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Blend Lean Startup, Design-Thinking, Agile

- by Dave Prior

David Bland, founder and CEO of innovation management consultancy Precoil, shares what he’s seeing in the Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Agile spaces, and how he’s helping teams and organizations bridge the gaps between the methodologies to deliver better results. [44 min.]

What Is Agile Marketing?

- by Dave Prior

Scrum trainer and coach Maria Matarelli discusses applying agile principles in marketing departments, from creating user stories to inspecting and adapting. The benefits include a deeper understanding of both existing and potential customers, which leads to greater returns on advertising campaigns. [30:30]

In the Company of Others

- by Dave Prior

“Personal Kanban guy” Jim Benson discusses distributed teams, including communication systems that help us pay attention, interact and build trust — even if “distribution” is just people working on separate floors. He also shares examples of limiting work-in-progress in healthy, actionable ways [46 min.]

What’s New With SAFe, and Why

- by Dave Prior

Dean Leffingwell believes in business results over method debates, be it Agile, Lean, Scrum or Kanban. Here, he talks about the latest update to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 4.0), which features extensive refinements and new guidance to help enterprises organize around value delivery. [38 min.]

Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends

- by ProjectsatWork.com

Smart organizations will continue to become flatter and leaner, while embracing design thinking, big data and enterprisewide agility, according to a new report that identifies the most important strategy execution trends for 2016.

Big Agile, Big Challenges

- by Kelsey van Haaster

Several frameworks offer a pathway to large-scale agile, but a step-by-step approach, while appealing, can not serve as a substitute for the meaningful cultural change that must take place. Most important to success: a shared vision and clarity of purpose, transparency and patience.

Agile Readiness

- by Aaron Smith

In pursuing the organizational agility that enables strategic, fast-moving transformation, leaders must focus on four spheres — individual behavior, team responsibilities, management governance and institutionalization. Along the way, they’ll also need to ask “so what?” questions, break down barriers and embrace discovery.

A DevOps Journey

- by Dave Prior

IT director Stan Jaroszewski discusses the evolution from a siloed Waterfall environment to a DevOps model, using a “continuous improvement umbrella” as the underlying driver for culture change within a highly regulated healthcare-pharmaceutical organization. The journey included “pioneers, settlers and cave-dwellers.” [25 min.]

5 Ways to Cap Meeting Mayhem

- by Shawn Dickerson

Some meetings are useful and productive; many more are black holes of wasted time, energy and resources. Here are five ground rules to get your organization’s meetings under control. A few might “meet” resistance, but over time most people will welcome an approach that focuses more on getting work done and less on talking about it.

How Big Can Scrum Go?

- by Dave Prior

Agile coach, consultant and author Bas Vodde shares insights and practical tips for scaling Scrum efforts in larger organizations, including key principles of the Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework, which features fewer roles, artifacts and handoffs, among other guidelines. [32:40]

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