1 05, 2016

Embracing Agile

By | May 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This article originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review (subscription may be required). Agile innovation methods have revolutionized information technology. Over the past 25 to 30 years they have greatly increased success rates in software development, improved quality and speed to market, and boosted the motivation and productivity of IT teams. Now agile methodologies—which involve new values, principles, practices, and benefits and are a radical alternative to command-and-control-style management—are spreading across a broad range of industries and functions and even into the C-suite. National Public Radio employs agile methods to create new programming. John Deere uses them to develop new machines, and Saab to produce new fighter jets. Intronis, a leader in cloud backup services, uses them in marketing. C.H. Robinson, a global third-party logistics provider, applies [...]

22 01, 2016

Post-Holiday Outlook and Agile Innovation

By | January 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Holiday sales were decent in aggregate but disappointing for a number of prominent retailers. Omnichannel retail sales grew 3.1% over the holiday season (November and December). Growth skewed heavily toward e-commerce, where sales grew more than seven times faster than they did in stores (13% versus 1.7%). The need for retailers to deliver profitable growth, and to build the innovation capabilities required to do so, has never been greater. Winning retailers will adopt a more comprehensive approach to innovating both online and in stores, aligning the organization across a common set of priorities. That approach—a systematic, repeatable and fast method for designing and developing prioritized innovation—is called Agile. The season in review Preliminary estimates indicate that core retail sales grew 3.1% this holiday season over [...]