Lego Serious Play for Strategy | Rob Oddi

July 17, 2017

Rob Oddi Change management expert and consultant, facilitator of Lego Serious Play, a facilitated thinking and problem-solving technique used by diverse organizations like NASA, the United Nations, Google, Fedex, and New Balance. It may seem silly at first but, according to Rob, many organizations agree that "the traditional ways of doing strategy are not working." Research suggests that your hands are connected to up to 90% of the brain cells, so getting your hands involved in strategizing, via Lego Serious Play for example, engages more of your brain power. It also helps players unleash their creativity and their metaphor abilities. It's easy to think of using Legos to represent a tower, but how about a marriage? The conversations built around the resulting 3D models takes on another dimension and enables people to get deeper into a problem, as well as potential solutions.

The one rule of Lego Serious Play? You can never question the builder; you can only question the model.

SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse (with her whirlygig) hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Supporting Leadership Through Change | Suz O’Donnell

July 5, 2017

Suz O'Donnell, Executive Change Advisor with Thrivatize, has a call to action for leaders in two parts: 1) slow down to speed up and 2) figure out what a change means to you before you bring it to your team. When it comes to lasting change (as in Agile transformation), it isn't enough to simply forward an email. Leaders need to understand how the change will affect them, as well as their careers and families even. It's also important for leaders to customize the change messaging for their reports and teams and really focus on the engagement of their employees and customers. Says Suz, "If you're not engaging your employees, they're not engaging your customers." Furthermore, pushing the change process to go faster may actually impede progress. Slowing down to speed up may mean leaders pursuing professional advisory coaching, which Suz says, "dramatically increases the speed of adoption and implementation."

SolutionsIQ's Kat Conner hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Open Space for Huge Crowds with Jake Calabrese

July 3, 2017

Who said open space was for a small crowd only? Jake Calabrese has successfully hosted open space for crowds as large as 1200 people (in San Diego for the Scrum Gathering) and for the 800 people in attendance at Mile High Agile 2017. Jake works to ensure everyone, even those on the edges, are engaged - which involves a lot of running and silliness on Jake's part.

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Agile Operations Teams with Boyd Hemphill and Christa Meck

June 30, 2017

Boyd Hemphill, CTO of Victory CTO, and Christa Meck, a ScrumMaster at Kasasa, share their experience helping operations teams through their Agile journey. Operations teams typically struggle to make and keep commitments larger than a few days due to the myriad of break fix, operational change, and tuning work that happens on a daily basis. Recorded live at Keep Austin Agile 2017.

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Mindfulness Meditation & Resiliency | Wendy Quan

June 29, 2017

Return guest, Wendy Quan is the founder of The Calm Monkey and has made mindful meditation both her life and her career. After a brush with cancer, Wendy began using mindful meditation to help her through the treatment process. After returning the work place, she began sharing her practices with colleagues, with great success. Today Wendy's career is dedicated to helping companies tap into the business benefits of clearer thinking. Research acknowledges that mindful meditation results in better clarity of mind, decision-making and dealing with others. "It can be something as simple as having a moment of quiet before a big meeting starts... even for thirty seconds or a minute."

This is Wendy's fifth time attending the Change Management conference and this year she is presenting on integrating mindfulness meditating with change management to become more resilient. She also a provides an overview of her 15-minute guided meditation "Dealing with Change."

SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Find the podcast that Wendy references on Adult Cognitive Development by William Rowden here: https://soundcloud.com/agileamped/adu...

Or watch Wendy's previous Agile Amped podcast: https://youtu.be/JBOrUP7oCq8

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Agile Team Metrics with Andy Cleff

June 28, 2017

Andy Cleff talks with us about his presentation at Mile High Agile 2017, "Agile Team Metrics - Measure Many Things" -- an interactive discussion that explores how we can remove perverse incentives from our metrics and provide healthier ways for teams to gain meaningful insights on the outcomes of their experiments. Andy reminds us that "analysis without data is just an opinion."

