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In the first part of this series, we looked at how the fears of technological innovation are resulting in an unproductive resistance toward modernisation, even as it gains extraordinary pace in 2021. We also delved into the importance of a growth mindset in allowing...

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Starting & Thriving in E-Commerce in South Africa: The Payment

In our previous article, Starting & Thriving in E-commerce in South Africa: The Customer, we looked at a few variables that affect the customer’s experience with a business; these include how you can build valuable information about and around your...

Starting & Thriving in E-commerce in South Africa: The Customer

In our previous article, Starting & Thriving in E-commerce in South Africa: The Foundations, we explored the various options and requirements for taking your business online as well as the importance of meeting your audience in the places they naturally...

Starting & Thriving in E-commerce in South Africa: The Foundations

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Leveraging Data to develop a competitive advantage

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Leveraging data-driven agility in an agile world

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One of the biggest pain points in many organisations – although they might not even be aware of it – is the disconnect that exists between the data analytics department and the other business units. Despite the concept of a data journalist not being well recognised in...

How to get people onboard your data journey to drive usage and adoption

In the preceding articles we have covered topics on building the correct foundations so as to implement data analytics in an organisation with a centralised data function. Using the Sit. Crawl. Walk. Run. Paradigm, we explored how best to embark on a data journey and...

How to get people onboard your data journey to drive usage and adoption

In the preceding articles we have covered topics on building the correct foundations so as to implement data analytics in an organisation with a centralised data function. Using the Sit. Crawl. Walk. Run. Paradigm, we explored how best to embark on a data journey and...



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Your Relationship with Agile

The word ‘agile’ has different connotations to it – some are skeptical about it and may think of it as a passing fad, while others feel it is a ‘cool’ buzzword and find that associating with anything that represents agile adds to their ‘coolness’ quotient. Some may see the promise and potential, while some are very happy with the benefits of agile – the list goes on.

Your agile journey outcomes are a lot about how you feel about agile and your relationship with agile.

As in any relationship, you need to believe in it, you need to know ‘why are you getting into it’, validate if your expectations are right, understand the nuances of making it work successfully and be committed to the journey, which requires perseverance, resilience, patience, the right behaviors, the right mindset and understanding the right influences to make it successful for the intended purpose.

Getting into a relationship with agile with limited understanding, limited patience, not having time for the right conversations at the right time and focusing only on the exterior packaging (sticky notes, white boards, tick box ceremonies and so on) without understanding its true essence is not a relationship with agile, but rather a ‘fling with agile’ that will inevitably lead to a breakup. It is merely a matter of ‘in how much time’ and ‘at what cost’.

Your investment of cost, time, energy and effort is valuable. Do not waste it on a fling with agile. Understand what is means to have a serious relationship with agile. Understand its potential promise and benefits aligned with achieving your organisation’s goals and aspirations, providing you the much-needed competitive advantage in a VUCCA world.

Connect with the MAC-agile team to get into a serious winning relationship with agile to take your organisational and business success to the next level.

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