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Distributed Authority Holacracy is a distributed authority system – a set of “rules of the game” that bake empowerment into the core of the organization. Unlike conventional top-down or progressive bottom-up approaches, it integrates the benefits of both without relying on parental heroic leaders. Everyone becomes a leader of their roles and a follower of others’, processing tensions with real authority and real responsibility, through dynamic governance and transparent operations. Related reading: Blog post: Empowerment is Dead; Long Live Empowerment Related reading: The Holacracy Constitution: the actual rules of Holacracy Processing Tensions Holacracy harnesses the conscious capacity of those within to sense dissonance between what is (current reality) and what could be (the purpose): the feeling of a “tension”. Holacracy installs clear processes for “governance” and “operations” – in every team, at every level of scale. Related reading: Blog post: Processing Tensions

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Hello incoming altMBA students! Congratulations on adding your name to the small but growing list of people who have decided to “leap” (as Seth likes to say) – to make the change you dream to make in your lives. Throughout the past month, as a member of the inaugural class of altMBA, I’ve felt extremely challenged at times, emotionally bare, getting the metaphorical crap kicked out of me by our latest prompt or challenge, and conflicted by what is comfortable and reliable (and boring and monotonous), and what is passionate and inspiring (and scary as sh*t). A Road Worth Traveling: The Connected Car Is An Innovation Catalyst Don’t worry about the size of your engine; the value of your car will soon lie in the power of its software. Some of the world’s most innovative companies are working on ways to make your car as intelligent as the phone in your pocket (or smarter). The movement – known as the Connected Car – has gained huge traction over the past couple of years, resulting in an entirely new ecosystem of players.

Top Agile and Scrum Tools - Which One Is Best? There are many different types of Agile tools out there. Some are free, some are paid, some are going by the new business model called “Freemium” in which you get a distilled version of the software but to get all the awesome features and scaleability you have to pay. So which Agile tools are out there? Which Scrum tools are the best for your business? Which Agile project management tools are the best for your client? Often we forget to frame what we want to really achieve in our innovation activity, instead we simply dive in and start innovating. I believe until we know what solutions we feel we need or the market wants, we will more often than not, end up disappointed in our innovation solutions. Simply generating ideas, for ideas sake, just does not cut it at all. In recent years our innovation understanding and its management have significantly changed, due to numerous factors that have been happening.

Empathy Map Goal: Understand What Your Stakeholders Want From Your Business Analyze your customers and business partners instantly online! In an ideal world, you could perfectly understand what the stakeholders in your company want from your product or service. Unfortunately, this is difficult to fully accomplish, as the expectations of those integral to your business are often not apparent until a change has already been made — for better or for worse. With XPLANE’s Empathy Map, you can collaborate with your stakeholders or your own internal team — taking the perspective of your customers or business partners — to strategically analyze the desires and needs of those important to your company, and to uncover ways to improve your product or service. To play online, click on the Empathy Map image.

Private Equity and the CEO: Partners in the Quest for Value Private Equity, People & Organization SHARE mail Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on google_plusone_shareShare on linkedin Private Equity and the CEO: Partners in the Quest for Value Add To Interests SAVE CONTENT PRINT PDF The Agile Dilemma voke defines the "Agile Dilemma" as the inherent risk and confusion created by the business desire for speed and flexibility misinterpreted as a mandate to participate in the developer-centric movement called Agile, which may not be appropriate for all organizations or projects. Read voke's Agile Research Today voke surveyed over 200 participants from diverse technology and non technology companies about their use of Agile development and the results they experienced. This Market Snapshot report presents and analyzes their responses about the use, general perceptions, challenges, and benefits of Agile. This analysis provides organizations a context for evaluating whether or not to participate in the Agile movement, and identifying how, when, or whether or not Agile practices make sense for their organizations. Research subscribers, please login to access this report.

Communication Framework for Change Agents Change agents and their ideas are the life force of organizations. Innovation of all kinds is essential for organizations to grow and thrive; in fact, organizations that can more easily respond to new facts and conditions have a great advantage. In their book Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises, UC Berkeley’s Dr. Homa Bahrami and Carnegie Mellon’s Dr. Stuart Evans tell us that super flexible organizations are the most successful. These organizations have strong “circulatory systems” that foster idea flow, and they execute more dynamically.

Hype cycle for development ideas: 2014 edition The “hype cycle” is a wonderful conceptual framework for understanding how technologies move from initial invention to widespread application. The basic path is simple: whenever a new technology comes along, it usually gets hyped to the point of inflating expectations about how much it will revolutionize your life, then reality will sink in and we’ll all be disillusioned by the unfulfilled promises, after which it finally rises to a level of productivity. Visually, it looks like this: (Source.)