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Jim Mora on Management and Corporate Restructuring

There are a number of great anecdotes and quotes associated with American Football.  From Vince Lombardi, “What the hell is going on out there?” to Dick Butkus, “I only cheat in league games,” to Randy Moss’ “Straight cash, homie!” the characters of the game have provided us with a number of memorable one-liners and stories....
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The Key to Successful Remote Retrospectives

In the last year, innumerable blogs have been written about how to do everything remotely.  On those days when our glass is half-full and COVID fatigue is low, we can appreciate that we live in a time with advanced remote working capabilities.  Despite our preference for colocation and face-to-face communication, Scrum teams are beneficiaries of...
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What La Tortuga Can Teach Us About Agile

As a sports fan, I enjoy watching a number of different sports. One of my favorites; however, is baseball. I played the game when I was younger and have always enjoyed the strategy of it. Should we bunt here? We could steal, but if we’re caught, that ends the inning. Is it time to pull...
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agilityIRL: Welcome to Agility In-Real-Life

At agilityIRL, we’re focused on helping teams, leaders, and organizations become Agile—in real life. If you’re ready to become Agile via a whole-system approach that changes both the mechanics and culture by which you work, you’ve come to the right place. We’re glad you’re here. Welcome! We’re Proud to Launch Our New Website Welcome to...
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Employing Agile in an FDA Regulated Environment

Is yours is an environment regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and thus also a corporate Quality Management System (QMS)? CARS is a certification program that will teach field-proven practices for incorporating Agile in an FDA regulated and QMS governed environment.
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Micro & Macro Agility

You’re going through your day as you always have for so many years, you go to perform a task that requires a little extra exertion, and you fall to the floor. The presenting cause is evident to the first responders—you’ve suffered a cardiac episode. The cardiologist diagnoses you as having arteriosclerosis and schedules you for...
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Your Methodology Thinks You’re Dumb Or Why You Should Consider a Framework

I mean it – your methodology does think you’re dumb. It doesn’t trust you, doesn’t believe that you can think for yourself, and doesn’t want you to inspect and adapt based on your current circumstances. A methodology is a prescribed series of steps that must be completed to encourage the successful completion of a goal....
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Characteristics of an Agile Organization

Based on our decades of experience in creating organizational agility in real life, we’ve found that there are six characteristics that agile organizations possess. First, and foremost, agile organizations start with, “Why?” Agile organizations understand the purpose of their work—the noble purpose of their work. Achieving an ROI or EBITDA or EPS does not mobilize...
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Idiots in the Agile Movement

I worry that the Agile Movement is suffering from what I have come to call the “specialist syndrome,” and I worry about it growing into a plague. When I teach my class, “Design for Organizational Agility,” I talk about an organizational disease called the “specialist syndrome.” When what someone is doing and how they are...
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