Reflections on Agile 2011

For me, the first 2 days of Agile 2011 were a whirlwind. On Monday I co-chaired a milestone event—the Agile Executive Forum—in which 60 senior executives demonstrated that agility isn’t confined to delivery teams. From the opening keynote about innovation, agility, and social business networks to a discussion of a multi-year 400 person firmware project […]

    Leadership and Decision Making

    A good leader has to be a visionary, a teacher, a motivator, a facilitator, and other things, but she must also be a decision maker. The same is true of lead engineers for technical issues. So the question becomes, at what point does a leader’s decision making damage self-organization? First, when the team loses respect […]

      Interesting Posts

      There were quite a few interesting posts this past week–whose topics ranged from what motivates us to how we may have erred in fundamental assumptions about executive compensation. “Chaos Control Collaboration,” by Mary Abraham. Losing control, gaining collaboration, and social media. Holly Green, “Shifting from Strategic Planning to Strategic Agility,” in Forbes. “The huge flaw […]

        Enterprise Agility Generates 30% Higher Profits

        “An overwhelming majority of executives (88%) cite organisational agility as key to global success. Other studies support this idea as well: research conducted at MIT suggests that agile firms grow revenue 37% faster and generate 30% higher profits than non-agile. Yet most companies admit they are not flexible enough to compete successfully.” This is from […]

          Adaptable Management Videos

          Here are three very interesting video segments done by James Franklin, a Dell VP, and Gary Hamel, visiting professor at the London business school and co-founder of management innovation eXchange. How can IT organizations adapt? How will social media change organizations? What are the biggest challenges for organizations today? These 5-minute each videos provide a […]