Agile is not the same as Agility

Kates Kesler

I was recently invited to speak to a leadership team and explain the difference between Agile and Agility. The … Blog

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Leading with inner agility

McKinsey

Disruptive times call for transformational leaders with a knack for addressing complex problems. To navigate effectively, we must learn to let go—and become more complex ourselves. Insights on Organization

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Agile compendium

McKinsey

Getting agile right reduces time to market, increases customer satisfaction, and delivers many efficiency improvements. This collection brings together some of our recent insights on how companies in all industries can successfully implement an agile approach. Yet too many companies still get it wrong. Our insights

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The five trademarks of agile organizations

McKinsey

Agile organizations—of any size and across industries—have five key elements in common. Our Insights

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Taking Agile Way Beyond Software

BCG

Article Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Too often, agile remains confined to software development. But companies that successfully implement agile across their entire enterprise can create an exceptional customer experience and gain an edge over the competition.

How to create an agile organization

McKinsey

Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start. Our Insights

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Balance Alignment with Agility to Achieve Culture

Kates Kesler

Calls for organizational alignment have headlined strategy publications for the last 20 years. A McKinsey 2014 paper, “The Aligned Organization,” … Organization Design Overview Publications

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How Leaders Can Improve Their Thinking Agility

Strategy+Business

Not all thinking is created equal. Here's how to get the most out of your brain when it really counts

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A business leader’s guide to agile

McKinsey

Agile promises rapidly evolving software and substantial business benefits, but it requires new habits from everyone: from IT and from business partners. Our Insights

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ING’s agile transformation

McKinsey

Two senior executives from the global bank describe their recent journey. Our Insights

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When Agile Meets Regulatory Compliance

BCG

Article Thursday, July 06, 2017 Agile may seem risky and impractical for regulatory projects, but it offers extraordinary benefits and can give banks an edge over competitors. Article

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Building Emotional Agility

Harvard Business

Susan David, author of Emotional Agility and psychologist at Harvard Medical School, on learning to unhook from strong feelings. Download this podcast. Managing yourself Psychology Stress Audio

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Air freight 2025: Agility, speed, and partnerships

McKinsey

Companies in the sector must become as agile as possible, maintain air freight’s speed advantage, and deepen their partnerships. Our Insights

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Using agile to accelerate your data transformation

McKinsey

Some businesses are using agile principles to make sure data are available when and where they are needed. Data-management issues can undermine companies’ ability to create value from analytics. Our insights

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How to go agile enterprise-wide: An interview with Scott Richardson

McKinsey

Successfully scaling agile starts with a strategy that’s consistent from the front lines to the C-suite. Our Insights

Agility in US national security

McKinsey

Even the world’s largest bureaucracy can learn to dance. This excerpt from a new book published by Aspen Strategy Group suggests how. Our Insights

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Agility Is Within Reach

Strategy+Business

For all companies in all industries, we''ve found that being agile depends on developing two key attributes: strategic responsiveness and organizational flexibility. But until you explicitly develop proficiency in both, you won''t have the agility you need These two qualities are mutually reinforcing but are developed in different ways, and it is easy for a company to possess one without the other.

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Making your marketing organization agile: A step-by-step guide

McKinsey

Everyone wants to be “agile” these days. Here’s how successful companies put together the teams and the capabilities to actually make it happen at scale. Our insights

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Maximizing Agility and Leverage in the Global Organization

Kates Kesler

Very large multi-national product companies need to find creative ways to enjoy the benefits of scale while remaining agile. Agility and scale rarely co-exist in the design of the organizational operating model.

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Nick Jue on Transforming ING Netherlands and Introducing an Agile Way of Working

BCG

Article Monday, July 17, 2017 Agile enables ING to react swiftly in a rapidly changing world. Article

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The Secret History of Agile Innovation

Harvard Business

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to expand far beyond IT.

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The Era of Agile Talent

Harvard Business

More of us are working in organizations employing a mix of freelancers, contractors, consultants, and full-timers, explains Jonathan Younger, coauthor with Norm Smallwood of “Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts.” ” Download this podcast. Talent management Hiring Audio

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How IT can drive agile development

McKinsey

A simple idea: update your operating model to be able to build small, self-contained teams that create change quickly and efficiently. Our insights

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Make Your Strategy More Agile

Harvard Business

Originating from agile software development, the sprint has entered the business mainstream as an increasingly popular means to accelerate business model, product, or service innovation. They allow a company to be more agile and to more effectively adapt to digital disruption. Can you run fast and go deep at the same time?

