How Agile Is Your Business?

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Many businesses will find new operating models that significantly enhance their competitiveness; others will collapse and disappear. What does that say about business agility ? Fundamentally, an agile business can move quickly, decisively, and effectively in anticipating, initiating, and taking advantage of change. The post How Agile Is Your Business? Professional Development change strategy online tools agile Business Development Change Management remote teams

How Agile Are You?

Rich Gee Group

To succeed you need to be flexible, innovate, and be agile. Developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd, the OODA Loop was applied to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in military operations. The post How Agile Are You?

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

Tanveer Naseer

He has a Board-approved strategy, a solid operating plan with targets, and a newly developed business unit organization structure to implement it. Learning agility is defined broadly as the ability to apply the lessons of the past to new and challenging situations.

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. Level 2 is about operating on a scale. . Source: Colin Price: Accelerating Performance: How Organizations Can Mobilize, Execute, and Transform with Agility.

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.

How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

Agile organizations treat disruption and adversity as opportunities.” In this environment of constant change, I often hear that we should be agile. They define agility and offer leaders a roadmap for navigating change. AGILITY aims to address this urgent need.

3 Proven Ways Call Centers Can Better Streamline Operations

Chart Your Course

In particular, when it comes to improving the customer service experience and streamlining operations, today’s call center agents now have a wide array of tech solutions to resolve these matters. Flexibility, agility and reliability are three of the immediate benefits to be had.

How to Keep Your Team Agile and Aligned Under Pressure

Strategy Driven

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

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. Instead, employees […] Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations.

Develop Agility That Outlasts the Pandemic

Harvard Business Review

Innovation Operations Digital ArticleThree tips to avoid going back to your old bureaucratic ways.

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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.

What Is Agile Marketing? The Strategy You Need to Know About

Strategy Driven

A 2018 study shows that 37% of polled marketers rely on agile marketing. Most people associate agile with the software development world. In a world where operational efficiency is critical, it was inevitable that agile would impact marketing. What Is Agile Marketing?

How Agile Teams Can Help Turnarounds Succeed

Harvard Business Review

Agile — the management approach that relies on small, entrepreneurial, close-to-the-customer teams — has a reputation that reflects its rapid adoption in software development. Experienced operators in the field have better knowledge and more current information than remote dictators or their mercenary agents do. Standard operating procedures fail because the situations are by definition nonstandard. The agile approach is indisputably better.

The Secret History of Agile Innovation

Harvard Business Review

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to expand far beyond IT.

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business Review

Its hierarchical authority, specialized division of labor, and standard operating procedures enabled companies to grow far larger than they had ever been. Rather than debating the advantages of agile teams, why not start demonstrating them? Learn and experience how agile works.

Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile

Harvard Business Review

The frustrations with current planning practices intersect with another fundamental managerial trend: organizational agility. One of the key principles underpinning team-based agility is that teams autonomously decide their priorities and where to allocate their own resources.

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Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business Review

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. For IT to operate in the data and analytics space often takes realigning roles and responsibilities. Analytics Operations IT Digital Articl

Aligning Your Organization with an Agile Workforce

Harvard Business Review

Leaders recognize that lean and agile business strategies require new ways of accessing talent to fill critical gaps — without necessarily bringing on more full-time employees. Studies of the global agile-talent community vary in their estimates of the size of the population.

How To Delight Customers

Eric Jacobson

My two favorite learnings from Stephen Denning ’s 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.

The Leadership Dance

N2Growth Blog

It builds confidence, creates agility and develops grace. Communications Leadership Miscellaneous Operations & Strategy Success Brian Layer Hard Leadership how to lead well Leadership Dance leading people well Leading those who are hard to lead N2growth

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together

Harvard Business Review

Increasing volatility, uncertainty, growing complexity, and ambiguous information (VUCA) has created a business environment in which agile collaboration is more critical than ever. Despite this project’s visibility, critical mandate, and groundbreaking technology, the organization was ultimately hindered when it came to agile collaboration. Intuitively, we know that the collaborative intensity of work has skyrocketed, and that collaborations are central to agility.

The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

Harvard Business Review

I’ve begun to view this as the ability to hold two specific traits in balance: consistency and agility. On the other side of the spectrum, great leaders are agile. These leaders must pivot when needed, and agility requires that they be intellectually curious, ready to learn from others, communicative, collaborative, and willing to change. But just as consistency can become rigidity, agility can become a lack of focus when it isn’t tempered by consistency.

Operational Excellence, Meet Customer Intimacy

Harvard Business Review

Most organizations continuously strive to achieve operational excellence, but they spend less effort understanding customer needs — and few marry these two sources of customer value effectively. In 1996 Tesco adopted Toyota Production System approaches to take its supply chain operations to an even higher level. Their agile supply chain allowed them to replenish small stores at the same cost as big stores — so they could charge the same prices in every format.

Agile Problem-Solving at the London Olympics

Harvard Business Review

The way the security threat was handled shows great agility. The clever organizations are the ones that turn threats into opportunities, relying on professionalism and creativity to respond with agility. Military Operations Organizational cultureIn this lull between the Olympics and Paralympics, London is enjoying wide acclaim for the success of the 2012 Games, and rightly so. But not everything has gone according to plan.

