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The 6 Enablers of Business Agility

by Karim Harbott In this book Karim Harbott does not offer a book of recipes, he focuses on mindset, principles, and general patterns. Adopting the latest agile tools and practices won’t be enoug…

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, and bizarre ceremonies. It is easy to dismiss the movement as being applicable to only a small par…

6 Proven Ways to Make your Organization More Agile

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries organizations saw great leaps forwards in their effectiveness. This was largely driven by a new, disciplined approach to management combined wi…

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 any point in our history. Where once it was enough to administer existing products and services …

Meetup: ‘Co creating Great Employee Experience’ with Natal Dank

Online event, hosting Natal Dank – who heads up learning, coaching, and community at PXO Culture and is seen as a pioneer in the Agile HR movement. Overview of the event In a disruptive world, i…

Meetup: ‘The 6 Enablers of Business Agility’ with Karim Harbott

Online event, hosting Karim Harbott – non-executive director with the Scrum Alliance & author of the up-coming book The Six Enablers of Business Agility; How to Thrive in an Uncertain World.…

Meetup: ‘Business Agility: Pivot or Perish’ with Richard Cheng

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup hosting Richard Cheng – Vice President of Training & Chief Product Owner at NextUp Solutions and Certified Scrum Trainer. Overview…

Why Coaching is the Number One Skill for Leaders in in an Uncertain World

It is often said that everyone wants to change the world, but no one wants to change themselves. There are few groups for which this is more apt than senior leaders. It was once thought that leaders n…

5 Levers for Changing Organisational Culture

Organisational culture is one of the most powerful, and misunderstood, concepts around. Leaders and coaches alike understand the power of culture to make—or, more likely, break—an agile transformation…

On Agile & Mastery

I’m lucky enough to find my job professionally satisfying. That’s because I think that the line of work I’m in actually matters—not just to me, but to anyone who works in teams or with processes that …

Meetup: ‘Testing Business Ideas’ with David Bland

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup hosting David Bland – co-author of Testing Business Ideas with Alex Osterwalder and CEO & Founder of Precoil —Overview of the event— Build…

Meetup: ‘Coaching Leaders through Uncertainty’ with Tracy Sinclair

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup event hosting Tracy Sinclair – Director at Large on the International Coaching Federation Global Enterprise Board & co-author of ‘Becomi…

Meetup: ‘Agile Skills in a Digital World’ with Lyn & Simon Girvan

Lyn and Simon Girvan discuss Agile skills in a digital world and answer crowdsourced questions on the topic. Key Q&A topics include: • Why is Agile important in a digital world? • Businesses have…

Meetup: ‘Uber Reteaming’ with Stefan Aust

Uber reteaming – Stefan Aust Frequent reteaming has a negative impact to an organization. New team members join, current members leave or are reassigned to other projects in an instant. Hectic transf…

Meetup: ‘Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to!’ with Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman

Welcome to the launch of the Agile Mani-fresh-to! – Chris Yardy & Rich Freeman What changed in 2020? Well, pretty much everything! We went in to the office, stayed at home, struggled at the home-…

Creating Alignment and Autonomy

We know from Dan Pink’s work that high levels of autonomy are a powerful contributor to motivation. For start-ups and small, independent teams this can be straightforward to create. But it presents a …

Meetup: ‘Bringing Leadership Agility to Agile’ with Bill Joiner

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Bill Joiner – author of Leadership Agility and founder of the Leadership Agility 360 assessment.- –Overview of the event— Everyone is tal…

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 rather than evolving by toning down its power to cope with the much safer world of today, it has found…

The SCARF Model – How it affects agile teams

In the post ‘There Are Sabre-Toothed Tigers In Your Office‘, we discussed how our brains have evolved, and that the primal response that helped protect us from sabre-toothed tigers had cha…

Meetup: ‘Agile People Leadership’ with Pia-Maria Thorén

—Overview of the event— Agile People Coach – An alternative career for HR and Managers in the Future of Work The role of HR and Managers is changing into a more guiding and coaching role for the…

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 field like a wrecking ball and scoring the winning try as the opposition lies in my wake, sobbing wi…

Leading SAFe ® – Certified SAFe ® Agilist – Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprise

During this two-day course, attendees gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, sy…

Meetup: ‘Personal Agility’ with Maria Matarelli

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Maria Matarelli – co-founder of the Agile Marketing Academy, and co-author of Personal Agility: Doing More That Matters. —Overview of the e…

Innovation versus Protectionism

The last time we suffered a global pandemic that brought the world to its knees was in 1918. A little over a century ago. The Spanish Flu collided with a transitional world that had just been through …

