The Dynamics within Agility.

Paul Hobcraft

The number of helpful reports, observations and suggestions are constant and becoming overwhelming to translate effectively. After working through a number the one that held my attention and has become central to my thinking to take organizational practices forward was provided by a recent report from McKinsey “ How to create an agile organization ”. Agility for me is vital, it allows us to increasingly be adaptive in an uncertain world.

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The Agile Manifesto Re-examined

The Future Shapers

Recently, Per-Magnus Skoogh (co-founder of Agile Extreme) invited me to meet Arie van Bennekum. Arie is one of the co-authors of the Agile Manifesto that was written by 17 independent thinkers in February of 2001 at a ski resort in Utah, USA. Agile as an umbrella.

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Planbox Acquires Imaginatik Creating an Agile Innovation Powerhouse


Planbox, the pioneering provider of AI-Powered Agile Innovation Management software, and Imaginatik, the #1 ranked leader in Corporate Innovation Management according to Forrester Research, will join forces to seize on the innovation boom. Going forward, Planbox and Imaginatik will combine their solutions to create a best of breed agile innovation management solution. Planbox was quickly recognized as a Leader by Forrester in the Innovation Management Wave Report in 2016.

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Developing an agile innovation strategy

Idea Drop

Agile project management involves dividing tasks into short phases of work, or ‘sprints’, with continuous reassessment and adaptation of plans. Stemming from the word agile, meaning to move quickly and easily, it is no surprise that such a methodology goes hand in hand with innovation. Yet this discernible link is too often overlooked and it is exactly this refusal to acknowledge the compatibility of innovation and agile processes that frequently leads to innovation failures.

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Agile Sprint: how it brings efficiency to your business


Agile practices transform business in multiple directions, providing powerful models of product and service creation, project management, and much more. In this article, you will understand what agile practices are, what benefits this approach offers to your company. You’ll also understand how Sprint’s approach, derived from Agile, can boost results. What are Agile Practices. Diversity of culture, experience and expertise. More agility. Agil

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3 Business Innovation Reports You Must Read Right Now

Innovation Excellence

The following business innovation reports cover three core elements that consistently prove important to success: developing a certain kind of company culture; the connection between data, legislature, challenges, and opportunities; and finally, emerging business trends that continuously impact enterprise innovation programs.

The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams

Boxes and Arrows

The adoption of Agile software development approaches are on the rise across our industry, which means UX professionals are more likely than ever to support Agile projects. Many UX professionals seem stymied by the challenge of effectively integrating UX within an Agile development framework –but there are others in our field who have encountered the same problems yet are finding effective solutions. Frequent communication outside of standard agile interactions.

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3 Key Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation through Learning and Development


L&D professionals provide some key strategies that illustrate how the journey to fostering a culture of innovation throughout your organization can start in the training room. Drive Innovation Forward with Top-To-Bottom Agility. Coaching Culture

How to Develop a Strong Learning Culture to Innovate


However, to fully unlock your innovation potential, you’re going to need a clear vision and a strong learning culture. This is where the culture of continuous learning comes in. A company’s learning culture is always reflective of how the C-suites confront the concept of blame.

How To Fail At Cultural Change

The Human Factor

In my previous blog, I noted that 56% of the organizations that participated in a survey by I4CP, a human capital research firm, reported recently or currently undergoing a major cultural change. Not exactly what I would call a glowing report card for cultural change. Look at the top three reasons respondents gave for embarking on the culture change: New executive leadership in the organization. Transforming a culture requires the same process.

Culture Jolt #24 – Expand the game, not the chaos

Values Centered Innovation

They reported: “[The top quartile companies] generate more high-quality ideas, realize greater speed in implementation, and achieve greater agility – resulting in 5.5 Welcome to our 3-Minute Conscious Innovator ® process!

How To Fail At Cultural Change

The Human Factor

According to the human capital research firm I4CP , more than half of the surveyed companies had recently or are currently undergoing a major cultural change. Not exactly what I would call a glowing report card for cultural change. Look at the top three reasons respondents gave for embarking on the culture change: New executive leadership in the organization Prepare for anticipated customer or market shifts Desire to continually re-invent (i.e.

Building an Innovative Company Culture


Building an Innovative Company Culture. The reason: before you can disrupt an industry, you need to disrupt your own company culture first. Let our team of non-conformists help you build your innovative company culture. A conformist company culture stifles innovation and breeds weakness. Communities that are used to conformity are unable to change without significant effort invested in creating an innovative company culture.



Where, according to the recent Ideascale “Crowd Sourced Innovation Report 2021” “ crowdsourced innovation capabilities have grown and innovation output indicators like implementation rate and time to implement have improved.



Where organisation, leaders, and teams can increase speed, agility and improve simplicity and strategically generate new ways of tapping into the power of, and harnessing, and mobilizing people’s collective intelligence.

