by Lucas Souza, Enterprise Agile and Innovation Coach at why innovation!
It is now a must for any product teams to strive to continuously deliver value to users. As an Agile coach, I often get asked by new Product Owners - ‘but everyone else is doing the same, so how can we do more?’ In this article, I want to share some of my thoughts on how to increase value delivered by a product, all by focusing on optimising the user experience.
by Joy Wang, Business Development Director of why innovation!
As a business developer in agile and innovation consultancy business for many years, I find myself speaking to many clients about the various aspects of an organisation’s digital transformation journey. My clients and prospects often ask the following questions:
Many companies are making big investments in training, giving the strategic direction for all teams to adopt Agile, and then trying to implement an Agile transformation all by themselves. Often, this approach results in an unsatisfactory output, leading to teams and stakeholders telling me that “Agile doesn’t work for us”. But why?
"Looking back at my teenager years I’ve always had only two careers in mind: to become an airline pilot and be able to travel the world; or to work with technology, as I wanted to create the same games I used to play on my super Nintendo. My first dream was shattered due to uncontrollable reasons; thankfully, at the same time, I got my first personal computer which fostered my fascination for all things software as well as hardware."
Explore the world of Pedro Pimentel, who wears several hats (like most of the whyers do) as an Agile Coach, a trainer, a techy guru, a blogger and a community evangelist. By the way, guess which country he comes from? ;-)
Market players in travelling sphere are constantly upgrading their services with new technologies for greater customer experience. What are the challenges opportunities in the process? What are the essential techniques, talents and skills needed? How are key players teaming up for providing integrated solutions to the travellers?
In the upcoming Red Dot Innovation meet up, we are welcoming digital transformation leaders from Singapore Airlines, AXA, mobilityX and our own MD Yann Hamon to talk about revolutionizing a new travel experience. Join us for informative talks, panel discussions and massive networking with 100+ professionals, innovators and practitioners in the region for an insightful evening on April 17! RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/Red-Dot-Innovation/events/260049683/
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” said Gandhi, only this time, it set the right tone for the Agile Leadership workshop for a large global facility management company.
These were only some of the many topics that we raised and discussed throughout the day, which would help the organisation’s Executive Committee to understand, internalise and apply agile leadership values, principles and methods to their own context.
Last week, we facilitated a workshop with 100+ attendees from a large MedTech company, where they constructed several cities from Lego blocks and other materials such as masking tape, water bottles, and whatever else they could find. From these ordinary materials, we ended up with some extremely imaginative cityscapes – and of course it couldn’t have been achieved without adopting an Agile mindset. You’ve no doubt heard the saying ‘Rome wasn't built in a day’. So, how can it even be possible to build a city within 3 hours?
How is it like to be a "cool mother"? Kalyani Mehendale, professional consultant and designer by day, mother of two beautiful kids and a drum player by night, shared with us how she's developed her professional career, and how she prioritises among the never-ending to-do list under multiple hats.
by Daryl Chan, Managing Consultant and Hong Kong Lead of why innovation!
When it comes to training, it can be difficult to get people’s attention about something they already think is common knowledge - which is often the case with Agile and innovation. Id like to share my thoughts on one particular aspect, that is if we want to provide authentic, meaningful learning outcomes, it is the responsibility of all trainers in the Agile and innovation space to create more unique experiences.
No matter where you stand on the spectrum of how people learn: digital/offline, pedagogy/andragogy, Bloom or Gagne - a few things remain constant in maximising the impact of training: experiential learning and contextual delivery.
We held a lot of training classes in 2018, and three things (out of many) that we found worked rather well:
by Yann Hamon, Founder and Managing Director of why innovation!
For over 20 years, I have been focused on helping C-level leaders to develop their competencies mainly in two key areas: cultivating an Agile mindset and incorporating innovation into strategic thinking. Whilst many CIOs are dedicated in their effort to lead ‘digital transformation’ (which is both challenging and context-specific), they may not realise the magnitude of the changes required to achieve successful, sustainable change.
By far the most common question I get asked is: “so after my organisation becomes Agile, what’s next?”
My answer today is the same as it has been over the years – that it is the wrong question to ask. Agile is not just a shiny fruit to pick from a tree, nor a stop to disembark from on a train line. Instead, it should be a journey which embraces continuous change, self-adaptivity and an open culture without adhering to immutable framework or processes.
I’d like to share some recommendations for organisations to maximize the benefit from adopting Agile, as well as several common misunderstandings to avoid.
Agile Beer Singapore is an open community and also a part of the Agile Beer Global. The community originally started in Rio de Janeiro in Oct 2016. Created by Cristiane ‘Coca’ Pitzer, the idea of Agile Beer is building a community to connect Agile professionals, organize Agile meetups in cities around the world, and spread Agile principles and practices.
We are very excited to roll out the very first Agile Beer meetup in Singapore last week. Thanks to why innovation! to host ours 1st event and Lucas Souza, Agile Coach of why innovation!, to open the new Agile Beer Community in the Red Dot City!