Do Less

Many managers use the mantra, “Do more with less.” At the Agile 2010 conference, Pat Reed from the GAP, who co-presented with me, shortened this mantra to “Do Less.” The theme of our presentation was Value Optimization, determining the highest valued chunks of functionality to implement next—whether those chunks were projects in a portfolio or […]

    “And” Leadership

    What is an agile leader or manager? There are countless answers to this question revolving around the characteristics or behaviors of agile leaders—for example, collaborative, light touch, servant, and failure tolerant. One of the traits I think is very important is that of “And” rather than “Or” leadership. The most pressing issues to face leaders […]

      Agile—Strategic, Portfolio, or Operational?

      One reason organizations have difficulty implementing agile/lean methods is that they fail to tie the reasons for implementation to business strategy. My definition of is that “agility is the ability to both create and respond to change in order to profit in a turbulent business environment.” The degree of agility required by the business then […]