Categories
Diversity and Inclusion Teams

Why Diverse Thought and Identities are Crucial to Agile Teams

INTRODUCTION “A diverse set of thoughts, backgrounds, and perspectives is just good business. One of the primary benefits of agility is constant feedback loops and collaboration. Without creating the environment and taking deliberate steps to incorporate diversity of thoughts and opinions, it’s a missed opportunity to improve employee engagement and build a better product or…Continue readingWhy Diverse Thought and Identities are Crucial to Agile Teams

Categories
Business Agility Consulting & Training Consulting Life

The most common challenges Agile consultants face starting at a new client

The challenges an Agile consultant will face when starting at a new client can vary from consultant to consultant. And it will always vary from client to client.  However, there are common challenges that most consultants will face at some point when starting at a new client site.  Let’s take a look. We’ve broken these…Continue readingThe most common challenges Agile consultants face starting at a new client

Categories
Interviews

The Back Story interview: Aleksandra Truś

The Back Story monthly interview features ADAPTOVATE employees from around the world. Each month we ask them 10 questions. Our team is the greatest asset we have, and it’s a privilege to share just a little bit more about who they are. This month we are joined in conversation by Aleksandra Truś an Agile coach…Continue readingThe Back Story interview: Aleksandra Truś

Categories
Agile Operating Model Diversity and Inclusion Teams

Four Top Traits for an Agile Leader

Before we discuss four top traits for an Agile leader, first let’s discuss psychological safety. It’s the fundamental construct that all team members must have (Agile or not) and it starts with the foundations laid out by organisation leaders. PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFTEY AND INCLUSION in AGILE TEAMS One of THE most important aspects of the modern…Continue readingFour Top Traits for an Agile Leader

Categories
Agile Operating Model

3 Whys for an Agile Operating Model

Authored by Katy Hughes, Senior Consultant, Jian Lee, Associate, Alex Rebkowski, Partner and Managing Director, ADAPTOVATEBUSINESS OPERATING MODEL PRACTICE AREA Have you seen the benefits from piloting a few agile teams, but aren’t sure what’s next? This article outlines three benefits to businesses that have taken the plunge to transform into an Agile Operating Model:  Nimble customer focused teams provide…Continue reading3 Whys for an Agile Operating Model

Categories
Agile Business Design Agile Delivery Improvement & Scale Agile Operating Model

The six biases that hold back traditional companies from embracing agile.

Read ahead: The six biases > AGILE IS ONLY FOR SOFTWARE > CHANGE IS NEVER A GOOD THING > EVERYTHING IS WORKING – WHY CHANGE? > ONLY LEADERSHIP SHOULD HAVE CONTROL > REVIEWS SHOULD ONLY BE ANNUAL > TENURE VS TALENT > Download the report at end of article “Organisations are successful because they have…Continue readingThe six biases that hold back traditional companies from embracing agile.

Categories
Agile Business Design Agile Delivery Improvement & Scale Case Studies

Integrating two legacy organisations – a new context for Agile

Read the article below – or download the report for later. Imagine a client conversation going something like this: Client: “Now we’ve seen the impact on our large programmes of work, we’d like to see where else we can use agile.” Consultant: “Sure, what do you have in mind?” Client: “How about integrating an acquired…Continue readingIntegrating two legacy organisations – a new context for Agile

Categories
Agile Delivery Improvement & Scale

Blueprints and Proof Points for Agile at Scale

When is the right time to scale agile in your organisation? “Scaling Agile will enable your organisation to realise the ever-compounding benefits of operating in a new way“ Patrick Fitzgerald. senior consultant US ADAPTOVATE. Research shows that waterfall-based programs that do not deliver measurable business value every three months, significantly increase the risk of program…Continue readingBlueprints and Proof Points for Agile at Scale

Categories
Interviews

The Back Story – Andy Koh

The Back Story monthly interview features ADAPTOVATE employees from around the world. Each month we ask them 10 questions. Our team is the greatest asset we have, and it’s a privilege to share just a little bit more about who they are. This month we are featuring our project lead in Singapore Andy Koh. First…Continue readingThe Back Story – Andy Koh

Categories
Business Agility Consulting & Training Diversity and Inclusion Resource

Cultural Influences on Agile Adoption

Adopting the Agile ways of working is difficult because it requires a change in mindset and behaviour. As a start, the Agile Manifesto is almost always used to showcase what is needed at a basic level. Those familiar with it will quickly resonate with the emphasis on customer focus, output orientation, adaptability in a volatile…Continue readingCultural Influences on Agile Adoption