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 entertainment schedules. A group of celebrities are isolated from society, originally in the Austral…

Meetup: ‘Better Value Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns & Patterns for Business Agility’ with Jon Smart

Jon Smart shared details about his new book “Safer Sooner Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility”. Jon assists organisations across industries to deliver Better Value Sooner Safer Ha…

Leading SAFe – Certified SAFe Agilist

During this two-day course, attendees gain the knowledge necessary to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise by leveraging the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) and its underlying principles derived from Lean, sy…

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 the kinds of management that is often present in organisations and suggested some alternatives that …

Meetup: ‘Agile Hardware’ with Joe Justice

The speed of New Product Development and New Product Introduction is related to the agile management of the enterprise and the agility of the manufacturing processes. The CEO’s of Volkswagen, Bosch, T…

Meetup: ‘Untapped Agility – Leadership Moves to Transform Your Transformation’ with Jesse Fewell

Untapped Agility, seven leadership moves to take your Transformation to the next level, with Jesse Fewell. Overview of the event: Agile transformations are supposed to make organizations modern, comp…

Meetup: ‘Manege or menage?’ with Dave Snowden

Join us for our next live Online event, this time hosting Dave Snowden – CSO & Founder of Cognitive Edge and Director of the Cynefin Centre. Over his career, Dave has pioneered a science-based app…

Where are all the managers in Agile?

The heart of agile is described in the few words of the Agile Manifesto and its accompanying principles; the dominant agile framework is Scrum and its derivatives. Yet, amongst those core references, …

Bring rigour to your thinking

“Belief is so often the death of reason” – Lord Varys, Master of Whisperers – Game of Thrones The Agile Manifesto, created in Snowbird Utah (2001), is a work of Genius inspired by a team of bril…

Meetup: ‘Leadership is about uncertainty by default’ with Sohrab Salimi

Join us for our third live Online event, this time hosting Sohrab Salimi – Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Scrum Alliance & CEO and Founder of Scrum Academy. Overview of the event: I…

Meetup: ‘How to Build a new Government Department from the ground up’ with Shaun Cooney

Agile Centre hosted the Business Agility and Leadership Meeetup with Shaun Cooney – current Head of Cyber Security Engineering within the UK Government. In Shaun’s words: “I was given a relatively bl…

Why did we create Agile Centre?

Watch Jon Spruce, Karim Harbott and John McFadyen discuss the origins of creating Agile Centre: bringing together the experience, skills and knowledge from their varied backgrounds to create something…

Covid Hack – Intention Versus Strategy

Small, cross-functional teams working closely together to frequently and consistently deliver features that delight customers are a cornerstone foundation of Agile. For some, a question arises as to h…

The History of Hierarchies

For 95 percent of the 200,000 years modern humans have walked the earth, there was no such thing as hierarchy. We lived in small bands of hunter-gatherers consisting of a few dozen people at most, The…

Covid Hack – Resilient versus Robust

Many of the corporations we work with are inherently designed to be robust. A concept that permeates every element of that business, from the processes that dictate workflow in each department through…

Meetup: ‘Agile Enhancing Culture & Delivering Organisational Change’ with Perry Timms

For this Live Online event, we hosted the renowned global speaker, Perry Timms. Perry is passionate about the transformative power of HR being able to change the world of work for the better. Agile i…

Agile Centre Webinar: “Pivoting in a pandemic” by Jon Spruce

Jon Spruce takes part in the Oliver Bernard Meet-up for Agile.London with a talk titled ‘Pivoting in a Pandemic’ which took place on Wednesday 29th of April 2020. The talk is about how the team at …

Covid Hacks – Hiring

In a recent Zoom session with Laura Howie, CEO of Reel Media Africa, we chatted about the importance of having the right skills, the right mindset, and a culture that embraces excellence. Sometimes yo…

Management versus Leadership

5 Weeks ago, our revenue streams dried up, literally overnight. The Covid-19 fairy waltzed in the front door, waved her magic wand, and *poof* our lives were irrevocably changed in a matter of hours. …

Our Client Experiences – Testimonials for Agile Centre

We have pulled together a film of our client’s experiences working with Agile Centre and how our structured and interactive, highly engaging teaching style has helped them to explore and understand th…

The Coaching Imposter #2

When I last posted something, before life changed significantly for all of us, I was coming to terms with the so-called Imposter Syndrome, but 5 months on from the inception of my Agile Coaching role,…

Customers and Developers in the same room. WTF?

