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Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

If success goes to those who can innovate the fastest, how do we nurture innovation? To innovate faster than our competitors, we need to maximize our learning potential. It starts with leadership and cascades down to a shared mindset of team members. The process of learning starts with understanding the knowable and then adding to this through experiments and new learnings. These teams need support and coordination services throughout the process.

Design Thinking: Human Centered Design for Innovative Problem-Solving

Project Bliss

Design Thinking is a human centered approach to innovative problem-solving. His company works with clients to successfully solve problems using innovation and Design Thinking approaches. Anyone who wants to solve a problem can use Design Thinking to find innovative solutions.


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How Digital Transformation Can Affect Leadership Strategies


So, what impacts does the digital transformation have on leadership strategies? Before delving deeper in understanding how digital transformation can affect leadership strategies , it would be a good idea to first understand what this entire concept entails.

Innovation: Running Experiments and Learning

Leading Answers

In my last article on  Incubating Innovation , we explored the culture and mindset of accountable experimentation. Within agile frameworks, the team retrospective is the primary workshop for planning and evaluating experiments. Yet where’s the focus on experiments, the learning process and trials for the next iteration? However, innovation and learning take conscious effort, forward planning and accountability.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

Agile Maturity & Change Management: 3 Steps for Achieving Executive Buy-In

Lindsey Marymont

Agile Portfolio Management. Agile Maturity & Change Management: 3 Steps for Achieving Executive Buy-In. Large-scale change is difficult for any organization, and no less so when it involves growing Agile maturity in project and portfolio management. Leadership Team.

Organizational Structures that Support Faster Innovation and Evolution

Leading Answers

Organizational agility is the ability of an enterprise to change direction, realign and succeed in volatile, uncertain business environments. Small organizations can change direction quickly because they have fewer people or processes to change. Please Innovate While We Micromanage You!

Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

Companies are recognizing that brand loyalty accompanied by a higher level of quality does not always equate to customer retention unless supported by some innovations. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. Innovation is often viewed as the Holy Grail of business and the primary driver for growth. The question, of course, is “How do we manage innovation needs?”.

The growing need for project leadership

Susanne Madsen

According to the PMI, organisations are losing an average of $97 million for every $1 billion spent on projects due to lack of focus on people, processes and outcomes. Emergent complexity relates to how much the project and its surroundings are changing as you are trying to manage it, for example highly innovative projects or a project that is dependent on external world events, such as the price of oil. You are probably as familiar with the statistics of failing projects as I am.

Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

April’s theme at where I write a monthly column was “Consulting,” and in this article, I examine the world of Agile Consulting and coaching. Depending on where people are in their careers, their agile adoption and their corporate culture, some people want a consultant, others a coach and sometimes they want a blend. Getting Started Personally, I was hesitant to get into agile consulting and coaching. Agile Project Management Leadership

PMO Leadership: How PMOs Can Evolve into Savvy PMOs


PMO leadership today is about more than being a purveyor of governance and delivering projects on time and on budget. The Savvy PMO fosters organizational agility, cultivates efficiencies, and drives growth strategies.

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Business Agility: What Is It & Why Is It Important?

To do so requires business agility. What Is Business Agility? Business agility is just as it says, a way for businesses to remain agile when markets fluctuate, as they have a tendency to do. Business agility then is an organizational method to help businesses adapt quickly to market changes. Origins of Business Agility. The history of business agility as a concept begins with software development. Business Agility Framework.

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Capture More Agility by Tailoring Practices

International Institute for Learning

[This post is a sneak preview of Jesse Fewell’s talk at IIL’s Agile & Scrum 2020 Online Conference , and is based on his upcoming book Untapped Agility ]. We’ve been told that to achieve more innovation, more collaboration, or more agility, we need to adopt modern practices.

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Agile Illustrated - Sample #2

Leading Answers

Here is the second sample from my new Kindle book “ Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learner’s Guide to Agility ”. The book is a graphical introduction to the agile mindset and servant leadership behaviors for working with agile teams. If you missed the first sample on the Agile Manifesto, you can find it here. It describes six principles essential to agile project teams. Projects are completed by living, breathing people, not tools or processes.

