More COVID-19 impact - the age of agility

deal architect

The one thing I vividly remember from my first few days as an audit rookie at PwC was a class where the instructor said "never forget - an internal control should deliver more savings than the burden it puts on. Industry Commentary

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5 Ways To Increase Your Agility In The Face Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

As a business and entrepreneur advisor, I have no trouble getting owners and managers to agree that change is happening faster and faster in the consumer and technology world, requiring them to keep their business more agile , just to keep up. The challenge is that too many are confused on what that means for them, and what it takes to make their business competitively agile. Crisis-driven agility is not enough today. business agility disruptive change Leo Tilman

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Tom Bogan – The Importance of Being Agile

deal architect

Tom Bogan is CEO of Adaptive Insights, a company whose business planning cloud automates previously manual planning tasks—for finance, sales, and workforce planning—and supplements those capabilities with enterprise-scale reporting and analytics. Tom joined Adaptive Insights when it was at $40

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How To Build A Career In Agile Software Development

YoungUpstarts

It is no surprise that Agile as a revolution of the software development and project management world is still picking up its pace. This has caused a need for Agile professionals within the IT sector who understand the principles and methodology behind this concepts of Scaled Agile, Scrum, Kanban, and Lean. How are Scrum and Agile Causing a Huge Impact? Thanks to Scrum, and pardon the pun, but individuals are becoming much more agile.

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An Introduction To Scaled Agile Framework

YoungUpstarts

In fact, a recent survey showed that 80% of responding companies said they were using Agile practices in one way or another. By adopting the Scaled Agile Framework, or SAFe, you can keep your business operating as efficiently and effectively as possible long term. SAFe is expedient to apply if your work team would like to use an Agile method across multi-team portfolios and programs consistently. How We Can Help You to Master the Scaled Agile Framework.

Why You Should Consider Agile As Your Next Career Move

YoungUpstarts

Today, the application of Scaled Agile framework, Kansan, as well as Scrum has ensured improved productivity in software development in line with world-class project management techniques. Agile and Scrum are the best practices that have continued to transform work processes across different sectors and platforms in multiple industries across the globe. With the introduction and intervention of Scrum, more professionals are leveraging increasingly on Agile.

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Why Everyone Wants To Be Agile

YoungUpstarts

If you keep up with the news on project management and business strategy, you’ve probably come across the buzzword “agile” more than a few times. You may have also noticed that agile methodology — which was once thought to be only for software developers — is now being used just about everywhere, from construction to marketing, human resources, manufacturing, and even wedding planning. But what does it mean to be agile and do agile as a business unit?

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7 Principles Of Business Agility To Dodge Disaster

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Every entrepreneur must be alert enough to spot the change early, and agile enough to adapt quickly. Here are some key principles of agility that are required for you to survive and prosper: Stamp out organizational inflexibility. An agile business doesn’t wait for their current product line to fail, before planning some enhancements. It all starts with agile leadership.

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Generation Agile: 10 Tips How To Lead Effectively A Newly Outsourced Development Team

YoungUpstarts

Agile, as the name suggests, is modeled with adaptability in mind. Agile project management and team leadership are best showcased by leading a team of developers in completing software development projects. Agile can also be applied across numerous other industries as an effective project management approach. Agile At A Glance. Agile is here to stay. And most importantly, 46% of those use Agile methods extend the practice towards managing outsourced projects.

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Software AGs Agility Layer

deal architect

I spent some time at ProcessWorld, Software AG’s annual event. I very much enjoyed TUCON, Tibco’s event, and I wanted to hear about AG’s own events processing, SOA, collaboration and other initiatives. The conference started off with a very promising. Enterprise Software (other vendors

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Principles that make Agile Project Management a success

Our Own Start-up

The goal of agile project management is to produce shorter development cycles and more frequent product releases than traditional waterfall project management. Growth Strategies Agile Project Management agile project management methodology goal of agile project management how agile methodology works how agile works Project Management project management methodology

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It’s An Agile World

Feld Thoughts

One of the emails reinforced the challenge of “traditional software development” vs. the new generation of “Agile software development.” ” I started experiencing, and understanding, agile in 2004 when I made an investment in Rally Software. At the time it was an idea in Ryan Martens brain; today it is a public company valued around $600 million , employing around 400 people, and pacing the world of agile software development.

