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Lessons from Leaders: Learning from Failure

In our second article from Lessons from Leaders series, we ask some of our team what is the most valuable lesson they’ve learned from failure. As champions of Agile, we encourage teams to become more comfortable with failure as they test hypotheses, learn new information and iterate on their ideas. Nathan Nelson – Partner, Managing…Continue readingLessons from Leaders: Learning from Failure

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Lessons from Leaders

We asked our leaders one area which they recommend for improvement, to deliver greater value to your client or team. ADAPTOVATE’s success is predicated on the consistent demonstration of our values, one of which is embodying a growth mindset. So, we recommend these 11 lessons from leaders Understand how to turn weaknesses into strengths Think…Continue readingLessons from Leaders

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ADAPTOVATE Reading List 2021

Books recommended by our team Books available in print and audio at the same link unless stated. The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer. By Siddhartha Mukherjee PROBLEM SOLVING “A history of cancer that leaves you feeling optimistic about the future. An easy read, detailing the many little steps of scientific progress that…Continue readingADAPTOVATE Reading List 2021

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With Agile Teams, Who’s the Boss?

Originally published on Linkedin by Paul McNamaraCo-Founder, Partner and Managing Director at Adaptovate One of the hallmarks of agile is its flat organisational structure. Without a traditional hierarchy in place, it begs the question: who is the boss? A boss is still needed, even with the most established agile teams, for several reasons. They can…Continue readingWith Agile Teams, Who’s the Boss?

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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

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The rare time maturing is better – Agile across organisations

Download the PDF Maturing Agile across organisations  Many organisations today have had a taste of Agile. From pilot agile teams to transforming the entire organisation to adopt an agile mindset. Not everyone who has implemented agile has realised the expected business benefits promoted.   Agile works for teams but not at an organisation-wide level  A common perception is that agile is great for teams delivering incremental value (eg software teams delivering features). But is not relevant at an…Continue readingThe rare time maturing is better – Agile across organisations

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Celebrating people, companies, Governments on their response to COVID-19

We’re taking a moment to look back at the past six months and celebrating those that have paved a way for others during COVID-19.  A recent World Economic Forum editorial outlined 3 leadership lessons from the age of coronavirus.  1. Lead with Empathy and Honesty2. Be Agile3. Value Your People. Based on those lessons, in…Continue readingCelebrating people, companies, Governments on their response to COVID-19

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Digital, blockchain, big data, and AI is not enough.

By Doug Ross. We live in a world both fascinated by, and terrified of, the digital disruption about to be caused by digital, blockchain, big data and artificial intelligence, yet we cannot even be sure that our own businesses would be better off in three years if we got these technologies and skilled people for…Continue readingDigital, blockchain, big data, and AI is not enough.

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Faster time to market in Pharmaceutical industry – is it possible?

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?

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Are we all heading in the same direction now we are working remotely?

By Paul McNamara. Businesses are having to adapt faster than ever to stay ahead or even survive in the dynamic environment created by COVID-19 and will need everyone working together on the right things to have any chance of succeeding.   However, the ability for individuals to stay aligned and work cohesively is even harder in…Continue readingAre we all heading in the same direction now we are working remotely?

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INTERVIEW: SEAN WOON – April 2020

In 2020 we are excited to have recently seen our sister business TRIBE launch.    Sean Woon is the Managing Director of TRIBE and we sat down with him this week to learn more.   Hi Sean and thanks for your time.    We are excited to talk with you, at a time that is so…Continue readingINTERVIEW: SEAN WOON – April 2020

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Yes, ADAPTOVATE is a made up word.

By Doug Ross. ADAPTOVATE is a way to stay in business, with disruption on the horizon In the tough business world today, the ability to rapidly and successfully ADAPT your business model to new market conditions is the difference between success or failure. Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster all failed because they were not prepared to rethink…Continue readingYes, ADAPTOVATE is a made up word.

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Addicted to agile teams that are greedy and gutsy

Caitilin makes the connection between her big family and her consulting life… After 20 years of corporate marketing I am addicted to agile and helping teams develop new ways of working. Agile employs cross-functional teams to create a product, service or campaign. The onus is upon the team to consistently test whether what they are…Continue readingAddicted to agile teams that are greedy and gutsy

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Paging Dr House, can television medical dramas teach us about Agile?

Alex makes some valid links between what it is to be an agile team with television medical dramas and how they operate. Would George Clooney have been the amazing doctor he was on ER if it wasn’t for the fact that he and his teams were autonomous? or would McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy be free…Continue readingPaging Dr House, can television medical dramas teach us about Agile?

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Can Agile work without co-located, dedicated teams?

By Paul McNamara In the real world, however, it’s not quite so simple. Large organizations are geographically distributed, which makes co-location extremely difficult. The economics of having teams 100% dedicated to a single project can be unrealistic. In many organizations, for example, there simply may not be enough data scientists, human-centered design experts, or agile…Continue readingCan Agile work without co-located, dedicated teams?