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ACE! 2020 Conference: Creating a Collaboration System for a Global Cloud Company

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 9, 2020 1:41:13 PM

Due to Covid-19 crisis, this year's ACE! conference will now take place the 17th and 18th of September online and will be live streamed.This year's theme is 'Building Software. Building Better Products.' My presentation will focus on how I've helped a global cloud company develop its worldwide collaboration system to manage the new business, with start-up influences, while responding to the corporate and the marketplace to grow at-scale.

 If you'd like a 10% discount code, please get in touch stephen.parry@lloydparry.com or via LinkedIn.

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Topics: Adaptive Business, Agile, Cloud Services, Big Picture Collaboration, ACE!2020 Conference

Changing the Way you Change: A New Form of Business Adaptation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 3, 2020 12:37:36 PM

Over the last 10 years for a multitude of social, economic and technological reasons, organisations are under pressure to change rapidly.  Executives are demanding the adoption of ever-increasing quick fixes and practices, resulting in more fragmentation and confusion amongst staff, managers and customers.

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Topics: Lean, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Management and Training, Operating Strategy, Digital Transformation

Does Business Agility need Agile or Vice Versa?

Posted by Stephen Parry on Jan 16, 2020 3:22:19 PM

Does Business Agility need Agile or Vice Versa?

Getting the answer right is critical if you want to create an organisation that has sustainable business agility and adaptability or to take your organisation to even greater heights.

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Topics: Lean, Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Podcast: Achieving Business Agility and Adaptability

Posted by Stephen Parry on Nov 20, 2019 6:32:45 PM

Business Agility is the buzzphrase heard in many organisations today. It has a different meaning to what most people assume, and more importantly, it simply is not Agile scaled-up.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Diagnosis + Prognosis: Unlocking your Organisation's Ability to Adapt

Posted by Stephen Parry on Nov 4, 2019 4:23:44 PM

Most traditional improvement tools and strategies are frequently ineffective and in many cases are applied for the wrong reasons.  This isn't to say, however, that you have to reinvent the wheel in order to be adaptive.  Many tools, when used in an adaptive business strategy - such as Business Agility, Lean, and Agile, can help you unlock entirely new capabilities and equip your workforce with the abilities it needs to face new demands, head-on. You must diagnose your business, make a prognosis, and create a work-climate that quickly adapts if your business is going to thrive.

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Topics: Change Leadership, Lean, Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

The Making of Monsters: Bad Hybrid Models

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 31, 2019 11:40:03 AM

One frustrated and frightened change-team leader attempting to use Agile and other change methods to create Business Agility recently said to me, “I feel like Victor Frankenstein. I think we’ve created something awful, combing all of these different tools; it’s not what we intended. We’re now being confronted by the monster and I fear our business isn’t going to survive.”

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, business agility, Agile, Organizational Transformation, Change Architect, Change Maker

Stephen Parry at the Agile Coaching Exchange

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 22, 2019 12:42:45 PM

The Agile Coaching Exchange (ACE) was established in 2012 and is a meet up group for Agile practitioners in the greater London area, and it features some of the best and most creative speakers, thinkers and doers the community offers. Stephen is delighted to be speaking to the group on Wednesday, the 23rd of October, in London. Creating organisations that work for Lean and Agile thinking people is the theme of his talk. 

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Mission Critical: Capturing Emerging Customer Needs

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 11, 2019 1:52:14 PM

It is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an agile and adaptive response from businesses so that they can survive. While many companies seek to use these technologies to understand customers and create evermore elaborate marketing strategies, applying the technologies to redesign organisations and the world of work are less understood. Most companies simply design the people roles to serve the technologies and then the technology becomes the master.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, business agility, Agile

Changemakers can be Internal Revolutionaries when it comes to Transforming an Overburdened Organisation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 18, 2019 12:56:04 PM

It’s taken a while but medium to large organisations have finally come to realise they need to change to compete and survive in a marketplace filled with small, more nimble competitors.

However, it's become apparent to me that many change programs hit a wall when it comes to implementation. They have the best of intentions but lack some key competencies.

Here’s how it generally plays out:

During a transformation, a manager continues running their department as per usual. They have typical departmental challenges and workloads, but the managers are often tasked with implementing the new change program in addition to their daily workload. While clamouring to get their job done and respond to the challenges of the change program, managers get overburdened and frustrated.

Managers are often tasked with implementing the

new change program in addition to their daily workload.

When it all starts to fall apart, they reach out in desperation for a quick fix and the trap is sprung. Why? Because there are no quick fixes when it comes to implementing a change program. However, they try anyway and set in motion a downward spiral that many fail to recover from.

Let’s take a closer look at what happens to the program during the death spiral:

Those beleaguered managers get frustrated because they’re being asked to do a job they are not qualified to do. Managing change requires a skillset many managers just do not possess. So, investing in management and leadership competency is the simple countermeasure.

Most change programs fail when the complexity exceeds the competency of the managers. That's why they choose quick fixes instead. Ultimately, if and when the change initiative fails, the program gets blamed.

The Lloyd Parry Adaptive Business Approach

As part of our change competency plan, we actively build change-skills development into our program and create changemakers that can deploy effectively. These changemakers become internal revolutionaries who see the organisation as it is and where it needs to be, thereby gaining the courage necessary to speak truth to power.

Providing a realistic picture of change issues is not finger-pointing. What we teach them is that they need to cut through the culture and find clarity about where the real issues are that are killing the organisation.

Creating changemakers includes education and hands-on training on how to manage change, how to manage the politics of change and how to manage the range of emotions that arise from them and others in the organisation.

In truth, these changemakers turn everyone in the organisation into agents of local change. Changing the business is an ongoing process.  Change is a state of mind not a project plan. Once an organisation understands this and develops changemakers, change will come more easily.

I discuss more about this topic in an Agile Amped podcast.  Click here to listen. 

If you would like to have a 1-to-1 call for some advice on creating change makers in your organisation, please get in touch.


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Topics: Adaptability, IT Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Podcast

Business Agility: Adaptability is the Primary Business Behaviour

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 14, 2019 4:03:46 PM

It is easy to point out that changing technologies, revised business models and increased competition demand an adaptive response from businesses in order to survive. It is quite another thing to recognise what an adaptive organisation looks like in practice. 

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Topics: IT Business, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

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