Capabilities and competencies, we argued, don’t live in isolation (as they do on paper). Rather, they tend to show up together in key routines that differentiate the highest performing employees from average performing ones. Trying to target individual competencies and discrete organizational capabilities, while novel and very clean on paper, bares little relationship to the world of work.
In-house strategy and consulting groups are growing in popularity, supplementing and increasingly winning business from traditional consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company.
Gary Bamford's insight:
Plus, you know precisely who to blame if it all goes pear shaped!
The primary goal of making money for shareholders is at odds with the values of Agile where the primary focus is on delivering value to the customer. In Agile, making money is the result, not the goal. When those two different goals are espoused in different parts or different levels of the organization, there is permanent friction. Unless this issue is resolved, the adoption of Agile at the team level is unlikely to stick.
A 2,500 sq ft Intelligent Mobility incubator is the first confirmed quarter of Innovation Birmingham’s Serendip space within the new £8m iCentrum® building. Centro – the region’s public transport co-ordinator – and the Transport Systems Catapult, which is the UK’s innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, have both signed up as joint partners for the specialist [...]
Little FC Midtjylland from Denmark have put statistical analysis at the center of their operations. Recruitment of players and evaluation of matches - it's statistics first. Could they be football's answer to the Oakland A's of Moneyball fame?
Gary Bamford's insight:
If you can't outspend the competition then you need to outthink them - a lesson for all.
Now that Agile is being blessed by mainstream business journals, the inevitable question becomes: is Agile just another management fad? That is to say, an idea that enjoys intense and widely-shared but short-lived enthusiasm without any basis in its actual qualities. The phenomenon is endemic in management. There’s even an acronym, “BOHICA, or “bend over, here it comes again,” to describe it, with each initiative promising so much and each delivering so little. Is Agile just the latest addition to the list?
A personal emergency comes up and you aren't going to be at work for three months. You have one week before you leave. Imagine that you have a high performer in your organization that you consider your trusted backup. The only person you can leave in charge is your trusted backup, but this person is not ready and you are throwing them in the deep end. What are the three things that you would do before you leave to prepare them to be the leader while you are gone?
...we have deployed digital technology to improve analog processes and failed to innovate new processes that are digital. "Becoming Digital" is actually an alien concept to me. I can't remember a time before having a PC at my fingertips. This is coincidental, based purely on the year I was born and consider myself in the first generation of 'internet enabled pre-teens'. This means I was in the first generation to have a social life developed around social media. Among the first popular networks was MSN/AOL messenger, then as soon as I had my university email address I reg
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