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

Tim Kastelle

Do executives with responsibility for explorative innovation report to the CEO/executive management, or to another line executive responsible for today’s business? Exploration-oriented initatives are anchored in a dedicated exploration unit, headed by a “chief explorer” who reports to the CEO – just as the business unit leaders. It requires integration of optimization and adaptation by means of an operationally embedded, agile organizational structure.

‘Are We Agile?’ How To Measure Your Company’s Ability To Respond To Change


This is especially important for companies that have adopted agile methodologies into their development processes. There are a variety of metrics that program managers can present to executives to illustrate how well the organization is responding to change and adopting agile practices. Both sets of metrics are vital pieces of information for understanding an organization’s agility. An agile team consistently meets its forecasted work for a sprint.

Aligning Organizations for Digital Innovation

Innovation Excellence

They have recently published their findings in a report, titled Aligning the Organization for Its Digital Future. Build Capability Change Culture & Values Digital Innovation Leadership People & Skills Strategy Technology Adaptability agility change management collaboration digital Digital Culture Digital Innovation Digital Leadership Digital Skills digital strategy Digital Talent digital transformation Innovation Management organization design technology Three Horizons

Rethinking the measuring of innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Shown below are a list of the factors I feel can be major contributors (far from exhaustive), firstly into the soft side of our balance sheet that is made up of culture, climate and environment as our creative and engagement capacity. The value of good leadership & distinct culture creating the linkages. Developing the agility to quickly react to changes, effective and decisive intent.

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Are you curious? Is your organization?

The Human Factor

In a survey conducted of more than 3,000 employees from a wide range of firms and industries, only about 24% reported feeling curious in their jobs on a regular basis, and about 70% said they face barriers to asking more questions at work. Hire for curiosity and learning agility.

Upskilling to drive growth in the new economy


According to the World Economic Forum – Jobs of the Future Report , the Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating demand for millions of new jobs, with vast new opportunities for fulfilling people’s potential and aspirations.

The Role of Leadership in Building a Culture of Data


In order to glean useful and actionable insights from organizational data, companies must have a structured data strategy and ensure that a culture of data is imbibed across the organization. However, changing a company’s culture is one of the most challenging parts of any data and analytics initiative, making it difficult to create a data-driven enterprise. 69 percent of the participants also reported that they are yet to create a data-driven organization. . Overview.

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Are you playing to win…to achieve excellence?

The Human Factor

Paint a picture of what your workplace and culture will look and feel like when you have won — what attitudes, beliefs, and core values will the organization be living by? Instead of presenting your vision of winning like a quarterly financial report, make it come alive!

Six Things I wish I had known before I accepted the position of Chief Innovation Officer

Destination Innovation

I reported to the CEO and he was adamant about his belief in promoting innovation in the organisation. Changing a corporate culture is harder than you think. The CEO gave a rousing and inspiring speech about our vision for innovation and agility. Image by Mhouge from Pixabay.

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Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Does your culture support innovation? Is your culture supporting innovation? It’s a cliché, but you have to get the culture right. There are several ways to thoroughly assess if you have an innovative culture, but let’s keep it simple here. Is it a “pitch” culture where ideas for projects get a chance to be put into play? The only way to shift culture is through projects. But research and insight departments typically don’t invent , they report.

How to Enhance Innovation with Learning and Development Training

Innovation in Practice

In’s 2019 L&D report , conversations with practicing L&D professionals revealed that an innovative training strategy translates to innovative business practices. Staying Agile Drives Innovation. But, agility is a two-way street. s 2019 L&D report.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

Culture of experimentation (and speed). A culture of experimentation is becoming increasingly important for companies – in manifold directions: Disruptive and radical innovation : If a company intends to pursue radical, or even disruptive innovation by introducing a novel technology or business model, this can only be accomplished through initial ideas or visions, followed by continuous, iterative testing for customer adoption.

A Model for Integrative Innovation Management

Integrative Innovation

Do executives with responsibility for explorative innovation report to the CEO/executive management, or to another line executive responsible for today’s business? Exploration-oriented initatives are anchored in a dedicated exploration unit, headed by a “chief explorer” who reports to the CEO – just as the divisional leaders. It requires integration of exploration and exploitation by means of operationally embedded, agile organizational structures.

How To Drive and Sustain Innovation With Learning and Development Training


According to the 2019 L&D report from, companies with growing revenue are 3x more likely to predict an increase in their L&D budget. Agile Training Breeds Innovation. Is your organization struggling to keep up with the innovation demands in your sector?

Parkinson’s Law and the Peter Principle – are they relevant to innovation?

Idea to Value

10 people write 10 reports in 10 hours. If you hire 10 more people how many reports will all 20 people write in the same time? This is why “lean” and “agile” have become buzzwords today. 20, right? Wrong! According to Parkinson’s Law it’s still 10.

