The new frontier: Agile automation at scale

McKinsey

Insights on OperationsLarge-scale automation of business processes requires a new development approach.

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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

Meet your new MOM (Marketing Operating Model)

McKinsey

To drive revenue growth in the digital age, new data shows that marketing leaders are upgrading data-collection technology, collaborating closely with IT, and focusing on test-and-learn agility.

R&D in the ‘age of agile’

McKinsey

As innovation reshapes the pharma landscape, pharma companies will need to revisit their R&D operating models to thrive. Insights on Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

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How Agile Teams Can Help Turnarounds Succeed

Harvard Business

Agile — the management approach that relies on small, entrepreneurial, close-to-the-customer teams — has a reputation that reflects its rapid adoption in software development. Experienced operators in the field have better knowledge and more current information than remote dictators or their mercenary agents do. Standard operating procedures fail because the situations are by definition nonstandard. The agile approach is indisputably better.

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business

Its hierarchical authority, specialized division of labor, and standard operating procedures enabled companies to grow far larger than they had ever been. Rather than debating the advantages of agile teams, why not start demonstrating them? Learn and experience how agile works.

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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Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile

Harvard Business

The frustrations with current planning practices intersect with another fundamental managerial trend: organizational agility. One of the key principles underpinning team-based agility is that teams autonomously decide their priorities and where to allocate their own resources.

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Why Agile Goes Awry — and How to Fix It

Harvard Business

In the spirit of becoming more adaptive , organizations have rushed to implement Agile software development. But many have done so in a way that actually makes them less agile. Agile software development. This process is exactly what Agile was meant to eliminate.

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Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together

Harvard Business

A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. For IT to operate in the data and analytics space often takes realigning roles and responsibilities. Analytics Operations IT Digital Articl

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together

Harvard Business

Increasing volatility, uncertainty, growing complexity, and ambiguous information (VUCA) has created a business environment in which agile collaboration is more critical than ever. Despite this project’s visibility, critical mandate, and groundbreaking technology, the organization was ultimately hindered when it came to agile collaboration. Intuitively, we know that the collaborative intensity of work has skyrocketed, and that collaborations are central to agility.

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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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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. A Quick Introduction to Agile Management.

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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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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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The Dirty Little Secret About Digitally Transforming Operations

Harvard Business

Operations in a Connected World. To avoid this roadblock, successful companies use a more agile strategy that relies on local solutions to capture value quickly, while gradually building the long-term IT and automation architecture.

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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Global Companies Need to Adopt Agile Pricing in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business

It’s also a massive operational challenge because companies are not set up to make very frequent pricing changes, whereas currencies can move hugely overnight. 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.

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How the mall business can reinvent itself for the digital age

McKinsey

The digital shopping revolution offers new opportunities to mall operators agile enough to seize them. Our Insights

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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.

When Top-Down Change Isn’t Working, Hand the Keys to Frontline Staff

BCG

Article Thursday, June 08, 2017 The World Bank turned to agile methodologies, implemented from the bottom up, to improve operational efficiency and employee satisfaction. Operations head Kyle Peters describes the challenges and successes. Article

Rewiring Citi for the digital age

McKinsey

Citigroup’s Head of Operations and Technology describes the bank’s efforts to accelerate its digital transition, as well as the importance of having the right talent and agility to pull it off. Our insights

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How a U.S. Health Care System Uses 15-Minute Huddles to Keep 23 Hospitals Aligned

Harvard Business

In this article, I’d like to share the insights we’ve gleaned from the model’s first full year of operation, which hopefully organizations in health care and many other industries will find useful. Operations Strategy execution Organizational structure Digital Article

Leaner, Faster, and Better with DevOps

BCG

Agile methodologies have given companies just what they need in the digital era: a collaborative and flexible way to develop software. DevOps calls for some staff from IT operations, which traditionally works apart from developers, to be brought onto cross-functional agile teams.

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Telecom’s Twin Peaks: Software-Defined and Virtualized Networks

BCG

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) have already started to change the way that telecom networks are designed, deployed, and operated. Moreover, their open-source architecture can foster greater agility and innovation.

Tomorrow’s Factories Will Need Better Processes, Not Just Better Robots

Harvard Business

Clearly, there has to be a better way to paint a car, but to make that operation more efficient and take cost out will require the development of a new process. For this operation to be automated would again require a new process—perhaps going wireless, with the electrical systems operating via electronic modules or connecting via the cloud. Business processes Manufacturing Operations Digital ArticleCSA Images/Mod Art Collection/Getty Images.

