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Agile for (and in) Marketing - An Agile Business Management Community Whitepaper

There is a growing trend towards business agility; the adoption of agile and lean practices across the enterprise. This is nowhere more evident than in marketing.

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Pair Trading: Agile Collaboration in Finance

Pair trading* is a technique to improve the productivity and quality of stock trading (or any type of financial trading, e.g. commodities). In pair trading, two traders share a single workstation. The trader at the keyboard (usually called the driver) actively trades, while the second trader (called the observer or navigator) is reviewing, advising, thinking through problems and generally sanity checking the first. These two roles switch on a regular basis (e.g. every ½ hour). The pairs also swap partners every day.

*Not to be confused with a Pair Trade

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Innovation Room

I was recently asked a question about using Kanban to visibly manage innovation across an organisation. This builds on a case study I wrote for NZPG on their Sorting Room [/content/new-zealand-post-group-%E2%80%93-agile-executive].

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Train your customers first; an agile idea

Most agile practitioners would agree with me when I say that an agile project cannot succeed without the direct support of your customers. So here's a controversial idea; instead of starting a new agile project or agile business transformation by training your team, start by training your customers. We talk about investing in our staff so why not also invest in our customers? After all, they are the reason you are in business in the first place. 

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6 things to look for when recruiting for agile teams

Recruiting for agile teams requires a different focus than when recruiting for traditional teams. I'd like to give you some of the qualities I look for in candidates when I am recruiting. 
  1. Passion and aptitude: I recruit strategically. It is much easier to teach a skill and instill passion.
  2. Communication: An agile team thrives on strong communication (and I don't mean accents or poor English). If someone can get a point across in 5 words or a simple picture, their in. 
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The Structure of an Agile Organisation

Whether you are building an agile software department or an agile organisation, the ideal structure must minimise the layers of bureaucracy between the CEO, or equivalent, and the do'ers, whilst still remaining efficient and functional. At its core, self-organising and cross-functional teams, supported by empowering individuals with personal authority and accountability, are an effective means of achieving this agile organisational structure. Under this model, a single, mid-level manager should be capable of leading and supporting between 10-20 teams of 5-9 individuals.

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Team Wikispeed: Developing Hardware the Software Way - HBR Case Study

Our wikispeed friends have written up and published a case study with the Harvard Business Review. While there is a small fee for access, it's worth it for anyone interested in Agile Engineering. To read the abstract and to order copies visit the HBR here: http://hbr.org/product/team-wikispeed-developing-hardware-the-software-way/an/ES1391-HCB-ENG

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Agile for audit

The recent ABMC article about the audit group at Suncorp adopting agile practices was heartening. Historically, agile and audit have gone together like oil and water, and as a former auditor the story struck a chord. In my experience, auditors tended to view agile suspiciously and as a ‘thing to deal with,’ rather than an opportunity for the broader organization, or, even, an opportunity for themselves.