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Agile Everywhere, Part II

OnlyOnce

Over the years, I’ve written a lot about the Agile methodology on this blog. For those of you who are regular readers, you may remember a post I wrote about our Agile Everywhere initiative — where all Return Path teams were tasked with implementing agile practices. A little over a year later, I want to update you on our agile journey–where we are now and how we got there. weren’t at all familiar with agile practices. Resident agile experts.

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4 tips to make any team agile

The Next Web

The goal of agile programming is to provide early and continuous delivery of valuable software. But it’s not so easy to implement methodologies that can deliver on the agile promise, and the blame typically lands on people: they’re just not the tech elite. Agile is an iterative software development methodology, as opposed to the more linear traditional methods. Agile is more of a mindset than a ruleset, so it can… This story continues at The Next Web.

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Agile Everywhere

OnlyOnce

I’ve written a bunch on this blog and in Startup CEO , about Agile Development and the Lean Canvas and Lean Startups in general (see a really old post on Agile Development from 10 years ago when we first adopted it here , and one on Agile Marketing here ). We are now working to ensure that teams are working in a more agile way, and that their stakeholders are involved in the creation and evaluation of team goals.

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5 Agile Practices That Are Fueling Marketing Teams

ConversionXL

Each spring, the annual State of Agile Marketing Report sheds light on how Agile ways of working are being adopted within marketing. This year, for the first time in the report’s three-year history, Agile techniques overtook those maintaining traditional processes. Those who know Agile as a buzzword will likely tell you it’s a way for teams to go faster. But Agile is about more than just speed. Agile for developers is not Agile for marketers.

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Improve Their Agility In The New Year

YoungUpstarts

by Taffy Williams, author of “ Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed “ The New Year brings new events that may positively or negatively affect your business. Then there are those totally unexpected events that “blind side” you and require a rapid and agile response to either capture the great opportunity or avert disaster. The following agile activities may help you be more prepared in the New Year: Identify & Plan.

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Do You Have An Agile Social Media Policy?

The Startup Magazine

Chief amongst these mistakes is the belief that your company can maintain a sluggish, sordid presence on popular platforms instead of needing an agile, fresh-faced approach. Do you have an agile social media policy? Perhaps the best way to determine if you have an agile social media policy is to ask yourself whether you spend most of your time on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms reacting to errors instead of creating opportunities that your brand can exploit.

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The Agile Board

Both Sides of the Table

Over time at my first startup our developers encouraged us to move to Agile development. So when I read my post it sounded to me more like a new philosophy for “The Agile Board,&# so I put that as my subtitle. Nivi (from VentureHacks ) said it best: “Agile is about short feedback loops. An agile board would change it board-level plan more quickly than a board that only adjusts the plan at regular board meetings.&#.

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Are You Agile Enough for the New Business Economy?

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. These volatile markets are already creating unexpected opportunities and risks – you must be alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly to survive and prosper. Here are the key aspects of agility requiring focus: Eliminating bureaucracy. Rotating good people to new roles keep both them and their new roles agile.

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Do You Have The Data Agility Your Business Needs?

YoungUpstarts

If companies are to thrive in a data-driven economy, they can’t afford to be handcuffed to ‘old’ technologies; they need the flexibility and agility to move at a moment’s notice to the latest market innovations. How can your company meet the agility imperative? Integration Approaches for Data Agility. Agile Data Fabric. The other critical capability you should look for in an Agile Data Fabric is self-service data management. by Mike Tuchen, CEO of Talend.

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To Survive the Rebound Will Require More Agility

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. These volatile markets are already creating unexpected opportunities and risks – you must be alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly to survive and prosper. Here are the key aspects of agility requiring focus: Eliminating bureaucracy. Rotating good people to new roles keep both them and their new roles agile.

