Our new eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success, is out and available to help you through your change programme. We'll be publishing one chapter each month in our blog. Chapter Two, Purpose-Driven Methodologies is below, or feel free to download the eBook in its entirety here. The chapters will be followed by a webinar to discuss issues raised by that section.
The Agile Prague Conference, the 16th and 17th of September, will feature over 30 international speakers. The event fosters a collaborative environment between speakers and attendees and ultimately this
knowledge-sharing leads to a better understanding of agile and how to put it into practice. My keynote presentation is The Organisational Journey to Business Agility. I will be discussing how it is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an agile and adaptive response for businesses to survive. However, it is quite another thing to recognise what an agile and adaptive organisation looks like in reality.
When I was writing this blog, one of my favourite songs from the 90s, and even still, came up on my playlist – The Future of the Future by Deep Dish, featuring Everything but the Girl. I am not sure if the lyrics
about unrequited love have much to do with rapidly changing technology and keeping pace with it, but they made me think even harder about the disruptive times we live in and how organisations can cope.
- Professor, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
- Previously Senior Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Executive Director, MIT Engineering Systems Learning Center
"In reality, this is a culture change on a massive scale. It is a shift to a culture that can see the value in recognizing ‘disconnects’ with customers. It is a shift to a culture where frontline workers have the skills and motivation to conduct root-cause analysis.It is a shift to a culture in which learning is seen as central to business success, not just an add-on activity.
Manufacturing, the birthplace of Lean, has contributed a great deal to the ideas of flow, just-in-time processes, respect for people and shaping a management system that now dominates much of the manufacturing world.
How does adaptability work? How does it make a business more profitable? I'm asked these and related questions almost daily.
Right across the board, today’s customers are demanding greater and greater choice. To stay successful in a rapidly changing climate, organisations must not only confront and deal with this demand for choice, they must design a corporate culture which actively embraces it.
Blame: an interesting area of psychology, a legally authorised social mechanism, and a fairly baffling human quirk.
Employees are the lifeblood of an organisation. We all know this. The combination of personalities, quirks, skills, and imagination are what sets one organisational identity apart from another.
During times of change, your unique work-climate is more vital than ever.
However, it is well known that organisations often falter when this delicate harmony is interrupted. Ruffle the feathers of a team, and the results can be devastating.
Everyone wants a step-by-step action plan on how to perfect business change. However, anyone who claims to be able to provide neat, tidy one-size strategies is mistaken.
Powerful and meaningful change is about developing the skills that most of us have, but that few of us use. The skills that unlock productivity, efficiency, and vision are often the least tangible but the most important.
In change management, precision is about seeing the bigger picture. These three techniques can help you do this: