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What is AGILE NXT? Measure it!

Posted by Theo Gerrits on Oct 14, 2019 2:45:00 PM

The digitalization of our economy and society has unleashed a storm of transformation.   Rapid technological development has completely changed the way people work. Teams and organizations work increasingly on a global scale. Knowledge and technology are growing exponentially, making multidisciplinary collaborations essential—onsite, via video conferencing, or through virtual spaces. Businesses have been forced to change, rapidly, just to remain competitive. But while Agile companies can deliver products and services faster and smarter, and often at a lower cost, organizations with a long history and complex technological legacy have had a difficult time transitioning. What’s more, the long-established patterns and work habits of the people who work at these companies has also often impeded change. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Four Steps to Effective Performance Meetings

Posted by Daniel Burm on Oct 11, 2019 10:38:59 AM

Performance meetings are critical to ensuring that individuals, teams, and departments in Agile organizations realize their ambitions and goals, whether these are outcome-related or concern organizational development. Here’s how to go about them.

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Topics: Agile Transformations

It Takes Two to Do the Agile Tango: Invite Security to the Dancefloor

Posted by Dave van Stein on Oct 4, 2019 11:13:21 AM

In Agile transformations, it's common to start small with a couple of pilot development teams to gain some experience before implementing larger organizational changes. While sensible on the surface, it’s a recipe for disaster because it threatens the entire transformation, as well as the organization’s security.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Agile Software Security

Measuring the Value of Business Agility

Posted by Daria Nozhkina on Sep 4, 2019 11:19:07 AM

Today, more than a third of all companies have embarked on some form of Agile transformation. Some are further along than others because their industries require agility to survive. Leaders of these companies face the arduous task of transforming their legacy organizations while still delivering sustainable financial performance to the stakeholders. These leaders need to conduct this transformation correctly — to get it right.

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

Data Science and Coaching: The Yin/Yang of Better Interventions

Posted by Pieter Rijken on Sep 2, 2019 5:15:22 PM

If you’ve ever wondered if Agile coaching is effective or worth the money spent, you’re not alone. Your customers probably do, too. Let’s look at how one manager who grappled with these same questions came to measure the value of coaching and using methods of Data Science to discover which interventions work and
which don’t.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Doing: Diagnosis and Intervention Guide

Posted by Paul Immerzeel on Aug 28, 2019 12:11:56 PM

With 95% of all business processes impacted by human activity, intervention at the right moment can elicit lasting behavioral change—and with it, organizational change.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Reducing Waste in the Race for Innovation

Posted by Wilco Nap on Jul 25, 2019 3:37:04 PM

The term “arms race” describes an escalating competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons. The concept has been further applied to a number of disciplines and situations (evolutionary biology, mathematical decision making, logic and computer science, amongst others) in which escalating competition arises from two or more opposing groups striving to outdo one another. This concept can also be applied to the field of innovation, whereby competition between companies occurs for superiority in the development and accumulation of innovative products. This is termed an “innovation race.”

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

The Art of Leadership Agility

Posted by Ron Meyer on Jun 3, 2019 4:15:45 PM

As we move from the old world of hierarchy and planning to the modern world of self-steering and agility, it is clear to all people witnessing this paradigm shift that our day-to-day behaviors must radically change. We need to increase our sense of ownership, be more proactive, communicate more, be less afraid to fail, but maybe most importantly, we need to stop managing other people and increasingly lead them. 

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Topics: Agile Transformations

Recommended Reading for Every Agile Leader

Posted by Ron Eringa on Apr 25, 2019 3:54:11 PM

Some people may think we no longer need managers in this Age of Agility, but I strongly disagree. Without capable Agile leaders, we’ll never manage to break free from the chains that bind us to the old world. But how do leaders learn how to lead in this new world?

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Digital Transformation Gets Real

Posted by Guido van den Boom on Apr 15, 2019 12:37:15 PM

The global business community seems to agree, we’re now entering the third wave of digital technology in which artificial intelligence will be the main driving force. In tremendous ways, and at an unprecedented speed, this third wave will revolutionize the way we interact with each other and corporations interact with us. Whether we are eating, sleeping, working, sporting or relaxing, a world without digital tech has become unimaginable. We’re seeing the first signs of
this all around us already. Take, for example, how the insurance provider Lemonade (Lemonade.com) uses AI to determines a customer’s risk profile, or how speech analytics is gaining ground in call centers.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy