Category: Ideas & Insights


Evolving the profit and people business equation

On December 1, 2021 in the thick fog of COVID pandemic uncertainty with most countries announcing quarantine restrictions ahead of the Christmas holiday season, Simon Sinek tweeted one of his famous timely quotes "Profit isn't a purpose, it's a result. Purpose is the reason we do the thing that makes the profit." About a month ...


Fix Delivery Predictability in the Boardroom

I recently spoke to a senior IT executive in a large Canadian nonprofit with rich history dating back to late 1800's. It was clear that COVID provided a point of personal reflection and he recently left the private sector for a more meaningful position serving Canadians. Among many comparisons between private and nonprofit organizations, we ...


How Small Businesses Can Stay Afloat and Survive the Pandemic

Staying afloat during the pandemic is proving quite difficult for many business owners. Between limiting in-person services and people cutting back on spending, a staggering number of businesses have closed in a year. However, with some help from technology upgrades and by adapting to new regulations, it’s possible to keep your business alive throughout the ...


COVID-19 Business Resilience Workshop… have Readiness Plan in just 3 hours

Get your business COVID19 ready and your staff from worried / scared / surreal to focused / energized / confident before lunch, in just three hours. This is a self-help guide on how to run a COVID19 Business Resilience Workshop in your organization. This is the fastest way to decide on your core services, resilience policies, and appropriate communication plan... but also to turn your staff from scared to focused.


Using Complexity to Answer 5 Tough Agile Questions

Can a single insight answer five tough questions facing Agile today? Let's find out! Here are the topics we'll be wrestling with in this article: Why is it so difficult to predict or provide delivery dates in Agile?Why doubling team size doesn't necessarily increase team productivity?Why Agile requires executive and stakeholders to change? Why can't ...


Five P’s of Office Politics

Office politics are a complex issue, especially when we are the subjects of it. Yes sometimes decisions are made to advance personal executive agendas or business profit at the “expense” of people. Yes the business “morality” is often in conflict with the morality of staff effected. On the surface, especially when we are victims of these ...


How customer-centricity empowers BDD and story lifecycle @ Agile Testing Summit Toronto

On August 30, come out to Agile Testing Summit in Toronto. We are honoured to be a speaker at this summit. Here are topic details and link to register... Go beyond behaviour-driven development practices in this interactive session. Push the boundaries and explore how BDD mindset can be used to radically involve customers throughout the ...


Agile Product Development @ Silicon Halton

Product planning and management has evolved over the years from waterfall to Lean Agile. Traditional methods are geared towards an end date and single customer and focus on managing known scope, price and timing. However, products are constantly disrupted through a series of market shifts and ever-changing customers needs. A more fundamental shift towards a ...


How Digital Transformation is revolutionizing Project Management

As customers are becoming more Digital, our projects become more digital, and we (our roles) become more digital. "The core structure and capabilities of established project management offices (PMOs) are being disrupted and challenged by digitization…" says Joanne Kopcho, Research VP for Gartner. Let's explore how Digital Transformation is impacting project management processes and practices. ...


We implemented Agile but it’s not bringing expected results… What’s next?

Organizations have been implementing Agile since late 90's. One of the more recent and most reliable stats is from 2017 PMI Pulse on the Profession stating "71 percent of organizations report using agile approaches for their projects". That same publication elaborates that only 21% of projects are done in Agile alone and another 20% in ...