One of the biggest obstacles in changing the way your company works is undoing the years, often decades, of institutionalised inertia of “the way things have always been done.” There’s comfort in doing things the same way. It made us successful. It made us big! And, perhaps the most persuasive argument: no one ever got … Continue reading What if “the way we’ve always done things” is the fastest way to agility?
So you’ve made the leap to Objectives and Key Results. Congratulations. And you did it right. You wrote qualitative objectives that were aspirational and inspirational. They’re aligned to your strategic goals and the executive team is on board. Your Key Results are written as measures of behavior (your customers’ or your employees’), just the way … Continue reading What happens after OKRs?
Last month our webinar featured Tim Herbig, Sense & Respond press author of Lateral Leadership. Tim discussed ways to lead even if you’re not the boss. Watch now.This post was originally published to my newsletter subscribers (14k of them now). If you’d like to get these in your inbox sign up here As the wars on … Continue reading The executive’s secret weapon to agility
Last month our webinar featured Jonathan Bertfield and Sonja Kresojevic on how to make the case for Lean Enterprise change. After their presentation I interviewed them on the specifics of their ideas. Watch now.This post was originally published to my newsletter subscribers (13k of them now). If you’d like to get these in your inbox sign … Continue reading Give teams a problem to solve, not a solution to implement
The next Sense & Respond Press book (our fourth) is going to be Lateral Leadership: A practical guide to managing agile teams by Tim Herbig.Sometimes you’re not in a position of authority yet you still need to lead a team. Tim shares his experience and insight on how to be an effective product leader even … Continue reading No amount of technology will make you “digital”
This post was originally published to my newsletter subscribers (13k of them now). If you’d like to get these in your inbox sign up here Every company I work with these days claims to be using or trying to use Objectives and Key Results. Conceived at Intel and popularised by John Doerr and more recently … Continue reading You suck at OKRs. Here’s why.
Over the past several years, as I’ve been building my coaching and consulting business, I’ve received a lot of feedback from teams who, for one reason or another, were not in a position to take advantage of a full-scale engagement with me. Maybe it was a budget concern or maybe it was a team or … Continue reading Office Hours: A New Way to Collaborate
Sense & Respond Press is thrilled to announce the launch of our second book, Making Progress: The 7 Responsibilities of the Innovation Leader by Ryan Jacoby. This concise, beautiful, actionable book breaks down the first 7 things you need to do when handed the role of innovation leader. Where to start, how build a team, … Continue reading Minimum Viable Conversation
Building a stronger workflow for developers, designers, and product managers leads to better cross-team collaboration — and better products. The following is an adapted excerpt from Lean vs. Agile vs. Design Thinking by designer, team leader, and business coach Jeff Gothelf. In 2016, I was preparing with clients for an upcoming training workshop focused on coaching a … Continue reading How Blending Lean, Agile, and Design Thinking Will Transform Your Team
Josh Seiden & I have received tremendously positive feedback to the launch of Sense & Respond Press. Our newest venture, Sense & Respond Press, publishes short, beautiful, actionable books by leading practitioners in the field of innovation, digital transformation, product management, and design. Our readers are smart, busy, practical innovators. Our authors are experts working … Continue reading Did Lean Startup fail at GE?