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Developing a Dynamic Team Charter | Chris Espy & Linda Cook

June 27, 2017

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Importance of the Change Management Standard | CEO Rick Rothermel

June 26, 2017

Rick Rothermel, CEO of LaMarsh Global, articulates for us the importance of the ACMP standard and how it has been evolving and will continue to evolve at the pace of change. Because the ecosystem of business is changing rapidly, clients want things to happen quicker, more efficiently. They also want to develop the competencies themselves rather than hire on outside vendors. These competencies include Agile, leadership, ability to sense and respond, risk-taking, etc., which Rick argues all wrap around the standard. Therefore, it is important to maintain and adhere to the standard for use both by change professionals and the clients they help.

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Applying Agile in Mapmaking with Brian Fox

June 23, 2017

Brian Fox shares experiences creating public-use maps for the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) using Agile. Four years ago NGTOC embarked on a journey to adopt Agile methods within their Systems Development Branch to ensure development activities can better support the Center and users of the National Map.

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What Does the Agile Manager Actually Do with Dave Sharrock

June 22, 2017

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Benefits and Evolution of ACMP | Amy Haworth

June 21, 2017

Amy Haworth is a passionate member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) as well as a hiring manager at Citrix who is excited for the new Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) certification that ACMP now offers. For Amy, this certification helps her validate the capabilities and strengths of her hires. Amy also touches on how different the industry would be without the ACMP as well as some of the important conversations that the change industry need to be having today, namely: focusing on building resilience as a capability and changing our communication and language from top-down change toward a more peer-to-peer collaborative model, which has implications for how you craft your change management plan.

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Product Management in Agile Orgs with Melissa Perri

June 20, 2017

Are you building what your customers want, or are you just building? Many companies, old and new alike, fall into “the Build Trap,” building feature after feature without stopping to validate whether it’s what customers truly want and need. Melissa Perri advocates for using product management to help companies get out of that trap, because product managers look at the company goals, set product goals in alignment with the overarching objectives, and ask, “Where do we optimize this? And do these products help meet our users’ needs?”

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Agile Roundtable Roulette at Keep Austin Agile

June 19, 2017

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Virtues of an Agile Coach with Dhaval Panchal

June 15, 2017

What does it mean to be an Agile Coach. It's more than just doing coaching acts (facilitate meetings, provide guidance), but these are purely mechanical. CST at Agile 42, Dhaval says what really matters in Agile coaching is what you do when no one is looking, because "that is what is driving you to become better at your own craft." Dhaval invokes Aristotle and the notion of Virtues to help guide us on our path to becoming better Agile Coaches.

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The Visual Story of Change | Drew Mattison

June 14, 2017

Visualizing work is something that Agilists are quite familiar with, but visualizing outcomes, in particular of large-scale change, is what Drew Mattison from XPLANE sits down with Agile Amped to discuss. Drew shares "the visual story of change" -- a powerful tool that can operate like a visual roadmap of not just the end state, but how to get there. Visualization takes the conversation from "Here's what we should do" to "Here's the work that we're doing."

SolutionsIQ's CTO Evan Campbell hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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5 Steps to Disruptive Innovation with Sanjiv Augustine

June 13, 2017

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Experiencing Agile with Tricia Broderick

June 12, 2017

Too often Agilists make pronouncements to their clients expecting them to be instantly true: no more multitasking, we are now Agile, you are now empowered. As anyone can attest, it’s one thing to say something like this and really another to make it true. Tricia Broderick, a CST with Agile for All, wants people to experience Agile first hand. Tricia uses hands-on experiences and exercises to drive home meaning, with exercises as simple as writing with your non-dominant hand. That shift is more real than simply saying, “Starting today, you’ll write with your non-dominant hand.” What this does is open people up to engage more, and that’s something that can help Agile become more tangible and concrete for people.

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Digital Transformation and Culture Change | Jo Grubb

June 9, 2017

Jo Grubb says nearly 50% of business leaders forecast that, in just five years, their business models will cease to exist. That means huge transformations, even for companies as large as her employer, Microsoft, where Jo is in Global Adoption and Change Management. Jo shares her thoughts and experiences on digital transformations, what it implies and how every organization regardless of size has to deal with the challenges and opportunities that accompany it, including big data, culture change and market disruptions.

