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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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September 19, 2020
The Perfect Ten: Ep 5: Agility

Marilise de Villiers, host and author of Your Bullyproof Life, interviewed fellow coach, Andrea Darabos, and myself about Agilty. Specifically, what it mean in the workplace as one of 10 skills organisations need to develop to thrive.

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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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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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March 16, 2024
How to restore Teams Wiki data after Jan 2024

Microsoft killed Wiki on Teams - who knew they would delete our data too - here's how to restore it

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May 5, 2014
Starting Lean/an Agile Enterprise

I gave this talk Starting Lean - Running an Agile Enterprise to a group of founders of mostly small businesses. You can view and download the slides from the link. The talk is based on Ash Maurya's book, called Running Lean, a firm favourite because it's so practical. Think of this as Lean Startup applied […]

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