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Webinar Recap: How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tad Haas’ How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar, How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success. Tad: The conversation today is built off a white paper called Innovation and Portfolio Management Office.

Embracing Metrics for Success In Agile Transformation

Leading Agile

In the Agile community, there’s this idea that we don’t want to gather metrics, typically because we’re afraid managers are going to use them in an unhealthy way. And the lagging indicators are the things we find out later in the process— we call those performance metrics.

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Agile Leadership Toolkit - new book

Early September a new book will be added to the Professional Scrum Series : Agile Leadership Toolkit - by Peter Koning. Traditional management and leadership practices were developed to manage work, to build the process, and to provide the intelligence for work to be done. Agility is turning the world upside down. Agile leadership is the future. Scrum, Less, and other agile methodologies promise motived, collaborative, and highperforming teams.

Business Agility model

Henny Portman

The Business Agility model is the next one to add to my Bird’s eye view on the agile forest. The Business Agility Model (developed by the Business Agility Institute) consisting of twelve interacting domains across four dimensions to take into account when transforming your organization.

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Route to Enterprise Scale Agility


Competitiveness in the age of digital disruption requires businesses to achieve agility at scale – not in select projects and portfolios alone, but across functions, across the business. The approaches to achieving enterprise-wide agility are keenly debated. Of all the imperatives of digital transformation, the one success factor on which there is consensus is “enterprise-wide agility”. While the path taken may differ, the end goal is business-wide agility.

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Developing Leadership Skills

Herding Cats

There is always some post about leadership, innovation, and personnel development around agile project management, Having deployed one of the early agile development programs (eXtreme Programming) in a mission critical IT organization, I was part of an approach that is known to work for building leadership and teams. The process focuses on the team and accomplishing the mission of the team. Developing Leadership Skills. Thoughts on Leadership.

AGILE NXT 3rd edition

Henny Portman

In this third edition of AGILE NXT — a magazine designed by Xebia’s thought leaders and experts to inspire and inform you, offers 15 new insights: The Ultimate Model for Managing Performance in Agile Environments (Daniel Burm). Need Business Agility? Agile English Post review

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Stephen Denning on Business Agility

International Institute for Learning

Stephen Denning is a former director of the World Bank, renowned speaker and author (his most recent book, The Age of Agile , has 4.5 As a keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , he gave a fascinating take on how to adopt an Agile Mindset through what he calls the “Three Laws of Business Agility.” Author of ‘Age of Agile’ Stephen Denning, shares his thoughts about the power of leadership.

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Agile Project Management Principles


In the project management and software development fields, Agile project management principles realized and practiced. . Companies are making huge investments in Agile and DevOps tools and training. The benefits of Agile are well known. Agile helps with speedy roll-outs, continuous improvement, flexibility and reacting to market or customer changes. Most people don’t know the Agiles guiding principles. 8-Agile processes promote sustainable development.

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Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

This is Mike Cottmeyer's talk from AgileIndy 2021 on The Executive's Guide to Why Agile Transformation Fails. Announcer] This is Mike Cottmeyer’s talk from AgileIndy, 2021 on “Why Agile Transformation Fails.” It was always large scale agile stuff.

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Why Agile Transformations sometimes fail

Based on my experience working in agile environments since 2010, I did some research and had general observations on the topic. Regardless of the business domains or product area, there are some common rules that may devastate your efforts toward agility. . Inability to innovate.

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5 Ways to Become Agile: A Summary


As we finalize our six-part blog series on how to become agile, let’s take a look back at the previous five blogs and provide you with a brief summary of their key points. Throughout this series, we’ve discussed the five ways to become agile, addressed the primary issues and roadblocks, as well as the critical steps required to transform the PMO, all based on the whitepaper, The Agile PMO: 5 Steps to Driving Agility at Scale. Lean and Agile PMO

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Is Your Organization Mature Enough for Digital Transformation?

Epicflow Blog

Not only businesses but also government organizations are engaged in digital transformation processes, and each of them knows why they need it as successful digitalization provides: Clients’ comfort, Competitive advantage, Security and speed of all processes, Reliability and safety of information. .

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Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)

Granted that the agile process isn’t the only effective workflow management methodology out there today, but it certainly is worth understanding more; organizations should at least consider how it can affect the way they work and produce in this day and age. Agile 101.

