and Agility

Leadership Freak

Bodies are agile. Organizational leaders try to increase speed and agility by removing layers from pyramids. Think of organizations as human bodies, not hierarchical pyramids. Pyramids house the dead. But removing layers –… Continue reading → Communication Culture Success Teams Leadership Development Organizational Development organizational success

Size And Stability Are Trumped By Quickness And Agility

Eric Jacobson

Size and stability are trumped by quickness and agility,” add authors Arthur Yeung and Dave Ulrich.

Agile leadership: what it is and how to get it


There is a term for people that learn and are able to capitalize on it: “learning agility” Leaders who are agile learners are quick thinking, decisive, curious, intuitive and take (what others might call) risks. Agile leaders are exactly what we need in our organizations that are getting bigger, flatter, and more complex. Be reflective: Set aside time daily to reflect about what you’re learning in your quest to become more agile with your new experiences.

Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Jon Younger is founding partner of the Agile Talent Collaborative (and partner emeritus at the RBL Group where he established the firm’s HR transformation practice. He is the author of 5 books including the new Agile Talent: How… Read More Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris.

Management fad or evidence-based practices: Do agility and agile frameworks such as SCRUM add value?

CQ Net - Management skills for everyone!

Have you already completed your organization’s agile transformation? Agility and agile frameworks such as SCRUM are the new Holy Grail for private and public sector organizations. Where do you apply SCRUM in your organization?

Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Jon Younger is founding partner of the Agile Talent Collaborative (and partner emeritus at the RBL Group where he established the firm’s HR transformation practice. He is the author of 5 books including the new Agile Talent: How… Read More Jon Younger and Norm Smallwood on “Agile Talent”: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris.

Building Agile Organizations: Adapting Faster


Making your organization a well-oil machine, that operates faster and more efficiently, is something every business has been after for years. Here’s how to do it. Today’s post is by Maureen Metcalf, a principle here at thoughtLEADERS. Many organizations feel the need to be thinner, faster, stronger, more adaptable, more profitable, etc. The right toolset […]. This is only the beginning of the thought. Please click the article headline above or go to [link] for more.

Friday Fun – LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership #408 #ff

Rapid BI

LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership. A little something before the weekend: Friday Fun – LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership #408 #ff This cartoon has been produced by Jon Carter with thanks. The post Friday Fun – LEAN working, Agile, and proactive leadership #408 #ff appeared first on RapidBI. cartoon #funfriday agile working cartertoon

Agility and Mindfulness – You Need Both


Agility perfectly describes what’s needed for you to survive and thrive. Being responsive just isn’t enough… you need to be agile. The dictionary describes agility as “nimbleness”; my own spin on the word is that it includes being responsive and mindful. You can only be truly agile when you are truly mindful. It takes a mindfulness to be an agile leader; in order to respond to what is happening around you, you must be present to it.

Applying Toyota Kata to Agile Retrospectives

Curious Cat

Related: Toyota Kata Song – The Times They Are Changing (2011) – Agile Software Development and Deming Management Ideas – Webcast on the Toyota Development Process – Future Directions for Agile Management (2008).

Agile 360?s Radical Leap

Steve Farber

Agile360 (a division of Entisys Solutions) has woven the principles of Extreme Leadership –Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof–into their physical space and company culture in a deeply significant way.

126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

Engaging Leader

Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations. Holacracy revolutionizes how a company is structured, how decisions are made, and how authority is distributed. Perhaps the best-known examples of companies who have adopted Holacracy are Zappos and David Allen Company. “No

Humility is the Key to Being An Agile Leader


Being an agile leader requires humility. Today’s post is by Jose Costa, author of Leading With Edge (CLICK HERE to get your copy) Few people would deny the crucial role agility plays in helping a person succeed […]. Not having all the answers helps you to be open, learn, and adapt in our ever-changing business environment.

Interview: Modernizing Change Management with Agile and Lean Practices

Change Starts Here

He combines ideas from many communities, including the Lean Startup, Agile and Lean worlds, to create an adaptable and scalable model for managing the complexity of change in today’s world.

Leading Your Army: Is This Really the One You Wanted?

RapidStart Leadership

Building Teams and Culture Leadership Concepts agility building teams culture leadership training your armyIf leading your army feels like a parade, you might be doing it wrong.

