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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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Help Us Help Haiti

For the past 5 years, Trail Ridge Consulting has “adopted” Haiti as one of our key global outreach areas – as the country has continued to recover from the earthquake in 2010. Jana Zimmerman, our Outreach Catalyst at Trail Ridge Consulting has coordinated with Community Health Initiative (CHI) Haiti as both a board member and volunteer […]

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Reprogramming Leadership for Agility

My recent talk at Agile Leadership Day in Zurich, Switzerland. Are you interested in scaling or growing agility within your organization? Then stop focusing on the organization and start with yourself!

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Video: Agile Leadership Discussion

Pete Behrens from Trail Ridge Consulting is bringing his passion for Agile to leadership. He recognizes that, while the ScrumMaster is responsible for identifying and removing impediments, it’s so often the case that the SM doesn’t have the power to actually remove the impediments: only leadership can do it. Leadership is a key factor in […]

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