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Hello, I Am Agile – Words Matter

As the Agile movement has become mainstream, common vocabulary associated with the philosophy also has become mainstream. However, as more and more people use these words, their meaning appears to occasionally drift. This is a common occurrence in movements like Agile as people co-opt terms to appear in alignment with a philosophy without actually changing...
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What Changed Today? Your Business Success Could Depend on the Answer

“Change” used to happen to other people. Our forbearers would be born, go to school, grow up and, upon completing their schooling, either begin work on the family farm or in the family craft shop, or get a job at or factory where they would work until they retired. These times are past, of course....
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Work Life Doesn’t Have to Suck

  Work life doesn’t have to suck. I don’t care what kind of organization you lead — I don’t care what kind it may be, how big it may be, what you do, or where you may be in some larger hierarchy — you can make that organization that you have the good fortune to...
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Agile-Driven Priority and Time Management

In a previous post, “Focus, Dude!”  we identified one of the rules of agile leadership: focus. There are things you can do something about things you cannot – it’s important to distinguish between the two and treat them differently. One critical mental discipline that agile leaders practice is being proactive. If you’re waiting for a...
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Focus, Dude!

One of the first rules of agile leadership is focus. There are things you can do something about, and there are things you cannot, and you need to distinguish between the two and treat them differently. Of all the things that may be of concern to you, you need to distinguish between those things that...
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Organizational Traits of a Great Place to Work

The organizational traits that make any place a great place to work are not many. They are not complicated. They are universally applicable. There are five, and they are: People feel that they are doing valuable work. Whether their work puts them in the limelight, or keeps them behind the scenes, people need to see...
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Organizational Culture – The Equations

Perhaps you’ve seen the equation we’ve adopted at agilityIRL as a shorthand definition of organizational agility: Organizational Agility = Process Agility x Cultural Agility The multiplication sign reminds us of two very important things.  First, it reminds us that process and culture are interdependent.  Second, it reminds us that anything times zero is zero. In fact, an...
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Organization as a System

I don’t care what kind of organization you lead — I don’t care what kind it may be, how big it may be, what you do, or what your station may be in some larger hierarchy — the conditions that give rise to resistance to change (or put another way, the conditions that are creating...
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