In 100 Words: Agility and Embracing Uncertainty


We are comfortable with what is predictable. This impacts our choices because we want to maximize the chances of success. Then, once in a while, we are thrown into situations where we have no control. It compels us to carve a way out and create a map as we go. We learn the most here.

142: That’s Not How We Do It Here! — How to Stay Agile and Innovative as a Mature Company | with John Kotter

Engaging Leader

Most mature organizations have a built-in tendency to kill off anything agile, innovative, and entrepreneurial — which often is exactly what’s needed to stay ahead of today’s ever-increasing pace of change in the […] Increasingly, large organizations are finding their competitive landscape changing so quickly that they’re unable to respond fast enough to survive and thrive.

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Agility in Process Improvement Initiatives


Bottom line: In an agile business environment where change is not only constant but rapid, we need agility in how we improve. The pace of change is accelerating and business leaders who are responsible for improvements need keep up with the pace. While plan-do-check-act methodology has been around for long, the time it took was way longer. For organizational improvements (and the personal ones), what do we need today? What would business expect from improvement initiatives?

From management training to management learning: Why evidence, context and agility matters

CQ Net - Management skills for everyone!

We have a look at the shortcomings of traditional management learning and introduce a new approach of management learning that puts an emphasize on knowledge quality (evidence), applicability in daily business (context) and adaptability (agility).

What is “Agile?” – Charles Duhigg gives a clear description in Smarter Faster Better

First Friday Book Synopsis

Agile – adjective able to move quickly and easily
 quick, smart, and clever ——————– If I were to write a blog post on each of the useful pieces of information in Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, the new book by Charles Duhigg, well… that might take a while. One… Read More What is “Agile?”

Weekly Round-Up: Leadership Vitality: Agile vs. Erratic, Unengaged Employees, ‘Shoes Off’ Leadership, Seeing Weakness Is Not a Strength, & the Science Behind Performance


Welcome to my weekly round-up of recent top leadership and communication blog posts. As many of you know, each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays, I pull some of my favorites together here on my blog.

Management Improvement System Flavors

Curious Cat

ASQ has asked their Influential Voices to explore the question “Is Agile the new Lean?” No Agile is not the new Lean. On this blog, in 2008, I wrote about Future Directions for Agile […].

Leadership Caffeine—Becoming Agile and Adaptable is THE Leadership Issue

Management Excellence

The Leadership Caffeine™ series is intended to make you think and act. — What if everything that used to work for your business no longer did? The business challenge of this era for long established firms is much about escaping the powerful pull of the past. Approaches that worked so well for so long are […]. Art of Managing Leadership Caffeine Management Innovation Strategy Adaptability teams The New Leader

The Fundamentals of Tomorrow’s Leadership, the Basics with a Twist

Great Leadership By Dan

Curiosity for Agility. You will need this to allow for optimal agility and to fully leverage the collective capability of employees throughout the organisation. So, to be a great leader of tomorrow, don’t look to the latest fad or claim, return to the basics as your foundations to remaining agile, then leverage what the future world is offering. agility communication Fiona Murden leadership resilience vision

Agile – a leaner, stronger, faster, smarter way to work (for everyone)

Ask Atma

Setting up an Agile based environment for any work group or business. Overview: An agile environment organizes the resources of an organization in a more adaptive and disciplined way. Through new roles and a few rules any organization or group can become more agile.

You Should Never “Arrive”

General Leadership

Guest Posts Agility chris levy education ideas Intelligence join organization Read Wisdom and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link].

Leagile Learning: How to learn faster and more efficiently with Lean and Agile

CQ Net - Management skills for everyone!

Lean and Agile approaches are currently on everyone's lips. While Lean is still often associated with production optimization and the automotive industry, Agile appears to be closely linked to software development and IT.

Building an Agile Development Strategy Aligned to Changing Business Needs #cipdldshow

Rapid BI

Building an Agile Development Strategy Aligned to Changing Business Needs Sarah Mellor – John Lewis Partnership Jo Kelly – Waitrose Eloise McNeile & Lucero Tagle – Google Chaired by Peter Cheese – CEO CIPD Peter Cheese sets the scene on one of the most popular session at this years CIPD L&D conference. The post Building an Agile Development Strategy Aligned to Changing Business Needs #cipdldshow appeared first on.