Why John Deere Measures Employee Morale Every Two Weeks

Harvard Business

They do this with methods proven useful in accelerating software development, such as “ Agile ,” and which are increasingly being used for hardware product development, too. Operations in a Connected World. Motivating people Innovation Operations Digital Article

Is Your Company Actually Set Up to Support Your Strategy?

Harvard Business

Why is one insurance company deep into an agile transformation while another is experimenting with it only at the edges of its business? For every company wrestling with evolutions in its strategy, success depends as much on matching the operating model to those evolutions as it does on the soundness of the strategy itself. But exactly how do today’s companies create or update an operating model to match adaptations or wholesale changes in strategy?

Future of Work – 3 Types of People Needed Today

Cheryl Cran

It takes a new operating system and specifically a new leadership operating system. People who have a new upgraded operating system. The future of work is here with us now.

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Is Anyone In Your Company Paying Attention to Strategic Alignment?

Harvard Business

The vision outlines the essential principles that will guide the company’s detailed strategic planning, organizational design, operational priorities, and performance goals. For instance, to become more innovative, many companies are attempting to redesign themselves as agile, highly connected and open networks of teams and partners in which knowledge is highly dispersed. Strategy execution Operations management Organizational structure Digital Article

Hedge Funds: Down but Not Out

BCG

Article Tuesday, February 07, 2017. For most hedge funds, 2016 was a difficult year. Although the stock market rose to all-time highs, hedge funds returned just 3%. This continued the trend of the previous five years, during which US hedge funds were outperformed by stock and bond markets.

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Success with the Internet of Things Requires More Than Chasing the Cool Factor

Harvard Business

Companies deploying IoT successfully in industrial sectors such as manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, and transportation are seeking multiple agile partners with open IP architectures to co-create solutions. With data analytics provided by Microsoft Azure and an informational infrastructure developed collaboratively by Industrial Scientific and Cisco, operators now have a dashboard to remotely monitor the people, equipment, and air quality in the mine in real time.

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How AI Is Changing Contracts

Harvard Business

And instead of having a large team of associates conduct due diligence before a deal, companies will have a smaller, more agile team review the documents that the software flags and then offer advice. Technology Operations Business law Digital ArticleCSA Images/ Color Printstock Collection/Hayon Thapaliya/Getty Images. Contracting is a common activity, but it is one that few companies do efficiently or effectively.

Future of Work – 3 Types of People Needed Today

Cheryl Cran

It takes a new operating system and specifically a new leadership operating system. People who have a new upgraded operating system. To the level that leaders and the teams can build the multiple intelligences is the level of being agile, innovative and able to respond quickly to market and business change. The future of work is here with us now.

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Future of Work – 3 Types of People Needed Today

Cheryl Cran

It takes a new operating system and specifically a new leadership operating system. People who have a new upgraded operating system. To the level that leaders and the teams can build the multiple intelligences is the level of being agile, innovative and able to respond quickly to market and business change. The future of work is here with us now.

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How Can Digital Suppliers Accelerate Customers’ Transformations?

BCG

They recognize that digital technologies are increasingly critical to driving sales and efficient operations. They see the need to become much more agile—to shorten the time to market and to accelerate product and service delivery, employing a more iterative manner.

Consolidation in Europe’s Airline Industry

BCG

All kinds of airlines—from legacy FSCs to low-cost carriers large and small—need to come to grips with issues of scale, costs, and operating flexibility in an environment that demands ever more efficiency and agility. Article Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Review: Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2016

Consultants Mind

Deloitte notes that traditional functional structures and silos are slowly melting away and yielding to networked teams – more agile, customer-focused, and ideally flexible. ” This trend will likely only continue as companies put a premium on speed, agility, and flexibility.

New Technologies in the Insurance Landscape (Part 1 – Artificial Intelligence)

Tom Spencer

So with customers expecting more personalized, agile, and on-demand delivery, insurers are now racing to keep pace and deliver more relevant solutions for a changing user landscape. Digital disruption is touching every aspect of the consumer market, including the insurance industry.

Fostering Employee Innovation at a 150-Year-Old Company

Harvard Business

The origins of our agile network can be traced back to an online idea forum called WeSolve that we launched in 2014 as a way of challenging Bayer employees to contribute solutions to specific technical or commercial problems. Building an agile network. TheCrimsonMonkey/Getty Images.

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