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How to make change management happen in the most effective way

Many things can put your business at risk, including changes to your organisation, people or technology. The current pandemic has put many businesses under unprecedented pressure, and some even teetering on the brink of survival. Crises like this quickly turn change...

Future-ready part 2: Diversity – an essential ingredient for a future-ready organisation

In his seminal 1937 essay, “The nature of the firm,” the economist and eventual Nobel laureate Ronald Coase argued that corporations exist to avoid the transaction costs of the free market. Yet with transaction costs plummeting (spurred by rising connectivity)...

Future-ready part 1: What does a future-ready business look like in the new normal?

The pressure to change had been building for years. Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, senior executives routinely worried that their organisations were too slow, too siloed, too bogged down in complicated matrix structures, too bureaucratic. What many leaders feared,...

Organisation Design: Restructuring or Reshuffling to enable Strategy

Customer expectations are not just changing; they are exceeding the ability of a business to deliver on time. They are looking for alternatives, with more emphasis on experience and convenience. To keep up, companies are evolving their offering to meet the...

How to fill the gap between Strategy and Execution

Organisations are great at setting their strategy and identifying their goals, but they fall short when it comes to their operating model review and redesign, the key component that enables the strategy and drives the achievement of goals. Operating models consist of...

Culture PART 2: The role of leaders in a culture shift

In the previous article in this series we examined the effect of COVID-19 on an organisation’s culture. Now, we turn the focus onto the role of leadership and technology in leveraging culture. When an organisation decides to change its culture – be it planned or...

Culture PART 1: Did COVID-19 signal the end for hierarchical organisations?

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, human capital is defined as: “the knowledge, skills, competencies and other attributes embodied in individuals or groups of individuals acquired during their life and used to produce goods,...

Meet MAC’s Executives: Karina Jardim, Senior Executive

“Exceptionally talented consultant” “An absolute pleasure to work with” “Driven by a desire to see people grow” If you know Karina Jardim, you know that these phrases used to describe Karina ring undoubtedly true. She is a name that is valued to every MACer, whether...

Thriving in the Age of Digital Adoption: Embracing the Workforce Ecosystem (part 2)

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...

Thriving in the Age of Digital Adoption: Overcoming the Fear of AI (part 1)

“What if artificial intelligence takes over my job? What if I become redundant?” Every one of us has experienced technology encroaching on our lives, more and more so with each year that passes. It appears that technological innovation is a certainty that is only...



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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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