Think of a Meeting as a Process

For years, we heard from our clients about their love-hate relationship with meetings. Meetings are critical not only to our work with others, but they a core to just about every organization’s success. In our research, we found hundreds of very tactical recommendations; but we did not find any overall, structured approach to meetings. This article recommends Thinking of a Meeting as a Process.

How To Adopt Agile Business Practices: A SAFe 5.0 Flyby

Determining how to adopt agile business practices is best aided by a comprehensive framework. In SAFe 5.0 Flyby (Part 2) we build on a conceptual foundation of Lean-Agile utilizing 7 group areas to structure and understand more than 100 elements of the scalable, comprehensive SAFe approach. Part 2 of a 2 part series.

How To Adopt Agile Business Practices: Basic Concepts

Determining how to adopt agile business practices is best aided by a comprehensive framework. We like the scaled agile framework (SAFe) starting with an Lean-Agile mindset (Basic Concepts). Part 1 builds a conceptual foundation for a scalable approach is characterized and supported by more than 100 elements (SAFe 5.0 Flyby). Part 1 of a 2 part series.

Getting to Your Next-Normal

Getting to the next-normal requires 3 key, but common, building blocks: a stress-tested strategy, a vision and an adaptive roadmap. And, requires three dynamic capabilities: Agile leadership for organizational adaptability, Scenarios to bound uncertainty, and Supply Chain for operational resilience

Results’ Catalyst- Leading and Managing Change

Leading and managing change can successfully catalyze results, but it requires an integrated approach including: 1) support of individual change; 2) support of organizational change; 3) nimble planning and execution; and, 4) relentless integration

Why Agile Management? Because it is an increasingly VUCA world

Agile is an effective approach to managing in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world. We share how to think about uncertainty through the lens of the Cynefin framework’s domains of simple, complicated, complex and chaotic. And, we illustrate several management approaches mapped to the Cynefin frame

Safe Execution: Business-IT risk discussion

Getting away from C-I-NO! Discuss Business-IT risk more rationally by considering the 4A’s of Availability (of business processes), Access (by the right people), Accuracy (of the information) and Agility (of change). But the most critical element is start the dialogue with IT.

The Calculus of Capabilities- An integrated maturity model

We present two foundational, integrated maturity frameworks as a follow-up to our previous post “The Calculus of Capabilities“, where we explored various capability maturity models (CMMs) by reverse engineering nearly 20 common CMMs.

2012 Year-end Favorites- An Overview

One of our mostly-annual series of what we found as our favorites for the year. This year’s year-end favorite categories include Business + Economics, Management, Change Leadership, Book, Engagement, and Your Favorite Post (most visited)

Improved Vetting: Social-Business-Inside-The-Enterprise Case Study

Social business methodologies applied inside the enterprise are highlighted in this case study. The case study shares how the engagement delivered on two fronts: 1) business outcomes (WHAT) and 2) social business outcomes (HOW- including capability building). The vetting process engaged a mix of remote (world-wide) and face-to-face (local) leaders and staff very early in the spin-out’s lifecycle, further accelerating the change.