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Let's Stop The Echo Chamber

November 14, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Let's stop the echo chamber

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A Message To Consultants

November 10, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway
A message to consultants (useful for practitioners)

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Business Agility and Efficiency

November 10, 2017 — Posted by Guy Beaver

The very excellent book “Team of Teams” by General Stanley McChrystal et. al. describes business agility without using those words. Here’s an excerpt:

"In the wayward swirl, however, the correlation between efficiency and effectiveness breaks down. The Task Force had built systems that were very good at doing things right, but too inflexible to do the right thing."

He goes on to make the crisp distinction between efficiency and effectiveness. 

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Craving WHY

November 9, 2017 — Posted by Guy Beaver

Your organization craves WHY.

People will naturally devote focused energy on a task if they see how it fits into a higher cause.

Which why statement below creates the most alignment?

1.  Retain existing clients

2.  Build a tool to measure client retention rates and client profitability

3.  Build a rewards program to keep our most profitable clients

"Meh" organizations do (1) only

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Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

November 8, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.

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Al Shalloway
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Cory Foy
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Guy Beaver
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Israel Gat
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Jim Trott
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Ken Pugh
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Marc Danziger
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Max Guernsey
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Scott Bain
Analysis and Design Methods, Agile Design and Patterns, Software Design, Design Patterns, Technical Writing, TDD, Coaching, Mentoring, Online Training, Professional Development, Agile
Steve Thomas
Business and Strategy Development, Change Management, Lean Implementation, Team Agility, Transitioning to Agile
Tom Grant
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