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Smarter Teams by “Beeing” Agile

The Agile Manifesto declared that “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams”. With this one sentence, centuries of command and control management mindset is put to the test. Instead of managers telling people what to do, leaders are now challenged to decentralize decision making, which empowers those closest to the problem to […]

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More! Faster! Cheaper!

I bet you have been asked to either improve the productivity of your teams or justify your teams performance. How did you respond to that request? Did you hem and haw and talk about how hard they are working? Did you point to their velocity and show how much output they were producing? I wrote […]

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Agile @ School

One of our community leaders, John Miller, has introduced agile in schools – increasing collaboration, self-direction and learning through team-based approaches.

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Leading through Complexity…

Over the past 100 years we have successfully engineered complicated outcomes – we put men on the moon, we successfully execute brain surgery, we construct 100+ story buildings, and we can travel across the globe without losing our bags (most of the time). Yet we are now in a world where complex outcomes are now […]

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Idea Exchange: Engaging Your Customers

One of the most challenging concepts in Agile for companies (Product Owners) is the decision on what to focus on for upcoming product deliveries. As I share in my Product Owner (CSPO) workshops, the PO role most difficult (and most important) role in Scrum – precisely because of the impossible puzzle of delivering the value requested across the diverse stakeholder pool. […]

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Sustained Impact

I received an email today from a client who was appreciative of the private Agile Leadership workshop we conducted back in June. He included a picture of one of the main hallways in their office, sporting all of the flip charts we created during our workshop together (see the main picture of this blog post).

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Thank You Jana!

I would be remiss to exit this Thanksgiving weekend without one more Thank You! It takes a lot to run a company, even a small one like Trail Ridge. And while I am the face of this organization, and often get the bulk of the praise and respect, there is a tremendous amount of work that […]

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Thank You!

Trail Ridge Consulting been in business for over 11 years (since August of 2005) with an unwavering mission – to help leaders improve business results through empowered high-performing teams focused on their customer’s need. And this business would not be successful without the respect, trust and opportunities that our client leaders offer us to work with them. So it is for […]

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Marginal Gains

In a recent Freakonomics podcast on “In praise of Incrementalism”, Stephen Dubner showcases how substantial change occurs incrementally over time, rather than big bang revolutions. He illustrates this through civil-rights social movements of african americans and same-sex marriage. However, the story that hooked me as a cyclist is on the Sky Cycling team and their marginal gains approach…

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Agile Leaders…

What do agile leaders do and how does this differ from traditional leadership? In one sense, you might consider agile leadership to be simply “good leadership” or “healthy leadership”. However, agile leadership is critical in terms of the complex, uncertain, and rapidly changing environments we work in. This article highlights some of the key behaviors/benefits agile […]

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