Designing Business Outcomes (#noprojects)

In most agile teams, the focus on delivering projects has continued to distance them from what's important - delivering value to their customers. All too often we’ve been measuring activity and cost, not outcomes and value. And it's important to understand that an organisation that plans for growth outcomes (without binding a team to a specific output) can fundamentally adapt to a changing market. By creating clearly defined, non-conflicting, outcomes and common working principles senior management can delegate the ‘how’ to their teams, while retaining ownership of the ‘what’ and ‘why’.…

Domains of Agility

Agile doesn't just mean Scrum and agility doesn't just mean Agile. Over the last few months, I've been forming a simple model of agility and how different elements interact with each other. To that end, I want to introduce you to the three different forms of agility that I believe work in concert to create an agile organisation. Technical Agility, Process Agility and Business Agility.…

Corporate strategic planning in an agile organisation

Forget the 5-year plan. And while you're at it, forget the 12-month plan as well. As an agile organisation, we want to move away from the traditional & static planning process towards a dynamic & agile strategy that can adapt as the market changes. We might also call this a "learning organisation"; one that uses an "inspect and adapt" feedback cycle to continuously create and refine their corporate strategy.…

The structure of an agile organisation - a business agility primer

Traditional business models are failing to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises live or die on their ability to adapt – which is where Business Agility comes in. Business Agility provides a context for organisations to embrace change; changing how to think, changing how to work and changing how to interact.…

Business Hackathon (no coding necessary)

Traditional business models are struggling to keep up with the needs of the modern economy. While business has never been predictable, technological and cultural change is occurring at faster rates than ever before. In this climate, modern enterprises live or die on their ability to adapt – which is where Business Agility comes in. Business Agility provides a context for organisations to embrace change; changing how to think, changing how to work and changing how to interact. But is your business agile? I don't just mean IT - I mean Finance, HR, Marketing - your very organisational DNA. If not, let's hack your organisation to embed business agility.…

6 impossible things before breakfast

I usually write about business agility, but in the last couple of days I've had 3 separate people ask me the same question. "How do you do so much?" - referring in large part to the fact that I'm organising a conference, writing a book, mentoring startups, transforming IBM and raising a family. So, with apologies to Douglas Adams and Lewis Carroll, I thought I would take the opportunity to describe the 6 impossible things I do before breakfast everyday.…