Categories
ADAPTOVATE Media Network Diversity and Inclusion Interviews

Diversity & Inclusion during COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to decimate the world in 2021, it’s important, now more than ever, to remind ourselves how impactful COVID-19 is playing on minorities and in the context of Diversity and Inclusion. We are are looking back at this special episode from The Backlog podcast. Listen in Apple podcasts In this episode of The…Continue readingDiversity & Inclusion during COVID-19

Categories
Agile Business Design Agile Delivery Improvement & Scale

Agile Governance and Risk Management – Delivering value quickly to your business

In this article we will discuss the importance of Agile Governance and Agile Risk Management in new ways of working.   Risk management is about minimising negative or undesired impacts to the business.Delivering value is about creating outcomes that realise new benefits to the business.Finally, governance focuses on establishing a sustainable approach to doing this. AGILE…Continue readingAgile Governance and Risk Management – Delivering value quickly to your business

Categories
Agile Business Design

The relationship between Design Thinking and Agile

When organisations start to look at Design Thinking and Agile implementations, there may be early confusion as to what the relationship between them is. Don’t they both look at customer problems through the customer lens?   Yes, however one is about defining the problem/solution, and one is about optimising the solution value. As Chris MacLeod,…Continue readingThe relationship between Design Thinking and Agile

Categories
Interviews

Interview: Priscilla Koukoui

We are very happy to welcome Priscilla Koukoui to our ADAPTOVATE team in Australia. Although when you read this article you will see she has an international background. Q: Hi Priscilla, welcome to the Australian ADAPTOVATE team! We’re happy to have you join our Sydney family. A: I am very happy to have joined ADAPTOVATE!…Continue readingInterview: Priscilla Koukoui

Categories
Agile Business Design Business Agility Consulting & Training

5 Key Benefits of Design Sprints

Our contributors: Kayla Cartwright, Inaya Dsouza, Yi Jin, Benny Ko, Mamta Mehra, Fiona Royall, Jeffrey von Drehnen What is a Design Sprint? A Design Sprint rapidly answers critical business questions in a highly collaborative, 5-day workshop. We are looking at the key benefits of design sprints in this article. Design Sprint vs Design Thinking It’s…Continue reading5 Key Benefits of Design Sprints

Categories
Agile Business Design Business Agility Consulting & Training Leadership insights

Team + Time + Tasks: Three actions any leader can take to deliver more value, faster

Co-authored by Jeffrey von Drehnen – Senior Consultant Katy Hughes – Senior ConsultantChris MacLeod – Senior ConsultantCaitilin Studdert – Principal Infinite Monkey Theorem suggests that given enough monkeys and time, you could achieve almost anything. Unfortunately, we just don’t have enough monkeys nor time. Competition abounds, customer needs are dynamic, and the world is volatile,…Continue readingTeam + Time + Tasks: Three actions any leader can take to deliver more value, faster

Categories
Interviews

The Back Story – Allen Levovski

The Back Story monthly interview features ADAPTOVATE employees from around the world. Each month we ask them 10 questions. Our team is the greatest asset we have, and it’s a privilege to share just a little bit more about who they are. This month we are joined in conversation by Allen Levovski – our project…Continue readingThe Back Story – Allen Levovski

Categories
Agile Delivery Improvement & Scale Downloads How To...

What is a Maturity Assessment in an Agile Transformation?

Are you undertaking an Agile Transformation? Or about to? You will need to do a Maturity Assessment to ensure you are on the right track. In this article we explain what it is, why do one, and what it will achieve. A central tenet to Agile is that we periodically stop and assess how we…Continue readingWhat is a Maturity Assessment in an Agile Transformation?

Categories
Agile Business Design Business Agility Consulting & Training Roles in Agile

Developing Great Product Owners

What do organisations typically get wrong about Product owners? We share how to get it right Agile is becoming increasingly popular. For many organisations the flirt with Agile has evolved into a serious relationship – they are looking to scale their initial learnings and develop talent behind key Agile roles. The demand for new Agile…Continue readingDeveloping Great Product Owners

Categories
Agile Business Design Business Agility Consulting & Training Roles in Agile

What is an Agile Centre of Excellence?

Jump aheadCentre of Excellence explained >Agile Centre of Excellence >Agile Centre of Excellence 3 missions >Why would a business need an Agile CoE >What are the roles in an Agile CoE >What are the responsibilities of a Agile CoE > Centre of Excellence explained First up, let’s understand what we mean by a Centre of…Continue readingWhat is an Agile Centre of Excellence?