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Just In! The Future Belongs To The Smart, Agile And Engaged (Part Two)

March 14th, 2019

What’s hot?

You don’t need to be well-read to know that we are in the midst of a significant organizational shift driven by technology that includes everything from big data to artificial intelligence.  The employee, leader and organization of tomorrow needs to be smart, agile and passionately engaged or connected.  Complex theories about what that entails, intensive organizational strategies, and expensive “fixes” are on the rise. This series of three blogs provides help that parallels what we need in our organizations – simple, powerful easy to implement approaches that make a difference.

This is blog two of three with a focus on being AGILE.







So what?

What does it take to be agile?  It’s the capacity

a) to be open (and not blind) to subtle shifts in the environment,

b) to sense and respond to change,

c) to be quick to innovate and adopt and

d) to do all of that as you do the work necessary to deliver to clients and stakeholders.

Think about this irony.  Organizations are running to get certified and trained in agile methods and technologies in extensive and intensive experiences, many of which are based on rigid processes.  That is the antithesis of being agile!

What to do?

Try this instead:

  1. Do a quick organizational assessment that provides feedback to every manager and department head. That assessment has only two questions:
    • What’s the one thing that keeps your team from being more responsive or quick to act?
    • What’s the one thing that keeps your department from being more innovative or quick to respond to changing customer/market requirements or needs?
  2. Provide each manager and department head with his/her/their feedback and a six-week deadline. Their task:
    • Tackle low hanging fruit ASAP. Identify what you think will work. Implement as soon as you are able via a quick test.  Check to see how it is working.  Adjust as necessary until you get it right.
    • Gather additional feedback about underlying issues/causes – and work to tackle those as you uncover them in the same manner as above.
    • Provide the team/organization feedback on an iterative basis as you work through the six weeks. What have you done? What have you learned? What are you learning?
    • At the six-week mark, assess how well you did, what you learned and what should be repeated and how.
  3. Do a happy dance! You’ve just implemented the basic framework of agile design and development and you did it quickly and easily.

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