Separating Signal from Noise – Part Two

To continue from Part 1… We are constantly being peppered, assaulted really, with things competing for our attention, and there is no sign that the universe is going to let up on us. I am generally regarded as someone who is technologically progressive, but you will not find me on any social media other than …

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Separating Signal from Noise – Part One

There are two clues that someone doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The first is that they use an excessive number of variables and factors to explain the problem. The second is that they turn a legitimately complex situation into something overly simple—this is probably the most common way of demonstrating ignorance of the subject …

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Do You Hire Smart People?

Regardless of the type of organization that I serve, I see a number of phrases that seem to be common. Every company hires only “the best and brightest”, every organization claims their people to be their “most valuable asset” and every entity declares, “Our people make the difference”. Beyond the fallacy that everyone hires only …

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Leaders in Organizational Agility

Based on our decades of experience in creating organizational agility in real life, there are six properties that organizations that are leaders in agility will possess. First, those organizations that are leaders in agility, don’t merely meet their customer’s requirements, they produce products/services that create customer requirements to which competitors must respond, because this is …

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Characteristics of an Agile Organization

Based on our decades of experience in creating organizational agility in real life, we’ve found that there are six characteristics that agile organizations possess. First, and foremost, agile organizations start with, “Why?” Agile organizations understand the purpose of their work—the noble purpose of their work. Achieving an ROI or EBITDA or EPS does not mobilize …

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Questions from a Certified ScrumMaster® Class – Part Two

I recently taught a Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) Class at Watermark Learning. Because our time in class is limited and our class backlog is full of activities, exercises and simulations, I rarely have enough time to address all of the questions raised. Blogging, while limited in space, does allows me the opportunity to address these questions while …

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Questions from a Certified ScrumMaster® Class – Part One

I recently taught a Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM) Class at Watermark Learning. Our two-day class is packed full of real-world examples of how to apply Scrum to solve complex problems. Of course, there is never enough class time to work through the backlog of questions that students raise, and as a passionate Scrum practitioner, this nags at …

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The Leadership Challenge of Gradual Change

Are you familiar with the boiled frog analogy? If you place a live frog in a pan of boiling water, the frog will immediately jump out. Smart. Right? However, if you place a frog in a pan of room temperature water, and all other conditions are comfortable, it will settle in. And if all other …

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Idiots in the Agile Movement

I worry that the Agile Movement is suffering from what I have come to call the “specialist syndrome,” and I worry about it growing into a plague. When I teach my class, “Design for Organizational Agility,” I talk about an organizational disease called the “specialist syndrome.” When what someone is doing and how they are …

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