This article is written by Jutta Eckstein & John Buck, authors of the BOSSA nova Assessment available on Comparative Agility.

How well are retrospectives serving you? We assume you follow the retrospective agenda by starting with setting the stage, then gathering data, followed by generating insights before you decide on actions and close the retrospectives. We furthermore hope that at your next retrospective you look back to your earlier decisions in order to evaluate if you managed to implement these actions and if they made any difference.

However, how do you know it was those actions that made a difference…


This article is written by Michael K. Sahota, Thought Leader and an Author of the Organizational Performance Index assessment on Comparative Agility.

What is an Agile coach? If we boil it all down, an Agile coach is a leader. It is someone who leads an organization to success using agile.

But what does that really mean? A lot of people in the industry have been conditioned into believing that an Agile coach is simply “somebody who works to get Agile going on a team so that the organization is more successful.”

Unfortunately, this definition is a total disaster. At the…


This article is written by Pamela Meyer, leading Agile Innovation expert and an Author of the Agility Shift Inventory Assessment on Comparative Agility.

By now VUCA is a common language for the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity of business. The term originated at the US Army War College to describe the changing conditions on the battlefield, and its wider usage now serves as a call to action for all those who wish to be more agile and effective in an increasingly complex global world.

How should we prepare the workforce?

It would be a mistake to lump all aspects of…


This article is written by Pamela Meyer, leading Agile Innovation expert and an Author of the Agility Shift Inventory Assessment on Comparative Agility.

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While major corporations such as AT&T are recognizing the need to create a more agile workforce, most continue to rely on strategies designed for the mythical stable, knowable future. Whether you are leading or a member of a software development team, developing and executing your company’s sales and marketing strategy, or working in any number of high-stakes, rapidly changing contexts, you know that your success at the moment is likely not going to be based on the…


This article is written by Michael K. Sahota, Thought Leader and an Author of the Organizational Performance Index assessment on Comparative Agility.

What is Agile Leadership?

An Agile Leader is one that 1) Models the Agile Mindset and 2) is able to foster the development of an environment that aligns with Agile. Anyone can be an Agile Leader. It is about how we show up and what we value — not about a formal role such as a manager, Scrum Master, or Agile Coach.

Agile Mindset Definition

What does it mean to model the Agile Mindset?
I have asked this question around the world at Agile Meetups and the key behaviors that people identify with the Agile Mindset are:

· Flexible
· Open
·…


This article is written by Michael K. Sahota, Thought Leader and an Author of Organizational Performance Index assessment on Comparative Agility.

The success of any transformation program such as Agile or Digital is wholly dependent on the culture of the organization. And 80% of organizations have a challenged or low-performance culture that is incompatible and blocks the introduction of innovative new ways of working.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Most people are familiar with Drucker’s now-famous business maxim: “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.” Our extension is to add that: “Strategy eats Tactics for afternoon tea.” Most change programs fall into the trap of focusing on tactics and strategy instead of culture. …


Inspired Teams don’t let challenges get in their way; they are so committed to achieving their purpose they invent ways to overcome the challenges.

In this article written by Dr. Steve B. Wolff, Team Emotional Intelligence Expert, and Comparative Agility Author, we will discuss the conversations and agreements that Inspired Teams focus on to create a culture of Innovation.

Creating Innovation

Have you ever noticed that the events in your life that you remember most, were times when you faced difficulties and found a way through? You took a risk, or you tried something new for the very first time…


This article was written by Valerio Zanini, author of the Product Management and Innovation survey featured on Comparative Agility.

Technical debt is the silent enemy of every product team. Product development activities are hectic, as teams try to jam as many features as possible into a single release, and as the business pushes for higher productivity. At times, development teams make shortcuts as they push for a deadline; make architectural choices to fit into the current environment and delay updates to a later time, or delay fixing small problems as they push for bigger features to become available.

There is…


Imagine a team where you feel joy and are fully committed to the work; a team where your teammates support you to be your full and best self. This is an Inspired Team that generates Energy. Unfortunately, such teams are rare but they don’t have to be.

This article was written by Dr. Steven Wolff, author of Inspired Teams, a team-based survey featured on Comparative Agility.

It is easy to agree that good teams are joyful and members are committed and engaged. The more difficult thing is to actually build such a culture. Have you ever been frustrated with the…


There’s a lot of togetherness in today’s agile organizations. Working together does bring results. Did you know, though, that seeking social connections are things we humans do naturally? Our brains are wired to connect. Take advantage of this and you’ll more easily delight your coworkers, customers and stakeholders every day.

Social connections are complicated. Not only are we keeping track of ourselves (what we’re doing and thinking), we are also trying to keep track of what others are thinking and doing. It requires high-level thought engaging the brain’s neocortex. Why do we do it? Because humans have evolved over thousands…

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