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October 6, 2021
What does focussing on culture mean to XYZ Consulting?

We have some mid-tier consultants in at the moment who are "focussing on culture." Since we don't separate culture from delivering value to customers, I asked what that meant in practice. Apparently: "A generic scheme of manoeuvre could involve a diagnostic that looks at things like empowerment, psychological safety, collaboration, purpose, customer centricity… then based […]

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December 11, 2017
Too much Agile Guidance for C-Suite

One key action: Agile Guidance for C-Suite leadership If my job title was a three-letter acronym and the first letter was a “C”, I might be un-festively fed-up with people telling me how to run my agile digital transformation. Two more ‘top ten something-or other things CEOs and CIOs should worry about’ appeared last week, […]

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May 19, 2014
Google Doodle's Working Rubik's Cube is Engaging

All rights for this image belong to Google Generations of Users Relate to Rubik Today the creatives at Doodle gave us something that perfectly matches its user generation that's interactive, colourful and engaging. A working Rubik's cube! Just last week I dared to ask why Google were paying their people to decorate the top of […]

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August 9, 2016
Manager Role for Enterprise Agility Agile 2016 conference

This session explores the top 10 “good practices” in good agile and good management that help medium and large organizations reach enterprise agility. See the video here: https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/sessions/the-manager-role-for-enterprise-agility-this-is-what-good-looks-like/ Abstract/Description If you follow Scrum, XP, or the scaled versions of the same, it’s difficult to see the point of managers in an agile workplace. Teams get […]

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September 7, 2023
Manage tensions if you want an agile transformation

Today’s challenge is that traditional management approaches, where managers tell people what to do and how to do it, are not as effective as they once were. Agile transformation takes years, but changing management’s focus from people to tensions could be a better solution. It is simpler, faster, and considerably more cost-effective. Management is the […]

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