At the turn of the 20th Century, the father of modern Business Management – Frederick Winslow Taylor – discovered that he could significantly increase production output and decrease labour…

The Business Agility Canvas

True success in large-scale change initiatives is a rare thing. A McKinsey study found that over 70 percent of such initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals. My sense is that when it comes to ‘a…

Assessing Scrum Masters with our Capability Model

In the past year, we’ve left the EU, stared down a legislative dismantling of the independent contractor and flexible workforce, and we’re in the crucible of a global pandemic that has shut our doors …

First they ignore you

‘How do I get the senior leadership team to buy into Agile?’ is a question I’m often asked. It’s a great question if the leadership team value the principles and values upon which Agile is built. It’s…

We didn’t do anything wrong

‘We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost.’ – CEO of Nokia There’s a moment where the CEO of Nokia, Stephen Elop, ends a press conference in tears. He’s gutted. ‘We didn’t do anything wrong’ …

Building bridges amidst disruption

The Case for Business Agility As an Agile coach, consultant and trainer, I pretty much live in a world of disruption, uncertainty and volatility. It’s par for the course. That said. If you’d asked me …

Coronavirus and The Corner Shop – A Portrait of Agility?

If ever one wanted the ultimate portrait of a VUCA world – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous – the current crazy time through which we are living is it. The novel coronavirus, kn…

Exploring & Exploiting: Striking the Right Balance

In 1913, Henry Ford implemented one of the greatest innovations ever seen in manufacturing: the moving production line. Before this change, workers would move from car to car within Ford’s factory, pe…

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 can deliver value to their customers as quickly as possible. Even for large and complex problems, te…

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 starts! After a long day travelling and a chunky time-shift, we arrived at our accommodation well into th…

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 April 2020 as a means to combat ‘disguised employment’ presents a significant threat to companies a…

Meteors, VUCA, and Business Agility

Once upon a time, two-ton wombats lumbered across the Australian Outback. Around the same time, sabre-toothed cats and woolly mammoths roamed freely across Europe and North America. Millions of years …

How Agile Centre works differently

Agile Centre Managing Partner John McFadyen walks us through ‘How Agile Centre works differently’ to effectively grow Agile capabilities within organisations. Agile consulting, coaching, and training …

How Agile Centre works differently

Agile Centre Managing Partner John McFadyen walks us through ‘How Agile Centre works differently’ to effectively grow Agile capabilities within organisations. Agile consulting, coaching, and training …

Don’t Blame People, Fix The System

If you’ve ever been responsible and accountable for a project yet have no control of the systems and processes that govern that project, you will know how frustrating and at times, unjust, that may be…

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 all about Scrum and its commonly applied processes and practices. I thought I had it nailed. Th…

Agile Project Management

To say the words ‘Agile Project Management’ in front of Agile purists falls somewhere in the spectrum between ‘not cricket’ and ‘blasphemy’. Why? Because Agile doesn’t in any way focus on Project Mana…

What is Project Management?

Project Management, as both a profession and specialised discipline, is relatively young. From the dawn of time, humans have been pretty good at setting objectives and organising people, skills, tools…

Don’t look back in anger

Continuous improvement is a core agile principle. The retrospective is an important event in all agile methods and an ideal time for teams to identify improvements. Yet too often, retrospectives are i…

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the ner…

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

by Clayton Christensen In this book, Clayton Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established product…

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

by Simon Sinek Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way – they all started with why. In this book, Simon Sinek …

Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age

by Roman Pichler Comprehensive and insightful, this book will enable you to make the right strategic decisions in today’s dynamic digital age. Written in an engaging and no-nonsense style, Strategize …

Big Book of Virtual Teambuilding Games

by Mary Scannell, Michael Abrams & Mike Mulvihill The Big Book of Virtual Team-Building Games is packed with games and activities for developing productive virtual teams across all digital platfor…

Wisdom of Teams

by Jon Katzenbach This book thoroughly explores the remarkable benefits of teams at all levels of the organization. The authors provide dozens of real accounts and case studies that illustrate success…

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown & James Macanufo This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors …

Leadership Team Coaching: Developing Collective Transformational Leadership

by Peter Hawkins <!– –> This book brings together the latest research in leadership teams and team coaching along with numerous examples to illustrate how to develop people from disp…

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

by General Stanley McChrystal In this book, General Stanley McChrystal shows how any organization can make the same transition to act like a team of teams – where small groups combine the freedo…

Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances

by J. Richard Hackman This book offers a practical framework that leaders can use to muster personal skills and organizational resources to create and sustain the five key conditions and shows how tho…

