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Rik de Groot

Rik de Groot is an agile transformation consultant at Xebia from which he has been advising and guiding organizations since 2007. He focuses on the transformation to the agile way of working, including the necessary change in organizational structure, attitude and behavior.
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Leadership and its purpose

Posted by Rik de Groot on Aug 18, 2020 9:37:08 AM

The world is changing due to extreme events like a pandemic. The purpose of leadership therefore needs to change accordingly. The natural response to a crisis is often the opposite of leadership. With fear as a counselor, we can see a reversion to traditional control and processes. The underlying cause of this is the need for safety and security. Precisely during extreme events leaders can make the difference. In these events the market and employees need different forms of stimulation and support.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Micro-Interventions from a Position of Leadership

Posted by Rik de Groot on Dec 2, 2019 9:19:39 AM

Organizational agility requires a cultural transition. Too often, transformations get stuck in the blueprints of pre-planned waves of change. In large, top-down transition projects, change implementation is mandated across the organization. This method is rarely effective and often merely establishes a limited, temporary effect. The new way of change consists of many micro-interventions from leadership that bring about a mega-change. The micro-interventions are small, powerful, and applicable at any time. These bring about a more effective organization with a culture to match.

This article is published in AGILE NXT. Agile NXT is the magazine full of inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey. Theme of #2: New Insights for Agile Performance Management.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Mixed Human-Robo Agile Teams: The Future is Now

Posted by Rik de Groot on Nov 12, 2018 11:44:56 AM

Robotization has gained the attention of companies and markets across all sectors. According to research on digital customer support, Dutch consumers have high confidence in robo-advice and consider digital advisers as reliable as their human counterparts. As collaborations between artificial intelligence (AI) and Agile teams become the new normal, organizations must embrace a new way of working. Rather than a far-off, sci-fi fantasy, the future is now. Is your organization ready?

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Topics: Agile Transformations