Thought Leadership

Culture – This Is How We Do Things

By Jim Stanton | Jul 26, 2021 |

“Cultural awareness” means not only being aware of other cultures, but our own as well. Being aware of others’ culture and customs is critical. But an equally important question to ask ourselves is, “How are our customs and practices different from those we are engaging?”

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Perceptions – The Unreal Truths

By Jim Stanton | Jul 19, 2021 |

Perceptions are our awareness and understanding of situations as determined by our senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, and feeling). We absorb more than a thousand impressions per minute through our senses. These impressions shape how we process information, how we reach conclusions, and how we form opinions. They constitute our version of the truth, our biases, our likes, and our dislikes.

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The Nature of People – How Does It Affect What We Do?

By Jim Stanton | Jul 12, 2021 |

Dr. Wilder Penfield (1891-1976) was a neurosurgeon. In 1956 he published his work on Speech and Brain Mechanisms. During his surgical treatments on severely mentally ill patients, he discovered that stimulating different parts of the brain caused the patients to experience a variety of emotions. He found that the brain, through electrical stimulations, releases chemicals that activate the nervous system. These chemicals would induce feelings of fear, excitement, depression, sadness, aggression, anxiety, happiness, etc. He referred to this phenomenon as the chemistry of thought.

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Change Management Consideration Series

By Jim Stanton | Jun 30, 2021 |

The purpose of this series is to inquire, examine, study, and uncover some of the facts, truths, realities, and complexities of change management. The goal is to build a solid understanding and foundation for effectively dealing with change implementation challenges.

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Is Your Culture Hurting or Helping?

By Jim Stanton | May 5, 2021 |

Do you manage the culture? Or does it manage you? How do we determine its effectiveness and influence throughout the organization?

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We’re Humans, Not Robots.

By Scott Stribrny | Apr 7, 2021 |

Successful project managers exhibit critical thinking skills. But we are sometimes forced to make rapid decisions in situations for which we have never been trained. Why is it, that we so often demand absolute perfection of ourselves and our fellow project managers? We’re human, not a robot.

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Beware Agile Era Requirements Blunders

By Scott Stribrny | Oct 2, 2020 |

From our work advising and studying client companies, we have discerned many blunders that leaders should avoid if they want to fully capitalize on agile’s potential. Here are key indicators that warn you when you are about to make a requirements blunder.

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Four Stages to Growing Profitably Outside-In

By Brendan Doorhy | Aug 25, 2020 |

Have you ever struggled with the fuzzy front end of solution development? Ever been confused about whose role it is to innovate for profitable growth, when it should occur and why more innovation is not being generated. Are there other barriers that may be keeping you from realizing more profitable growth?

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Part III – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Aug 4, 2020 |

Transformation Priorities   We talked in Part II of this blog series about elements of agile transformation with a focus on two main initiatives: process and technical agility. We laid out some ideas and details to consider and to understand approaches to scaling. But one question is still not answered – in what order of priority do you…

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Part II – Organizational Transformation – Challenges and Strategies

By Alex Bojanic | Jul 27, 2020 |

Transformation Strategy Elements and Their Priorities   In the previous blog (Part I) we discussed organizational transformation and organizational culture as a factor that is often overlooked, yet is a factor that can greatly impact the outcome and  success of the agile transformation. But before we analyze that impact, lets briefly discuss key elements of a successful…

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