Consultants often focus their business transformations on the following three premises: All employees want to acquire knowledge so they can lead others. People want to work in self-organized teams, because this helps them learn and is good for the organization. Most team members want to collaborate with other groups. But these premises might be false.… Continue reading Not Everyone Wants to Be Agile: The Art of Microhabits
Business partners and contractors can provide specialized capabilities that help companies meet strategic goals while reducing costs and risk. But problems with these business partners can arise when organizations change their mindset, ways of working or strategy. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to help a client who wanted to increase enterprise agility.… Continue reading The Achilles’ Heel of Enterprise Agility: The Business Partners
In recent years, many companies have used Agile values and principles to evolve their mindsets and ways of working. This has allowed organizations to deliver software products more quickly and with greater business value. This way of thinking initially “solved” a crucial problem: establishing a sustainable ecosystem that improves how digital products are built and… Continue reading I’m Sorry, Enterprise Agility Is Not the Same as Agile
Metaphors allow people to explore ideas and take action outside of their conventional way of thinking. In business, this encourages creativity and allows companies to focus on areas that involve productive criticism. In turn, this creates distinctive organizations and exceptional products. What comes to mind when you think of the term psychiatric prison? It reminds… Continue reading Are you trapped in a psychiatric prison company?
Several years ago, Louise Diamond (a specialist in global initiatives for peace) published “12 Rules for the Resolution of World Conflicts and Their Path towards the Eradication of Wars.” Some of these rules can be too abstract for many business professionals, but they can also be extraordinarily useful when implementing change in a company. Every… Continue reading 12 systems thinking rules for change agents, Agile coaches or anyone making a change in a company