Dec 2017

Agile Transformation without Change Management? … Like Diving in the Deep End without Knowing the Depth OCM for Agile Richmond – Presentation Slides Abstract: While individual teams frequently experience new levels of productivity after adopting Agile, those same Agile practices and mindsets when applied more broadly rarely align with an organization’s existing norms, especially with regard[…]

July 2017

Tech Week in RVA – Effective Conflict Management with LEGO® Serious Play ABSTRACT: People want to be heard, they want to feel understood, and they want their unique voice to count. Conflict is inevitable. Healthy conflict can be critical to leveraging this diversity to drive innovation. If your organization is serious about innovation, it’s time[…]

February 2017

Customer Discovery and Your Strategic Toolset Abstract: At product launch, there is often too heavy a focus on “features” and an inability to fully understand customer needs resulting in delayed releases, high cash burn rates, and potentially failed products. Many teams will assume they know exactly what the customer wants and begin an iterative development[…]

November 2016

Why Agile Is Failing? ABSTRACT: Even before the signing of the Agile manifesto, Agile methodologies have offered tremendous benefits, both to organizations and the individuals who comprise those organizations. Sustainable pace coupled with hyper velocities, self-managing teams with high levels of autonomy, and close interaction with business to improve focus on customer value should have[…]

October 2016

Applying Agile Practices to Marketing “Are you an Agile company?” “Yes, our IT department is using Scrum and Kanban.” “But what about your marketing department?” [silence.] Agile is a given today on tech teams, in product management, and on design/creative teams. But what about marketing? The days of sticking to yearly marketing plans is gone.[…]