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Projects are Evil with David Hawks

June 8, 2017

David Hawks is the CEO of Agile Velocity based out of Austin, TX, and he is a ardent proponent for abandoning the "project" mentality and moving to a value-driven approach to product development. "Projects are a waterfall container" that typically have a fixed date and scope. And data suggests that most of the products that result out of projects aren't even used in the end. David says that's because projects are developed at the beginning -- when we have the least amount of information -- and designed with what David calls "a mythical certainty."

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Using Scrum at Home with Aaron Vadakkan

June 7, 2017

14-year-old Aaron Vadakkan uses Scrum at home and visualizes work with his family using a task board. Who's the Product Owner of this family Scrum team? Mom, of course. Meanwhile, Dad Manoj is co-presenter of "Saved by Scrum" with Aaron at Mile High Agile 2017.

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The Neuroscience of Resilience | Bill Hefferman

June 6, 2017

Bill Hefferman is an Organization Consultant at PeopleFirm, and he is presenting on "Resilience and Thriving in the Face of Change and Adversity" at Change Management 2017. Bill dives into the neuroscience of resilience, how resilience is hardwired into all of our brains, that we can fall "below the line" of resilience in trying situations, but that there are techniques and tools at our disposal to restore our natural resilience in the face of change. Bill's go-to method is empathy and compassion. There are also powerful questions you can ask to help yourself and others become aware of your own resilience, such as:
- How can I learn from this stress?
- Who do I reach out to get help in this situation?
- Who else is frustrated about something that I can help with?

Resilience is so crucial today because we are immersed in a constantly changing world and because, as Bill puts it, "life is just one long string of resilience practice after resilience practice." That means it's within our grasp to become more resilient over time.

SolutionsIQ's Kat Conner hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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What’s Your Change Intelligence (CQ)? | Barbara

June 5, 2017

Change Intelligence (CQ) is evidenced by how people approach change. It's also the title of Barbara Trautlein's book and cultivating it in others is her life's work. Barbara offers an easy-to-use paradigm for determining whether a person uses their heart, head or hands to effect change, and she identifies the strengths and weakness of each approach. Change agents who lead from the heart connect with people more readily but may have difficulty challenging others to surpass themselves. Change agents who lead from the head are visionaries, strategists with brilliant ideas but may lack the ability to tactically enact change. Finally, change agents who lead from the hands who can quickly come up with the, tactics, tools and process, but this can frequently become an obstacle where leading from the heart or head would be better.

Barbara also shares how resistance in an organization may be less about people resisting change and more about how leaders are leading. "What looks like resistance in others is information that a change leader can use" to determine whether they need to engage more of their heart (e.g., by building trust), their heads (e.g., by clarifying the vision) or their hands (e.g., by removing obstacles or providing tools/training).

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Ten Essential Scaling Patterns with Dean Leffingwell

June 2, 2017

Dean Leffingwell, author, serial entrepreneur, and creator of the Scaled Agile Framework, discusses the "Ten Essential Scaling Patterns We Can (Probably) All Agree On," his keynote presentation for Mile High Agile 2017.

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Reinventing the Leader Readiness Checklist | Keely Killpack

June 2, 2017

Author of "Change Rx for Healthcare" Keely Killpack shares the three components of overall change management: change readiness, the process of change management, and change adoption. Keely shares her experiences working as a change professional most recently in the healthcare sector, the topic of her book, which offers tools, like the Leader Readiness Checklist, that change agents and Agilists in any industry can use to help leaders effectively manage and lead through change.

SolutionsIQ's Leslie Morse hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Leading with Noble Purpose | Lisa Earle McLeod

June 1, 2017

Lisa Earle McLeod is the opening keynote speaker at Change Management 2017 and the author of "Leading with Noble Purpose." Lisa helps clients identify their noble purpose -- that is, how do they impact the lives of their customers? "When you make customer impact your noble purpose," says Lisa, "you actually make more money... Purpose-driven companies outperform the market by over 350%." Too often, companies are too attached to their business model, which "will destroy you." Lisa makes a compelling comparison between Blockbuster's attachment to its retail model and Netflix's dedication to bringing great entertainment to customers.

