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Don’t “Control” Agile Projects

by Jim Highsmith, 20 March 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

One common complaints about agile methods is that management doesn’t have the same degree of “control” over projects. We need to stop worrying about this complaint as a vice and start thinking of it as a virtue. When we “control” agile projects we can lose a significant portion of the benefit of agile methods. The […] The post Don’t “Control” Agile Projects appeared first...
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Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

by Jim Highsmith, 28 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

A couple of years ago I was talking to the CEO of a medium-sized company. “We started the year with 10 strategic initiatives,” he said. “It’s now May and we’ve scrapped 4...
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Adaptive Leadership eBook Just Published!

by Jim Highsmith, 14 November 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

My new eBook, Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Enterprise Agility is out! We are at a tipping point. Technology—cloud, big data, mobility, social media—tops CEO’s list of concerns...
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Why Even Good Managers Cause Projects to Fail

In December 1999 I published my first “agile” book, Adaptive Software Development (wow, nearly 15 years ago now). Recently, Dorset House Publishing and Addison-Wesley brought...
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The Four Dimensions of Adaptability

I was reminded recently that people think of adaptability in too few dimensions. To me adaptability and agility are synonyms characterized by “the ability to both create and respond...
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Once Upon a Time before Agile

Once upon a time, before “agile”, the IT world teemed with scary monsters—huge methodologies in multiple 3-ring binders, processes stacked upon processes and excruciatingly detailed...
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You Can’t Plan Away Uncertainty

I’ve recently moved from Venice, Florida back to the West—to Lafayette, Colorado near Boulder to be specific. As I launch my cycling activity here I was reminded of an article I...
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Organizing for Innovation

One of the constant questions I get goes something like, “Should we create a separate agile group, team, department, product team, or plan our agile transformation within our current...
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Determining Business Value

The topic of business value is a complex one and it’s easy to get mired in the morass of calculating ROI or in trying to define what intangibles are relevant to your organization....
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How Agile Do You Need to Be?

by Jim Highsmith, 19 December 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

In The Upside of Turbulence Donald Sull makes an insightful statement, “companies do not pass through life cycles, opportunities do.” Turbulence causes opportunities and companies...
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Effective Collaboration: Discussion, Decision Making, Commitment

by Jim Highsmith, 28 November 2012
The Agile Blogosphere

The Agile community promotes the value of collaboration in teams, although promotes may too weak a verb for our fascination with collaboration. And while collaboration can have many...
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Embracing Paradox

“All of us like to think that human affairs are essentially rational. … The wealth of experience that fails to support this notion never seems to faze us. … That human affairs...
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What is Agility?

There is no Agility for Dummies. Agility isn’t a silver bullet. You don’t achieve it in five easy steps. So what is it? For myself, I’ve characterized agility in two statements:...
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