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Agile Leadership Articles

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Agile Top Tip – How to set personal goals that align with organisational goals

The start of the year feels like a natural point to set goals, both personally and at a team or orga…

Agile Top Tip – How to make goals specific

How do you make goals specific? In this video, John McFadyen shares his recommendation for making go…

Agile Top Tip – How to make sure goals are realistic

It can be easy to be over-optimistic when setting goals, leading to targets that aren’t attain…

Agile Top Tip – How to manage (and set) goals in a volatile world

Goals can be great to give us direction and keep us accountable. But in such a volatile world, you m…

Agile Top Tip – What do you do when a goal becomes obsolete?

What do you do when a goal becomes obsolete? The nature of today’s business climate means that…

The Definitive Guide to Scrum Training

Why take Scrum training? Scrum may appear simple at first, but it is deceptively difficult to do wel…

How Agility has Moved Outside the IT Industry and is Shaping Top Companies Around the World

For many, the mention of the word agile conjures up images of software engineers, stickie notes…

6 Proven Ways to Make your Organization More Agile

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries organizations saw great leaps forwards in t…

The 6 Enablers of Business Agility – Creating the Organizational Operating system for Success

We live in a world that is more interconnected, more volatile, and more unpredictable than at a…

5 Levers for Changing Organisational Culture
5 Levers for Changing Organisational Culture

Organisational culture is one of the most powerful, and misunderstood, concepts around. Leaders and …

On Agile Mastery
On Agile and Mastery

I’m lucky enough to find my job professionally satisfying. That’s because I think the line of work I…

Creating Alignment and Autonomy

We know from Dan Pink’s work that high levels of autonomy are a powerful contributor to motivation. …

There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers in Your Office

An ancient part of our brains that existed to keep us alive in a world of danger has evolved. But ra…

The SCARF Model – How it affects agile teams

In the previous article ‘There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers In Your Office‘, we discussed ho…

Agile Coaching Capability

I’m a bit of a rugby fan and often find myself wanting to run out with the lads, moving through the …

Innovation
Innovation versus Protectionism

The last time we suffered a global pandemic that brought the world to its knees was in 1918. A littl…

I’m in a Theory X Team, Get Me Out Of Here!

For 20 years, ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” has been a staple of the UK pre-Christmas …

Where did you get that hat?

In my previous blog post, “Where are all the managers in Agile?”, I discussed why agile doesn’t need…

Where are all the managers in Agile?

The heart of agile is described in the few words of the Agile Manifesto and its accompanying princip…

Bring rigour to your thinking

“Belief is so often the death of reason” – Lord Varys, Master of Whisperers – Game of Thrones …

Intention Versus Strategy

Part of our Covid Hack series of articles Small, cross-functional teams working closely together to …

The History of Hierarchies
The History of Hierarchies

For 95 percent of the 200,000 years modern humans have walked the earth, there was no such thing as …

Resilient versus Robust

Part of our Covid Hack series of articles Many of the corporations we work with are inherently desig…

Hiring

Part of the Covid Hack series by John McFadyen In a recent Zoom session with Laura Howie, CEO of Ree…

Management versus Leadership

During the pandemic, our revenue streams dried up – literally overnight. The Covid-19 fairy wa…

The Coaching Imposter #2

When I last posted something, before life changed significantly for all of us, I was coming to terms…

Customers and Developers in the same room. WTF?

At the turn of the 20th Century, the father of modern Business Management – Frederick Winslow …

How do I get the senior leadership team to buy into Agile?

‘How do I get the senior leadership team to buy into Agile?’ is a question I’m often asked. It’s a g…

We didn’t do anything wrong

‘We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.’– CEO of Nokia There’s a moment when the CEO of …

Building bridges amidst disruption

The Case for Business Agility As an Agile coach, consultant and trainer, I pretty much live in a wor…

Coronavirus and The Corner Shop – A Portrait of Agility?

If ever one wanted the ultimate portrait of a VUCA world – volatile, uncertain, complex, and a…

Exploring and Exploiting – Striking the Right Balance

In 1913, Henry Ford implemented one of the greatest innovations ever seen in manufacturing: the movi…

Agile Bootcamp #4 – Using Story Mapping to Teach Agile

User Story Mapping is a great technique to help teams explore their product scope and plan how they …

Agile Bootcamp #2 – Behind The Scenes at an Agile Bootcamp

The bootcamp is planned, the travel arrangements made and suitcases packed. Now, the hard work start…

The opportunity of IR35 for organisations and start-ups

The recent announcement from HMRC that IR35 and Off-Payroll Tax would come into effect on the 6th of…

Meteors, VUCA, and Business Agility

Once upon a time, two-ton wombats lumbered across the Australian Outback. Around the same time, sabr…

The 6 Enablers of Business Agility

When I first started my journey as a Scrum Master, I devoured books on how Scrum worked. I learnt al…

Agile Project Management

To say the words ‘Agile Project Management’ in front of Agile purists falls somewhere in the spectru…

What is Project Management?

Project Management, as both a profession and specialised discipline, is relatively young. From the d…

Don’t look back in anger

Continuous improvement is a core agile principle. The retrospective is an important event in all agi…

Ethics and morals

Anyone whose profession involves advising others needs to be concerned about ethics. In a more gener…

Metaphor, Simile and Analogies

Communication in all its aspects is of vital importance to effective coaching. Getting the most out …

Body Language

As important as the spoken word is, body language may convey even more information than speech. As a…

The Trust Equation
The Trust Equation

Trust relationships are vital to the way we do business today. In fact, the level of trust present i…

Introducing Certified Agile Leadership® (CAL1)

Throughout my years as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Scrum trainer, there has been a common and pe…

Active Listening

Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to feed back what he or she…

Levels of Listening

For a coach, there can surely be few skills more important than listening. Hearing what your client …

The GROW Model Explained

The GROW model is a solid, time-tested coaching tool that can help coaches ensure efficient results …

What do Agile and Electricity have in Common?

In February, it will be 17 years since the writing of the Agile Manifesto. Much was, and still is, p…

The Responsibility Process® in Action

Recently I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with Christopher Avery renewing my practice of…

Enterprise Scrum as a Language of Choices

The purpose of Enterprise Scrum is to give organisations the ability to become more resilient i…

The Productivity Myth

I am often asked if using Scrum can make software developers more productive. My response is always …

No Framework Will Save You

It is often said, by those in the personal training industry, that you cannot out-train a bad diet. …

LeSS is More

It’s the age old debate. ‘I want self-organising teams, but I need to set some constraints. I …

A People Business

Let’s face it: People skills is not an area in which the software development community has traditio…

Be the change you want to see in the office

Gandhi didn’t say, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” But the sentiment, whoever first ex…

We all know what kindness is, surely?

There’s no end of well-intentioned articles about feelings and conduct on the internet. We have all …

Who’s responsible here?

I talk to many people about the concept of responsibility at work, especially as so few people see i…

Earning trust the other way

We learn from an early age that to earn trust you need to show you’re trustworthy. It is earne…

Role retrospectives

I’ve been at my current client for roughly a month. The role isn’t that clear but I&#821…