How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

Harvard Business Review

If software has eaten the world, then agile has eaten the software world. While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with the promise of a substantial and sustained spike in team productivity and efficiency. A Quick Introduction to Agile Management.

Survey Data Shows That Many Companies Are Still Not Truly Agile - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business Review

In Today’s Digital Economy, Agile Practices Can’t Be Limited to Just the IT and Development Realms. By Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies. Agile practices have a vital part to play in the rapid delivery and continuous maintenance of software-driven products and services. When software is ubiquitous, agile needs to be likewise. Agile Adoption Goes beyond IT and Development to Other Organizations in the Business.

First Look: Leadership Books for May 2020

Leading Blog

Amazon’s impact is so pervasive that business leaders in nearly every sector around the world need to understand how this force of nature operates. Doing Agile Right : Transformation Without Chaos by Darrell K.

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The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business Review

Operations in a Connected World. To avoid this roadblock, successful companies use a more agile strategy that relies on local solutions to capture value quickly, while gradually building the long-term IT and automation architecture.

Make Agility Part of Your Process

Harvard Business Review

With increasing industry disruption, efficiency is fast becoming of secondary importance to innovation and agility. We believe that organizations need to explicitly develop two parallel management systems: the operational system that manages the short-term execution of work — what we call the "Surface System," and a second system that focuses externally on sensing and driving strategic change — what we call the "Deep System." Operations

7 CEO Success Tips – How To Be A Better Leader

N2Growth Blog

Whether you are an emerging leader with a small team or an experienced leader responsible for directing the daily operations of a multinational organization, these seven CEO success tips will allow you to glean insight into your marathon by looking at the roadmap to help you win the race without fail. They have to be agile in their approach to use surprise against VUCA to impair its ability to cause unwanted and unnecessary chaos. By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts.

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How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Harvard Business Review

Many companies are attempting a radical — and often rapid — shift from hierarchical structures to more agile environments, in order to operate at the speed required by today’s competitive marketplace. Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt agile principles , while others like Zappos, are on the bleeding edge of organizational transformation.

Global Companies Need to Adopt Agile Pricing in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

It’s also a massive operational challenge because companies are not set up to make very frequent pricing changes, whereas currencies can move hugely overnight. One day in December 2014, Sergey, the Russia general manager for a multinational consumer goods company, was up early in the morning, watching the ruble’s value slide by the minute.

Zurich Insurance Group Takes Its IT Infrastructure to the Agile Cloud - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

Building on a relationship that dates back to 2004, Zurich Insurance Group is working with DXC to move from traditional data center outsourcing to a Platform as a Service model, taking advantage of next-generation cloud management technologies to lower operating costs and accelerate development.

Scaling Leadership

Leading Blog

In the words of Robert Anderson and William Adams, authors of Scaling Leadership , “We are running an Internal Operating System that is not complex enough for the complexity we face.

Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Harvard Business Review

In the spirit of becoming more adaptive , organizations have rushed to implement Agile software development. But many have done so in a way that actually makes them less agile. Agile software development. This process is exactly what Agile was meant to eliminate.

Are You Ready for Recovery?

Leading Blog

A Transpersonal Leader operates beyond their own ego and personal drivers and balances the needs of all the organization’s stakeholders. From this diverse and open thinking comes an agility to take the best actions, as areas of clarity emerge.

Dealing with the Two Fronts of Every Crisis

Leading Blog

In some ways, we are operating blind in a crisis, and this often generates a great deal of uncertainty and fear. A crisis calls for agile leadership. E VERY CRISIS places a leader between two fronts: Issue and Fear.

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Under Pressure, OXXO Rethinks the Convenience Store

Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business School professor Tatiana Sandino discusses how CEO Eduardo Padilla responded by creating an agile organization based on a team culture and strong management systems. Competitive strategy Operations management Organizational culture AudioMexican convenience store chain OXXO dominated its market — until its chief rival doubled in size almost overnight.

Continuous Business Optimization is a 21st Century Next Practice

N2Growth Blog

Establish a business mindset that believes in agility, velocity, and high impact value and through impeccable product and service delivery you will possess the power to differentiate your firm from all the rest.”

Building an Adaptable Team: 6 Ideas


In military operations, lack of agility can have more serious and rapid consequences. Ability to deal with rapid changes and uncertainties on the field is as critical a skill for organizations/teams as it is for the military troops. In case of teams, individuals and organizations, the consequences may not be visible in a short term,

The 6 Conditions Required to Scale a Creative Leadership Culture

Great Leadership By Dan

To build organizations that are more agile, innovative, adaptive, and high performing in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world, Creative leadership is required. These new organizational designs simply cannot boot up on the Reactive Operating System most leaders are running. They see and design systems for higher, more durable, and more agile performance in a fast-changing world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.

The 3 Mental Qualities of Great Leaders

Leading Blog

These two qualities “help us to be mentally agile and effective.” “As It requires that we take an unflinching look at ourselves, at how we interact with our people, and at how our organizations operate.” L EADERSHIP BEGINS in the mind.

Is Your C-Suite Working As A Team?

Lead Change Blog

In the VUCA world in which we now operate many businesses have become more agile, networked and team centric in order to respond to the challenges of more competition and digital disruption. However, up to now many of these approaches have been implemented in functional areas like sales and operations, and the C-suite has been left unchanged.

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