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December 4, 2023
The HOW of Transformation

The HOW of Transformation recorded at the Global Digital Transformation Summit in Berlin 2023 Summary Managers who manage tensions enjoy greater performance, especially in complex and dynamic environments. In this 36-minute talk: I tell the story of Transport for London's transformation from a one-sided fares Operator to an integrated Developer-Operator. And show how technologists using […]

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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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March 26, 2023
12 signs that using 'ambidexterity as an agile transformation model' is not my original idea

You see, I thought I was the first agilist to make the connection between agile transformation models and organizational ambidexterity. Certainly, it seemed original when it emerged in conversation with my supervisor. In fact, it was Dr Alireza Javanmardi Kashan’s idea (better make it 13 signs), but it came from our conversation so we said […]

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March 26, 2023
What is contextual ambidexterity?

Contextual ambidexterity is a culture that expects exceptional performance in both innovation and operation, overturning the illusion that it is either/or. Contextual ambidexterity is agile for managers.

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February 16, 2020
Managers don’t make difficult decisions

Contrary to popular belief, managers are not there to ‘make difficult decisions’. What makes a decision difficult usually, is a lack of information. What makes a decision dangerous is the lack of knowledge of how to use that information. If a manager selects one item from a list of choices or approves an initiative instead […]

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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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June 18, 2014
6 Problems Solved by Taking an Agile Approach to Training

Agile Training, The Agile Way What are the common challenges for training, and what solutions can Lean or Agile methods provide? In-House Learning Problem 1: Today's Lean organisations are reluctant to send a whole team away for a week's training. Apart from the risks for business continuity, the stress of changing travel, social and childcare […]

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