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An Essential List of Leadership Skills to Manage an Uncertain Future


A list of leadership skills is essential for modern life. In this article, we’ll go through some of the qualities that make a leader successful, by providing a list of leadership skills as well as some examples, tools, and resources to help you improve your own abilities.

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Review 10X Growth Machine

Henny Portman

The 10X Growth Machine – How companies can innovate, scale and win , written by Misha de Sterke, is a book to build your own growth machine by using innovation as a means. Growth governance : Lean innovation process and venture boards, growth policy playbook, and growth accounting.

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Getting Started with Agile Portfolio Management


If you are still debating implementing Agile portfolio management, you’re in good company. Plenty of organizations are still on the fence about embracing Agile methodologies. Agile portfolio management isn’t a gimmick, a fad or a case of sales-driven fear of missing out (FOMO). Second, Agile portfolio management helps your organization become adaptable and light on its feet. Activate the Four Key Areas of Agile Portfolio Management.

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Lean Portfolio Management Operations: An Agile Approach


Traditional approaches, which are typically more lengthy and linear in fashion, may inhibit the flow of innovation and value through your organization, and as such, making it challenging to undergo a Lean-Agile transformation without transforming your organization’s approach to portfolio management. Now, let’s delve further into developing an agile approach for Lean portfolio management operations. Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE). Lean and Agile PMO

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Agile Unplugged: EP01 | Mike Cottmeyer and Brian Sondergaard

Leading Agile

Agile Unplugged is your chance to explore LeadingAgile’s freshest ideas, mental models, frameworks, and solutions with the people that are actually doing the work of leading large-scale Agile Transformation, out in the field. “Tell me what Agile’s about.”

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The Factors and Qualities Needed to Boost Nimble Leadership

Check it out what you will find on this article about nimble leadership : Technical Practices are Necessary for Nimble Leadership How Company Culture Impacts an Agile Organization Business Systems Impact Agility throughout Your Company The Right Nimble Leadership Qualities Needed for Your Organization Three Types of Leadership Styles to Strengthen Your Organization Two Factors Necessary for Nimble Leadership How Project Management Software Supports Nimble Leadership.

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Remote Agile Transitions — The Top-Ten Challenges

TL; DR: Remote Agile Transitions. Since the pandemic has forced many of us to work remotely, this unique capability has been kicked into overdrive regarding remote agile transitions. Why Remote Agile Accelerates Change. Well, I think that Agile is a massive trend, not a mere fad.

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How to Make Agile Work in Fast-Growing Startups

TL; DR: How to Make Agile Work in Fast-Growing Startups. For years, I worked in several Berlin-based, fast-growing startups in my capacity as Scrum Master, agile coach, and Product Owner. Also, let me introduce you to the anti-patterns agile startups shall avoid at all costs. ??

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Agile Unplugged: EP 02 | Mike Cottmeyer and Dennis Stevens

Leading Agile

Listen to the Agile Unplugged Podcast on the go! Find and subscribe to Agile Unplugged on: Apple Podcasts. Remember to subscribe and listen to Agile Unplugged on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean—and watch each and every episode on YouTube , IGTV , and Facebook.

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2021 Online & On-Site Events for Project Managers

Epicflow Blog

January 31 — Beyond Agile Israel 2021 with this year’s topic “Agile Innovations” invites everyone who’s curious about Agile methodology to take part in the event. Dwell upon other experts’ ideas and shape your own strategy of going agile. .

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Agile Transformation – Success Factors part 2

In the previous article, Agile Transformation – Success Factors part 1 , there was a strong focus on key levels that should be taken first into consideration. Agile Transformation efforts might be difficult. For instance: They create the agile transformation vision and act accordingly.

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Becoming Agile: Evidence Based Management

Hearing a senior executive announce "We're committed to becoming agile!" In fact, if you were to read some of the interviews with managers in business magazines, or the guest articles and puff-pieces on agility in their companies, you'd think that their hearts and minds had been won decades ago. Agile transformation, you would surmise, is a done deal with the higher-ups. You see, agile transformation isn't about "accelerating a production calendar", as is often assumed.

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