An Agile approach to budgeting recognizes the need for frequent course correction by outcome owners who can respond to the business when they have autonomy. It favors accountability over expenditure tracking; it's using road intersections with roundabouts (cooperation) rather than traffic lights (compliance).
Team innovation can be greatly influenced by conflict (either productive or destructive), experiential diversity, a sense of empowerment, and organizational boundaries. An Agile approach can help, though there are pros and cons to consider. Spotify offers a real-world example of how it works.
Smart organizations will continue to become flatter and leaner, while embracing design thinking, big data and enterprisewide agility, according to a new report that identifies the most important strategy execution trends for 2016.
As an organization transitions to Agile, executives play a key role. And they too must transition, modifying their leadership approaches as well as their operating methods. It takes dedication and work, and even the best may fall into bad habits if not careful.
What does innovation mean to your organization? How do you assess ideas and separate the “wow” from the “not now”? Here are three questions that leaders should ask when evaluating which innovative initiatives can generate real value — and which are just noise.
To turn around an organization sliding into bad project execution habits, leadership first had to agree on what “good” looked like. Only then could standards be clearly defined and translated into measurable practices that drove improvements. There’s still a long way to go, but here’s how a solid foundation was built.
Scrum Alliance CEO Manny Gonzalez discusses a newly revised mission to guide and inspire individuals, leaders and organizations with “practices, principles and values that create workplaces that are joyful, prosperous and sustainable.” In addition to a new knowledge platform, this year brings a concerted effort to strengthen existing certifications and create a career-long path of professional development, from team members to executives. [12:24]
When organizations fail to achieve strategic goals, they often fail first to prioritize and align the necessary resources. In order to execute complex initiatives, leaders must continuously evaluate teams across a range of technical and relational skills, and then empower, support and invest in people who can get it done.
Typical workforce engagement initiatives focus on unlocking discretionary effort but fail to inspire. The result, too often, is dedicated but exhausted teams. To unlock value creation and innovation, we need to better manage people’s energy, and it starts with making conversation part of the organizational fabric.
Collaboration in an agile or DevOps environment isn’t just about choosing a new technology solution. It calls for a new collaborative culture that transforms change management, team composition and workflows between development and operations. Here are 10 tips to make it happen.