As a bonus, Lisa touches on how "the ability to attract top talent has become [a market] differentiator" for businesses today.

SolutionsIQ's Evan Campbell hosts at Change Management 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Creating a Thriving Global Community | Maria Widström

May 31, 2017

Maria Widström is a change management consultant from Stockholm, Sweden, who has been an active member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) for five years. Recently she has been working on an outreach and volunteer program. Maria was excited to participate in a global Change Management conference a few years ago but decided it was time to create an ACMP chapter in Sweden. Today the group has 60 members. While focusing on local change management opportunities and needs, Maria and the Sweden ACMP Chapter appreciate how connected the global community is and how improvements and innovations in one region can spawn the same all over the world because "people are people." Maria adds, "We are living in a world with an increasing amount of change" so everyone needs to be more intelligent about how they approach it in organizations of all types.

Want to get involved? Become an ACMP member (http://www.acmpconference.com/cm2017/...). Already a member and want to do more for your own community? Start your own local chapter.

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User Stories I David Wylie

May 5, 2017

It's a card, for a conversation.

User stories have been around for quite some time, and are often misunderstood.  In this episode learn from the wisdom of a 27+ year veteran developer/manager/consultant David Wylie on what makes a good user story, who writes them, and when. We also talk about Acceptance criteria, story splitting and what a user story is not. 

 

Listen in. I bet there is something to learn. 

 

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Adult Cognitive Development and the Agile Mindset with William Rowden

April 24, 2017

The science of Adult Cognitive Development has been around for quite some time, but William Rowden maps that science to the Agile Mindset and an Agile Transformation. His insights are fascinating and help him identify behaviors that are not aligned with an Agile mindset, and how to help his clients move in the correct development direction.  William is speaking not from theory, but from practical application within clients in the US, China and Mexico. 

Below, is the graphic (based on Robert Kegan's work) that William uses to illustrate the cognitive developmental stages and how it aligns to Agile transformation.

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Storytelling Visualization with Stuart Young and Alan Dayley

April 15, 2017

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but can you draw one?  Stuart Young is a super talented graphic visualization artist that captures meeting minutes "on big paper on a wall" live at Agile conferences around the globe.  He also teaches a course on how to draw - even for those that believe they cannot.   In this episode we talk about why imagery is important, and Stuart's techniques for teaching people how to draw meaning. Alan Dayley joins us and provides his perspective as he took the course from Stuart and is putting the techniques into practice daily as an Agile coach and trainer.  Enjoy!

 

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The ScrumMaster Way with Zuzi Sochova

April 15, 2017

We all know what the ScrumMaster role is supposed to be, but do you want to be a great ScrumMaster? Zuzi Sochova and I talk about the role of a ScrumMaster as a career.  She sees the SM as a change agent for the organization and so much more. Zuzi reminds us that one of the most important traits of a great ScrumMaster is passion for Agile itself. 

 

More information on Zuzi Sochova can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/zuzka/

 

Her book, The Great Scrummaster is available  here: https://www.amazon.com/Great-ScrumMaster-ScrumMasterWay-Addison-Wesley-Signature/dp/013465711X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492255754&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=zuzi+sochova

  

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Definition of Done with Lance Kind

April 6, 2017

The Definition of Done is one of the higher searched glosary terms on the SolutionsIQ site, so we decided to take a few moments and talk InDepth.  Lance Kind spends some time helping us understand the origin of the term, why it's important. He als ogives a new scrum team some tips on what kind of items would be in ( or not in) a typical definition of done. 

He uses the analogy of "washing you hands" to help us understand how things we believe to mean one thing, might mean another. 

 

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Measuring Business Value of Agile with Adam Asch

April 3, 2017

Moving from waterfall to agile is a big topic with many facets to consider.  Managing consultant Adam Asch takes on a listener question-"How to measure business value of moving to agile for both software development  and business processes"   We talk about when companys should, and shouldn't make the move, and provide insights into many of the costs and benefits of such a move.  We talk about the the move from project management to product management, faster feedback loops, and the human side of agile. There is a ton to cover in a short time... so buckle up. 