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

by Patrick M Lencioni This book covers five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones–often struggle, and outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used …

Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making

by Sam Kaner You’ve been asked to run a training session, workshop or meeting. What you need now is a foolproof way of making it both memorable and enjoyable to run – and to know that what you are doi…

How to Run a Great Workshop: The Complete Guide to Designing and Running Brilliant Workshops and Meetings

by Nikki Highmore Sims You’ve been asked to run a training session, workshop or meeting. What you need now is a foolproof way of making it both memorable and enjoyable to run – and to know that what y…

Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your Retrospectives

by Tom Roden & Ben Williams This book is for anyone who undertakes continuous improvement of any sort, especially those looking to get better outcomes from retrospectives, either as a participant,…

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

by Esther Derby & Diana Larsen In this book, Derby and Larsen show you the tools, tricks, and tips you need to fix the problems you face on a software development project on an on-going basis. You…

Agile Retrospective Kickstarter

by Alexey Krivitsky Retrospective Cheat Sheet lets you create numerous unique agendas for your retrospectives. This book provides the details to the exercises based on the team mood, size, proximity. …

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders

by Jean Tabaka Collaboration Explained is the first book to bring together proven, start-to-finish techniques for ensuring effective collaboration in any agile software project. Since the early days o…

Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production

by Taiichi Ohno In this classic text, Taiichi Ohno–inventor of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing–shares the genius that sets him apart as one of the most disciplined and …

Actionable Agile Metrics For Predictability: An Introduction

by Daniel S Vacanti Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability represents the definitive guide to using the metrics of flow for predictable Lean-Agile processes. Never before has such a comprehensive…

Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility

by Alan Shalloway In this book, three expert Lean software consultants draw from their unparalleled experience to gather all the insights, knowledge, and new skills you need to succeed with Lean-Agile…

Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

by Craig Larman & Bas Vodde Rather than asking, “How can we do agile at scale in our big complex organization?” a different and deeper question is, “How can we have the same simp…

The Human Side of Agile – How to Help Your Team Deliver

by Gil Broza If you’re a ScrumMaster, project manager, delivery lead, or manager — or you aspire to be — you can make all the difference to your Agile team. Not by being a taskmaster, administrator, o…

Ethics and morals

Anyone whose profession involves advising others needs to be concerned about ethics. In a more general sense, of course, all humans should be worried about this―but when you work as a coach, the matte…

Metaphor, Simile and Analogies

Communication in all its aspects is of vital importance to effective coaching. Getting the most out of the spoken and written language you use sharpens your coaching. Comparative and figurative speech…

Body Language

As important as the spoken word is, body language may convey even more information than speech. As a coach, you need to be aware of how body language works. It is essential that you be able to read cl…

The Trust Equation

Trust relationships are vital to the way we do business today. In fact, the level of trust present in business relationships, whether internally with employees and colleagues or externally with client…

Introducing Certified Agile Leadership® (CAL1)

Throughout my years as a Scrum Master, Agile Coach and Scrum trainer, there has been a common and persistent theme. It is a theme that I have encountered as a practitioner and tried hard to overcome a…

Enterprise Scrum as a Language of Options – Scrum Event

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting the folk at Scrum Event and delivering a talk on Enterprise Scrum, based on my previous blog post, and the way we can use it to explore options with leaders in…

Active Listening

Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to feed back what he or she hears to the speaker. This communication can be in the form of simple repetition of what the speake…

Levels of Listening

For a coach, there can surely be few skills more important than listening. Hearing what your client is saying, with attention and compassion, is key to being able to understand that person’s desires a…

The GROW Model Explained

The GROW model is a solid, time-tested coaching tool that can help coaches ensure efficient results for their clients. GROW stands for: Goal Reality Options (sometimes Obstacles) Wrap-up (sometimes Wi…

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, promised by those who espouse Agile frameworks. There is still a great excitement and appetite for in…

The Responsibility Process® in Action

Recently I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with Christopher Avery renewing my practice of responsibility. The workshop was on The Responsibility Process and how to lead and coach others in …

Scaling Scrum: Enterprise Scrum Compared with Other Leading Scaling Approaches

Scaling Scrum: Enterprise Scrum Compared with Other Leading Scaling Approaches from Simon Roberts

Enterprise Scrum as a Language of Choices

The purpose of Enterprise Scrum is to give organisations the ability to become more resilient in the modern business climate with rapidly occurring disruption in products, markets and audiences. …

The Productivity Myth

I am often asked if using Scrum can make software developers more productive. My response is always the same; ‘Can you please define productivity in a software development context?’ Often people canno…