What a Crisis can Teach you about Agile

In every crisis lie opportunities and lessons to be learnt. The covid-19 pandemic is no exception. Indeed, it is particularly suited to give us some important teachings, which can be further leveraged through agile tools. In the movie “Margin Call”(2011), Jeremy Irons plays a CEO of a small Goldman Sachs-like company. He gives a fascinating speech to Kevin Spacey in…

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Why Switzerland is Perfect for Agile

Switzerland is often regarded as a traditional country that lags behind other countries in adopting new trends and concepts, on both business and technological levels. This might explain why Switzerland has not fully embraced agility as a mindset and methodology within its companies. Surprisingly, its deep-rooted values constitute the perfect breeding ground for agility, more so than in any other…

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Agile, more than ever

Agile, more than ever

No, this is not another blog post trying to sell you the idea of “there’s also something good about this mess”. But truth be told, people don’t normally change until there’s something (like this!) pushing them towards change. It is tough, it is bad, it is hurting but maybe there is something we can do to make it better. There…

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Agile and Leadership

Having discussed the idea of Agile with lots of senior leaders, one conclusion emerged: Agile is actually a form of leadership. Actually it’s better: it’s leadership with instructions! No matter what you do, no matter how you call yourself, the only question you should be asking yourself is: what is my leadership? Why would anybody want to work with me?…

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What The World Will Look Like In 10 Years

A famous quote says “Prediction is very difficult, especially when it concerns the future” and yet the human kind never resisted the temptation to fantasize about it. The funny thing about predicting the future is that we surprisingly…generally get it right! Some details might be hard to foresee but we tend to get the big picture quite accurately. Another famous…

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They did it!

We’ve seen many fail, we’ve seen many trying and we’ve seen many succeeding! Here are some conclusions from companies who mastered the Agile practice to a level that’s good enough to yield business benefits. Sponsorship. Got someone, preferably a very senior executive to sponsor this initiative. And since this is going to make the whole organization more agile it should be…

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What is Fake about Agile?

There is no planning is Agile There is no documentation in Agile Train people on Agile and they be able to do Agile Get a coach and he/she will fix all the problems Agile only works for IT You can learn Agile by attending a training course In time you will master Agile You have to reach a superior maturity…

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Curiosity is the New Normal

More and more adults probably feel like children in a complex business world that doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before. Like children, we try to make sense of the surrounding world and the best way to do this is with a sense of curiosity. This curiosity is what allows us to gather information, try new things, and adapt our…

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The Danger of Busyness

I like to cook. Well, I don’t really like to cook, but I like the result of cooking. I don’t like the heat, the grease, the (right) ingredients (I always forget something!) or the kitchen scale which I still don’t know how to use correctly. What I like is to see the food on a plate at the end –…

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How to Take More Risks

Almost everybody I’ve ever worked with thought of me as being a bit paranoid. I kept telling them that I’m just really good at and focused on risk management. So, what is the difference between being paranoid and risk management? Being paranoid means you approach everything you do, all the projects, with the same level of paranoia. Basically, you’re scared…

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