One of the key challenges in being a digital leader is achieving faster integration of new technology into the way we work. Technology is changing fast; new tools, threats and opportunities are emerging constantly. It’s likely that this rate of technology innovation will continue to accelerate. As individuals, many of us are keen to adopt […]
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When we work with experienced managers new to the matrix, we often hear two main objections – how can I be accountable for results when I don’t have control, and how can I get things done when I don’t have authority? But do we really want to run our organization through control and authority? Can […]
One of the key tenets of agile methodology is that team members sit and work side-by-side, with frequent face-to-face communication. Can this technique be adapted to remote and digital working? The answer is yes, and here’s how: Project visualization As one remote engineering firm explains, online project management tools such as Trello can replace moving […]
It seems like everyone is attempting to be more ‘Agile’ nowadays. But what does this actually mean for your area of the business? If we clearly understand the underlying principles of Agile working, we can make more informed choices as to what aspects to try out in our reality. Our clients have very different definitions […]
Recently French courts ruled that a French Rentokil Director had the ‘right to disconnect’ and ordered Rentokil to pay a 60,000 euro fine. However, it is also right to disconnect – research has found that when it comes to solving complex problems, we are more innovative and effective if we are ‘intermittently on’ versus ‘always […]
Traditional project management training assumes a relatively simple people management environment. However, projects increasingly operate virtually with project team members in different locations and sometimes different cultures and time zones. Proponents of agile methodology insist that teams should be co-located and that meetings should be face-to-face, but this doesn’t match the reality of our projects. […]
As organizations seek to get the benefits of agile working, one of key practices of agile, the daily face to face stand-up meeting, is being rolled out widely. The idea originated in the tightly interdependent world of software development where small dedicated teams, where all individuals are in the same location, hold a short morning […]
Much of the focus on Agile and other new ways of working is on the team as the basic unit for getting work done. However, most work is done by individuals and most people spend most of their time working on their own deliverables. What is the place for individual empowerment and performance in this […]
Agile working brings many benefits, but a strict application of agile methodology, intended for software development and originally developed by managers in a narrow monoculture can be an expensive trap. It is useful to distinguish between organizational agility (the capability of a company to rapidly adapt in response to changes in their market) and agile […]
Self-managing teams are not new, there have been various experiments over the last 50 years in higher levels of autonomy and self-direction. Organizations like W. Gore were founded on self-managing teams. Today, however, they are really taking off as movements like Agile and organizational experiments like Holacracy and the form of self-managing teams practised at […]
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