With innovation speeding up and company life cycles getting shorter, the ability for a company to quickly respond to market conditions has never been more important. Many look to Agile as the solution. But Agile, in its current form, is not the game-changer that most companies and leaders so desperately need. Twelve years after the Continue

Digital Leadership Requires Ecosystems, Not Machines (Part 2)

The “organization as machine” philosophy has become fundamentally flawed in today’s knowledge age, especially in the digital environment. Dismantling the centuries-old “organization as machine” model and replacing it with a new management technology that unleashes the creativity and productivity of humans is the greatest opportunity and challenge now faced by companies seeking the much needed Continue

You’re asking for the wrong thing: you don’t need Agile software teams, you need an Agile Enterprise

Most big companies today are structured and managed like those during the industrial revolution.  They may have started small and nimble, but over time, layer upon layer of bureaucracy was piled on. If something bad happened, a rule was instituted so it never happened again. Then a rule was created to deal with another problem. Continue

The New Role of Leadership: Shaping Employee Networks for Agility and Innovation

Agility and product innovation can be difficult to master. Most companies that invest in Agile product and software development methods (in pursuit of enhanced innovation, quality and speed) fail to overcome the obvious: entrenched norms, beliefs and behaviors. Worse, Agile “improvements” often inject new conflict into the work processes. That’s the bad news. The good Continue