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Agility Is The Key To Survival In Good Times And Bad

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Every entrepreneur must be alert enough to spot the change early, and agile enough to adapt quickly. Here are some key elements of agility that are required for you to survive and prosper: Stamp out organizational inflexibility. An agile business doesn’t wait for their current product line to fail, before planning some enhancements. It all starts with agile leadership.

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The Future of Corporate Agility

Startup Lessons Learned

Mark Raheja, founding partner at August , a consultancy focused on organizational development, will be speaking as part of the enterprise learning track at Lean Startup Week about agility at scale. In thinking about the future of corporate agility and management, what modern practices are most vital to today’s leaders? Guest post by by Jennifer Maerz, contributing editor of Lean Startup Co.

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Are Agile Innovation Methods Right for Your Team?

The Startup Magazine

Developing successful agile innovation methods can drive companies to great new heights. Then implementing agile innovation methods should be top on your list of to-dos. Taking an agile approach to project management means taking large tasks and splitting them into smaller tasks, as well as finding ways to be more innovative. So, how do you determine if agile innovation methods are right for your company? Are Agile Innovation Methods Right for Your Team?

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Achieving Greater Agility Through Proper Business Intelligence

YoungUpstarts

Business intelligence (BI) is the gateway for achieving greater agility. Agility in this sense means the flexibility to make more informed decisions based on a diverse array of data outlining consumer patterns and purchasing behavior. Business agility is achieved when you have a solid information infrastructure AND a flexible and up-to-speed workforce. by Dan McCarthy, event manager for Venueseeker.

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[Interview] Michael K. Levine, Author Of “People Over Process: Leadership for Agility”

YoungUpstarts

Though agile is all about process and that’s where much of our attention has gone, it’s time we shifted out focus on people and interactions. In his new book “ People Over Process: Leadership for Agility “, technology expert Michael K. Levine was an early proponent of agile and is a veteran of systems change and technology management. It’s a new way of thinking about agile that builds in agile’s tenets and takes them to a new level.

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Thoughts on agile management

The Equity Kicker

Steve Denning, one of the leading business thinkers pushing the business world to abandon the outdated idea of maximising shareholder value has published an interesting article on Forbes titled Why do managers hate agile? That immediately made me think of my first experiences with agile as a board member of software and web startups shifting away from waterfall development to agile to improve productivity. Agile methods are also more attractive to the best employees.

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AgileFall – When Waterfall Sneaks Back Into Agile

Steve Blank

AgileFall is an ironic term for program management where you try to be agile and lean, but you keep using waterfall development techniques. While his groups has changed the mindset and cadence of the organization, the folks he reports up to don’t yet get Agile/Lean learning and outcomes. As the conversation progressed, we agreed about the ways to manage projects using a few operating principles of Lean/Agile project management (without ever mentioning the words Lean or Agile.).

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Selecting An Agile Coach

SVPG

Starting around 2004 and 2005 I began seeing an increasing number of teams moving to Agile, and of course the first thing they needed was training and often some coaching. I thought - incorrectly it turns out - that this would be a temporary issue, while the Agile community gained experience, especially with commercial product companies. So it''s no wonder that so many Agile trainers are bewildered by commercial product companies.

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Business Agility will Prosper on the Rebound

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. But volatile markets do create unexpected opportunities – if you are alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly. Here are the key attributes of agility to optimize in your business: Bureaucracy eliminated. Rotating good people to new roles keep both them and their new roles agile.

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Q&A on Startups, DevOps, and Agile

Feld Thoughts

Raj Bhargava (CEO of JumpCloud ) and I have been talking about how startups can leverage DevOps and Agile more. The post Q&A on Startups, DevOps, and Agile appeared first on Feld Thoughts. We created a conference on DevOps last year for our portfolio companies and it was a huge hit. DevOps is a movement that we are deeply interested in from multiple perspectives.