 

 
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High Performing Agile Teams with Yasser Farra

March 28, 2017

High Performing Agile teams seems to be what everyone wants - but do you know what is means and what it takes to get there?  Yasser Farra talks about his perspective of high performing teams and how to help create them.  He gives us some helpful tips on team make up and dynamics, team environment, and more.   We also spend some time at the end of the episode talking about the upcoming Keep Austin Agile conference.  

 

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Amber King Champions Self-Selection for Happy Teams

March 23, 2017

Amber King is a fan of team self-selection, which, in her experience, yields happier, more empowered, more productive teams. Amber shares her story working at Opower where the company decided to do an experiment: the goal would be to do what's best for the company, but individuals get to choose what they work on and with whom. The experience was positive and powerful for the company, where 40 people took two and a half hours to form 6 teams. Amber advocates for allowing time for the questions and concerns that will arise, including fear of being picked last. But Amber doesn't find that to happen: "You're picking yourself, you're not getting picked." The goal is "getting people to the point where it's safe enough to try."

Amber also provides some tips for running a successful team self-selection event as well as a clear business case for letting team members choose each other and themselves, including: less work for already bogged-down managers; fewer unhappy teams; and happier, more productive teams.

SolutionsIQ's Kat Conner hosts at Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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Karen Favazza Spencer’s 3 Faces of Environments and How They Affect Work

March 22, 2017

Karen Favazza Spencer hears the echoes of the pioneering experiential learning psychologists from a hundred years ago in today’s Business Agility movement. Drawing on the wisdom of both 20th and 21st century neuroscience, Karen penned an Agile primer called “The Agile ABC Book” (http://agilekindergarten.com/store/pr...) that leverages visual cues and heuristics. Using another heuristic or two, Karen shares her approach to effecting positive change in challenging work environments. She calls it, the “three faces of environment”:

1. Physical Environment: This is the shared space in which humans have evolved, and today this includes the virtual environment as well as physical because people work both in offices and online. Karen’s mantra for improving the physical environment: “manipulate and manifest.”

2. Psychological Environment – Karen’s mantra here is “feedback and feelings”. To get the results you’re driving toward, “you need to make sure you put in structures … to improve communications” and creates a safe environment in which to collaborate.

3. Process Environment, aka our story space – Karen says, “Stories are the operating systems of our minds.” Since everyone is the protagonist of their own lives, our actions are dictated by our understanding of the story as it relates to us personally: What are our roles? What are the rules? These internal stories may not be reflective of organizational intent but our interpretation governs our behavior. These rules, these head stories are often the biggest obstacles for individuals to overcome. The business also often has a narrative that is inconsistent with their stated mission, such as “we value work-life balance, but you must work 20 hours a week overtime.” Consequently, achieving clarity and buy-in on the “roles and rules” of a consistent and well understood narrative is critical to success.

SolutionsIQ's Kat Conner hosts at Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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Renee Troughton on Uncomfortable Conversations and Agile Transformations

March 21, 2017

Enterprise Agile coach Renee Troughton believes that pessimism and optimism are additive: lots of horrible moments can give you a pessimistic outlook, while lots of positive moments can yield an optimistic one. "We ride this pessimistic and optimistic wave as individuals based upon the moments that we have in conversations everyday." Perspective shapes how feedback is received -- and that can make an uncomfortable conversation out of sharing simple feedback.

Too often, though, feedback is imposed on people by HR in a performance review, which Renee thinks often comes across as "disrespectful". Instead, people should be able to communicate to each other the feedback they have. The ideal is to create an environment where feedback is welcome and not delivered in a disrespectful manner. Renee champions patience, mindfulness of how you come across, respect and optimism because when people are ready for feedback, they will seek it out. She recommends having a conversation and, if you're the one providing the feedback, be aware of what your body language is communicating.

