Back in mid-2019 we published an article addressing 5 ways to overcome challenges in scaling Agile. Understandably, much has happened since then, so we wanted to revisit this topic and add a couple more. With the global pandemic, and increased uncertainty, we take a look with a new perspective at challenging engagements, and how to…Continue reading7 challenges when scaling Agile. Our recommendations.
The pandemic turned how we work upside down almost overnight. One day there were inhouse client meetings, the next entire cities, populations and organisations were in lock down. Acknowledging that we are still in the midst of some serious relapses globally, we are now almost 18 months on from that first jarring sudden flip. Facing…Continue readingSix pandemic lessons that will improve business
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Are you a coach or consultant? In a recent conversation, two of our leading executives speak from their own experience on making the jump from coach to consultant. Their case studies and personal reflections will help you understand how ADAPTOVATE provides both Agile coaching and management consulting to our clients, and by example the…Continue readingAgile Business Coach, or Management Consultant?
How do you measure success when finishing up a client project? “As with all of our clients, success is both tangible and intangible. Of course, hitting the key results that we set out on any engagement is paramount.” Nate Nelson, USA ADAPTOVATE Managing Director Finishing up with a client after a long tenure can be…Continue reading4 key areas to measure success with your client
An Agile Transformation changes the way a company is run. It’s steeped in changing the way people think it should be run and how they operate within their business. While every Agile Transformation is different, based on a needs analysis – broadly speaking it’s about a adopting a new approach. Although an Agile Transformation is…Continue readingAgile Transformation Explained
Authored by Greg SkinnerConsultant Project Lead, ADAPTOVATE Three approaches have brought significant results to large, heavy-industry capital projects: Using and adjusting an agile framework according to the phase of the project Ensuring a focus on quality through detail and execution Using transparency to mitigate dependency and maximise team alignment Agile has emerged as the framework for digital and related fields to…Continue readingAgile Capital and Infrastructure Projects are Possible and Brilliant.
“Agile has gone from quirky and outlandish through to being the very lifeline keeping projects delivering in these changing times,” said one of our team recently. We’ve all seen them. The memes of overused business words used during COVID. Pivot. Transition. Agile. Uncertainty. And it’s getting annoying, mainly because they’re all relevant. Annoying for companies like ADAPTOVATE, who for years have…Continue readingAgile has gone from quirky & outlandish to being THE lifeline.
In this article we want to give you an insight into the top line strategies we are seeing implemented, to optimise operating models to address budget cuts. An excellent paper published a few weeks ago in the Industrial Marketing Management journal, analysed the impact of COVID-19 on business models. While exploring the history of business…Continue readingOptimise your operating model now to address budget cuts
Authors: Brooke Pannell, Ted Tomoyasu, Nathan Nelson, Ghaleb El Masri, Rachna Verma The pre-covid19 trends in the pharma industry already suggested that, in order to curb the rise of drug prices, companies would need to look at reducing costs related to R&D, just like they have been doing in reducing spend in sales and marketing. According to…Continue readingFaster time to market in Pharmaceutical industry – is it possible?
Authored by Evan Jago, Principal, ADAPTOVATE COVID-19 has disrupted business to its core. As the situation has rapidly evolved, it has created an unpredictable and volatile environment for business to operate in. Companies are facing unprecedented challenges having to adapt business models, product and service offerings, and, ways of working quickly in order to survive. In a high-stakes, fluid and dynamic situation, how do you chart a course to turnaround a business or project? Traditional approaches of command and control,…Continue readingUsing agile to navigate from crisis to sustained success