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Agile Marketing: How to Implement Scrum for Digital Marketing

ConversionXL

Agile marketing may not be a phrase you hear often, but it’s becoming increasingly popular and important. Traditionally associated with development and product management, agile is a lightweight and, well, agile framework for software development and bringing features and products to market. An Introduction to Scrum and Agile Development. The Product Owner is a key organizational figure in an agile environment. Scrum “Artifacts” for Agile Marketing.

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Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank (tags: startup) [.] Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA. Steve Blank, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA: … entrepreneurs instinctualy realize that the best advocate for their careers is themselves [.] Steve’s post at the end of June, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA, he shares his early career experiences.

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Use agile budgeting to manage your cash

David Teten

So here’s the solution I have recommended to some of my portfolio companies: “ agile budgeting ”, i.e., monitoring a few key variables while giving managers significant flexibility. Entrepreneur Jeff Magnusson provides a sample agile budgeting workbook. Regardless of whether you take a traditional or agile budgeting approach, Robert A. This agile approach is not restricted to small startups. Successful agile budgeting requires modern technology.

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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Pivots are why startups must be agile and opportunistic and why their cultures are different from large companies. Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank. At a board meeting last week I watched as the young startup CEO delivered bad news. Our current plan isn’t working. We can’t scale the company. Each sale requires us to handhold the customer and takes way too long to close. But I think I know how to fix it.”

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Rally Software Acquires Agile iPhone Product

Feld Thoughts

Rally has re-released the product (previous a $15 download) as a free product called Rally for the iPhone that tightly integrates with the Rally SaaS-based Agile software lifecycle environment. If you are a Rally customer, this is a no-brainer app for you; if you aren’t a Rally customer but are an Agile development shop that also has a bunch of iPhone users, take a look at Rally’s products. Tags: My Investments acquisition agile iphone rally

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Making Your Business More Agile: Essential Steps for Modern Entrepreneurs

Women Entrepreneurs Can

The Coronavirus pandemic has underlined the importance of being agile in the world of business. Moving forward, it’s wise to keep an eye on new developments and look for solutions and inventions that could increase agility and flexibility, as well as enhancing customer experience and boosting sales. Modern-day businesses have to be adaptable and agile to survive in an ever-changing landscape.

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Should Your Startup Be an Agile Company

Women Entrepreneurs Can

These days, one of the decisions that startup owners make (or at least should think about making) is whether to be an agile company from the very start, to try to adopt it later or to do things the more traditional way. Agile 101. Most people are already familiar with agile principles to some extent, but just in case let’s go over the basics. As informed by agile software development , some of the basic ideas behind running a startup the agile way include: Welcoming change.

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

SoCal CTO

Instead, what they had was a contract that promised Agile Software Development with Rapid Iterations and an incredibly vague list of features. In all four cases, I would claim that what's at fault is a common misunderstanding in Agile Software Development. In particular, there's a tendency among many people executing an Agile process to focus on the short-term (Sprints, Iterations) and to forget planning and other big picture aspects.

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Agile Marketing, Part II

OnlyOnce

Agile Marketing, Part II. Tags: Business Marketing Technology agile marketing marketing product development I wrote about this years ago when I was temporarily running Marketing and was noting a lot of the similarities between running contemporary Product Development and Marketing efforts. Nick Van Weerdenburg just put up a great post called Why Marketing is Becoming Like Software Development which you should read if you run or work in, or work closely with, a marketing department.

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How To Keep Your Start-up Agile

YoungUpstarts

(Click on picture to enlarge article). Start-up founders often tell the same story: there is a huge difference between the initial idea and what the start-up ends up doing. Few get it right on the first try. The smarter ones wise up and respond quickly to evolving technology and trends and deliver what sells, instead of “staying pure” Look at how Facebook pivoted its social networking site to reach beyond college campuses.

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Escaping the Design Trap in Agile Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

The biggest trend in marketing in 2016 has been the idea of “agile marketing.” In a survey conducted by Workfront and Marketing Profs, roughly 30% of marketers are already using an agile methodology in their departments. Still, agile marketing can be intimidating, especially if you’re used to quarterly plans and static budgets. As Marketer Gizmo explains : When they hear the phrase “agile marketing,” most people think of the Scrum methodology.

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