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Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019

The Future Shapers

Three years ago Derek Bishop, Jo Geraghty and I published our book, Building a Culture of Innovation. [1] 1] The book was inspired by, and written for, all of those leaders who understood that in order to thrive in today’s global marketplace they needed to set innovation as a capability at the heart of their culture but were uncertain how to go about it. Perhaps that’s why the pace of product development is little changed from when we wrote Building a Culture of Innovation.

Accelerating the Journey to HR 3.0: Key Insights from IBM’s 2020 Study

A high-level summary of IBM’s latest report on transformations in HR. During and following the pandemic, companies needed HR to focus on employee experience, upskilling, cultural transformation, and new models of working (such as remote or hybrid work models) – HR 2.0.

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Key Obstacles to Innovation Performance


BCG’s Global Innovation study shows that the top obstacles for innovation performance are mostly related to choosing and executing the best ideas, but also, the company culture. Risk adverse culture and fear of failure. Impacts on culture. The other side of this problem is that risk adversity has a direct impact on company culture and its ability to adopt global innovation and change. Innovation has become one of the most important factors for long-term success.

Why Happy Employees are Winning Employees

The Human Factor

According to a report by The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology < [link] >, you would all be wrong. For example, a University of Michigan study < [link] > found that empowered employees report five traits that every organization would love to have: A high level of job satisfaction. Build Engagement Into Your Culture. To support a culture of accountability, leaders need to: Model the behaviors. Many would say that in life, happiness is winning.

Never Trust an Atom (and Sometimes Your Brain)

The Human Factor

No surprise there – we see this every day on websites and the so-called “news” channels that present highly biased opinions while calling them objective reporting. And you’ll build a culture that encourages the innovation and risk-taking required to become a leader in today’s market. Green" "The Human Factor" "Architect of Pause" "Using Your Brain to Win" "strategic agility" "Pause-Think-Focus" winning habits MSU Using Your Brain to Win

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Leveraging talent in the fourth industrial revolution


Yet, we all have the talent to maximise a potential share for Australian industry worth $315 billion in the next 10 years according to the CSIRO Data61 Report & we all need to ensure that we don’t miss out! . Outlining an inclusive vision, mission & strategy that support speed, agility, learning, collaboration, teaming & networking – as the key levers for effecting organizational productivity & performance improvements.

Is Your Organization Changing Fast Enough to Win?

The Human Factor

Moreover, social media’s driving of addictive behaviors related to sharing of opinions and views has significantly impacted other behaviors and cultures. Make sure that all tools, reports, processes and feedback are fully aligned to your definition of winning. Green Pause-Think-Focus Science of Thinking strategic agility The Human Factor Using Your Brain to Win

The Simple Approach to Employee Engagement

The Human Factor

One way to suck at employee engagement is to avoid holding regular one-to-ones with your direct reports. Be sure to give a bogus excuse that your direct report knows isn’t true!). Ultimately, it all comes down to creating a culture that supports engagement at every employee touchpoint. Because employee engage involves a combination of job- and culture-related factors, I’m including two checklists for measuring employee engagement. Culture-Related Checklist.

Taking the path to digital transformation


The Boston Consulting Groups’ (BCG) Most Innovative Companies Report 2018, states that: At leading innovators, R&D and new-product development have become digital endeavours. The Boston Consulting Groups’ Most Innovative Companies Report 2018, suggests that we ask ourselves three key questions and they all relate to taking a strategic, systemic and human centred approach to innovation: Strategy. Initiating the cultural transformation.

The difference between buying innovation and becoming innovative


Innovation Embedded in Corporate Culture on a Business Unit Level Innovation Embedded in Corporate Culture on a Business Unit Level This option is probably the most demanding and requires a very high degree of personal responsibility from every employee and leader. Tesla is organized around small, agile and empowered teams that are cross-functional and completely self-organized. Source: BCG Report “The Most Innovative Companies 2018: Innovators Go All In On Digital.”

5 Ways to Fail at Innovation


Many innovation teams are so concerned with being agile and entrepreneurial that they spend precious little time understanding where to point their efforts. From day one, foster a healthy cultural balance between garage entrepreneur and savvy corporate executive. Read our new report on “ How to Win at Corporate/Startup Collaboration 2016 ”. Most innovators are optimists. There’s no such thing as a bad idea – only an unfinished one. Every setback is an opportunity in disguise.

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How to Embrace a Multigenerational Workplace


Global Report Impact of a Multigenerational Workforce by Randstad Workmonitor Q2 2018 Many companies are aggressively pursuing younger workers. Cos they’re agile, fast moving and super tech savvy. You only need look at the bro culture infesting Silicon Valley right now. Fact is, at the root of this poor work culture are young and inexperienced men. Culture Businesses

So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

Nowhere have I come across such a confirmation, then in the annual BCG report, the one released in January 2018 “ The Most Innovative Companies 2018: Innovators Go All In On Digital “ The focus of the report is specifically on the state of digital innovation and what it is taking for companies to refocus their innovation programs around this digital imperative. This agility needs the tools of testing, feedback, and adaptation to accelerate the innovation process.