SolutionsIQ's Josh Fruit hosts at Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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Katy Saulpaugh’s Survival Guide for Agile Reorgs and Culture Change

March 17, 2017

Katy Saulpaugh started out in change management before becoming an Agile coach. Today she applies her previous knowledge and experience to the field of Agile transformations. In her Business Agility 2017 talk "Agile Reorgs: A Survival Guide", she outlines how to approach reorgs for Agile teams and minimize the pain using change management techniques.

Change management offers much to the Agile industry and vice versa, so Katy finds her work helps many organizations bridge the gap between the two. Here she offers best practices and insights for communication around change initiatives like Agile transformation, including:
- Communicate more often because silence only reinforces fear.
- Create and maintain feedback loops with frequent bite-sized communication chunks.
- Create alignment around why transform and how Agile is a means to that end.
- Get everyone involved in the conversation.
- Avoid sharing scary change through email; in person is best.

Katy also shares a powerful change management tool: the change network. This is a group of highly engaged people who are not on the management team, and yet they’re influential. Katy says, "If you don’t engage them, they may leave the organization. If they’re not part of what you’re trying to do, they can derail things. At the same time, they’re your greatest assets." But how do you identify them? "Communities of practice [which includes] people who have self-selected and willing to learn more and spend time to learn more."

SolutionsIQ's Josh Fruit hosts at Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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Dan Montgomery on Combatting Complexity with Simplicity

March 16, 2017

Coach and consultant at Agile Strategies Dan Montgomery offers his insights on three problems with strategic planning today:

1. With all the effort put into planning, the resulting plan is immediately obsolete. Leaders bring in consultants to create an executable plan assuming that the goal won't shift during the long execution process.

2. Because the change is dictated from the top, even Agile transformations aren't Agile in that they don't engage all of the stakeholders in determining the solution. Instead, change management is used to impose the solution on the lower echelons.

3. After all the planning, there's just too much to get done. Agile says, "Start less, finish more" and pull from a backlog. But org plans are so full of details, people get overwhelmed.

Dan suggests combatting complexity with simplicity: "Boil it down to a few small rules people can follow and then let them innovate, let them come up with the details."

SolutionsIQ Chief Technical Officer Evan Campbell hosts at the inaugural Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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Author Andrea Fryrear: Agile is Our Only Hope for Modern Marketing

March 15, 2017

Given the growing level of complexity, scope and audience involvement, from Andrea Fryrear's perspective, "Agile is our only hope" for modern-day marketing. Her book "Death of a Marketer"(due for release in March 2017) takes a look at the trajectory and cycles of marketing and where it is now. In the book Andrea argues that Agile is the stage in evolution where marketing is at.

At Business Agility 2017, Andrea is presenting "A Common Sense Journey into Agile Marketing", in which she shares her experience of the first transformation with her marketing team. She highlights that Agile approaches that work for development teams don't necessarily work for marketing teams: "Because [of] of our challenges, our team structure, our skill sets, it's really hard to create a truly cross-functional marketer, whereas you can get that in a development team much more easily." Development teams gravitate to Scrum, which builds on cross-functional team members, whereas Agile marketers find more utility with Lean and Kanban.

SolutionsIQ Marketing Strategist Roxi Ozolins hosts at Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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Doug Kirkpatrick on Morningstar, Self-Management and the Management Tax

March 14, 2017

27 years ago, the founder of Morningstar sat his then-small staff down to share his idea for core principles as a foundation that they could grow an enterprise upon. Organizational consultant Doug Kirkpatrick was in that small group, and today Morningstar's two founding principles are still at the core of what is now the largest demand processor in the world:

1. People shouldn’t use force or coercion against each other.
2. People should honor the commitments they make to each other.

Doug has turned his experience into a career, having authored "Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization" and begun the Self-Management institute.

The interest in updating organizational management has exploded worldwide, driven in part by technology but also by people's desire to enjoy their work and be autonomous and self-managing. Leaders are now looking around at how the world of work is changing and realizing that they need to understand this change because it affects their business. Doug offers advice to executives and middle managers, and also shares his thoughts on Gary Hamil's "management tax".

SolutionsIQ's Josh Fruit hosts at Business Agility 2017 in New York City.

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