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How the public sector can remain agile beyond times of crisis

McKinsey

Focusing on agility could help them keep pace with changing needs during challenges—and beyond. Public-sector organizations have shown they can be nimble in a crisis. Our Insights

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The Best Strategic Leaders Balance Agility and Consistency

Harvard Business

I’ve begun to view this as the ability to hold two specific traits in balance: consistency and agility. On the other side of the spectrum, great leaders are agile. These leaders must pivot when needed, and agility requires that they be intellectually curious, ready to learn from others, communicative, collaborative, and willing to change. But just as consistency can become rigidity, agility can become a lack of focus when it isn’t tempered by consistency.

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Survey Data Shows That Many Companies Are Still Not Truly Agile - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business

In Today’s Digital Economy, Agile Practices Can’t Be Limited to Just the IT and Development Realms. By Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Agile Management, CA Technologies. Agile practices have a vital part to play in the rapid delivery and continuous maintenance of software-driven products and services. When software is ubiquitous, agile needs to be likewise. Agile Adoption Goes beyond IT and Development to Other Organizations in the Business.

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Agile Development’s Biggest Failure Point—and How to Fix It

BCG

Agile development has gone mainstream, but the software development methodology that helped hundreds of Silicon Valley startups explode onto the scene has delivered decidedly mixed results for more traditional organizations. Article Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

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Understanding Agile Management

Harvard Business

Darrell Rigby of Bain and Jeff Sutherland of Scrum explain the rise of lean, iterative management tactics, and how to implement them yourself. Download this podcast. Innovation Project management Audio

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An operating model for company-wide agile development

McKinsey

Organizations are succeeding with agile software and product development in discrete projects and teams. To do so in multiple business units and product groups, they must rethink foundational processes, structures, and relationships. Our Insights

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How Learning and Development Are Becoming More Agile

Harvard Business

Our research at the Agile Talent Collaborative reinforces findings from Accenture and other consulting and research firms: the use of freelancers — or agile talents as we call them — is growing, and for reasons that go well beyond cost efficiency. ” It means that training is going to have to be just as agile as the workforce — where speed, flexibility, and innovation are key. For example, Qualcomm includes its agile talent when the team is in training.

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A Quick Introduction to Agile Management

Harvard Business

The system that’s changing the way we work. Innovation Video

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How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

Harvard Business

If software has eaten the world, then agile has eaten the software world. While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with the promise of a substantial and sustained spike in team productivity and efficiency. The bulk of this agile canon will teach your individual teams to deliver higher-quality code, faster.

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How to Make Agile Work for the C-Suite

Harvard Business

Many companies are attempting a radical — and often rapid — shift from hierarchical structures to more agile environments, in order to operate at the speed required by today’s competitive marketplace. Companies like ANZ, the Australian-based banking giant, have made explicit commitments to adopt agile principles , while others like Zappos, are on the bleeding edge of organizational transformation.

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How to Build Disruption Tolerance In Times of Intense Uncertainty

Cheryl Cran

The more flexible and agile your mind the more quickly you can adapt to a new change or situation. Most people have never received training, support or coaching on how to be an agile and adaptable person. Mergers, acquisitions, hurricanes, oh my!

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Global Companies Need to Adopt Agile Pricing in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business

One day in December 2014, Sergey, the Russia general manager for a multinational consumer goods company, was up early in the morning, watching the ruble’s value slide by the minute. As the currency was crashing, he found himself facing a painful dilemma: either raise prices to recoup the losses and hit his annual target — set in U.S. dollars — or wait it out for another two months and hope that the ruble recovers, since that would give him a leg up on his competitors.

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Will artificial intelligence make you a better leader?

McKinsey

Agile leadership and AI both depend on learning to let go. Insights on Organization

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Hoffman's Hot Seat: The Need for Business Agility

1 to 1

1to1 Media''s Tom Hoffman speaks with Steve Kraus, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Pegasystems about the key themes that emerged from the PegaWORLD 2013 event, including the need for companies to become more agile and flexible in their approach to delivering on what customers are looking for.

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Zurich Insurance Group Takes Its IT Infrastructure to the Agile Cloud - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business

Building on a relationship that dates back to 2004, Zurich Insurance Group is working with DXC to move from traditional data center outsourcing to a Platform as a Service model, taking advantage of next-generation cloud management technologies to lower operating costs and accelerate development. Read more from DXC Technology: Digital Transformation Is Racing Ahead and No Industry Is Immune. Embracing Digital Change Requires a Clear Strategic Focus. How to Become a Digital Enterprise.

The CEO of Guardian Life on talent in an age of digital disruption

McKinsey

By rethinking its approach to talent management and introducing agile working practices, the company aims to stay a step ahead of disruptive competitors.

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