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Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious

Ten Agile Axioms That Make Managers Anxious | Business change | Scoop.it
In June 2018,  a time when “Agile at Scale” is emblazoned on the front cover of Harvard Business Review, the management journal with quasi-papal status, the era when managers could confidently ridicule agile management practices is fading fast. Instead, most managers have themselves grasped the need to be agile: a recent Deloitte survey of more than 10,000 business leaders across 140 countries revealed that nearly all surveyed respondents (94%) report that “agility and collaboration” are critical to their organization’s success. Yet only 6% say that they are “highly agile today.” So, what’s the problem? Why the 88% gap between aspiration and actuality

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Agile is trendy, for sure - but is it too easy to say and too hard to do? Maybe because, as Steve Denning suggests, agile is a mindset, not a process?

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Agile? - Danger !!! Don't do it unless...

Agile? - Danger !!! Don't do it unless... | Business change | Scoop.it
Caution is in order because "Agile Transformation" always is a roller coaster ride where you and your teams must hang on for dear life!

Now - before getting on to the Agile roller coaster band-wagon ask “Why do we need to do it?” first. Don't get on the newness rollercoaster until solid answers are articulated and a clear destination is envisaged as to "why" we need it.
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A cautionary tale about the power and possible problems of agile transformation in a complex world - plus a couple of excellent literary tips!

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12 Principles of Agile Project Management

12 Principles of Agile Project Management | Business change | Scoop.it

There has been MUCH written on the subject of agile software development and by extension agile project management. To go back to the source of this knowledge you can spend a little bit of time at AgileManifesto.org to get an idea of where this all started, the values this methodology holds dear, along with the 12 guiding principles the original team espoused.


Via Eric Laurent, Philippe Vallat
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Why sensemaking will save agile?

Complex environments represent a continuous challenge for sensemaking in organizations. Continuous ambiguity exerts continuous pressures on organizations to modify their patterns of interaction, information flow and decision making. Organizations struggle to address situations that are precarious, explanations that are equivocal and paradoxical, and cognitive dilemmas of all kinds. This creates a demand for innovative approaches in sensemaking. Since agility is what is required in navigating complexity, we can call these new approaches “agile sensemaking.”
David Hain's insight:

This plea for a new way for organisations to organise makes sense to me, although I'm not surety agile branding will help to take root.

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Do you have an Agile state of mind?

Do you have an Agile state of mind? | Business change | Scoop.it

Learn How to Transition to Agile or a Mixed Methodology Approach


Via Saverio Losito, PMP
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Free e-book on Agile 101 here. 

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Waterfall to #Agile Free Ebook -- 20 Experts -- Make the Transition to Agile or a Mix

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Responding to Complexity and Uncertainty: The Agile Organisation

Responding to Complexity and Uncertainty: The Agile Organisation | Business change | Scoop.it

Over the past two decades, management consultants and academics at business schools have increasingly stressed what they view as the rapidly increasing levels of complexity and uncertainty in the environment that all organisations have to respond to and many have labelled these conditions ‘ hyper-competition’ or ‘high velocity competition’. To deal with these conditions, consultants and academics have called for organisations to become ‘agile organisations’.


Via Complexity Institute, Philippe Vallat, Fabrice De Zanet
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