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Agile Strategy: Short-Cycle Strategy Development and Execution

Agile Strategy: Short-Cycle Strategy Development and Execution

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Linda Parker Gates

When the rate of change inside an institution becomes slower than the rate of change outside, the end is in sight. - Jack Welch In a world of agile everything, agile concepts are being applied in areas well beyond software development. At the NDIA Agile in Government Summit held in Washington, D.C. in June, Dr. George Duchak, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Command & Control, Communications & Networks, and Business Systems, spoke...

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Are We Creating Organizational Debt?

Are We Creating Organizational Debt?

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Linda Parker Gates

Interest in Agile and lightweight development methods in the software development community has become widespread. Our experiences with the application of Agile principles have therefore become richer. In my blog post, Toward Agile Strategic Planning, I wrote about how we can apply Agile principles to strategic planning. In this blog post, I apply another Agile concept, technical debt, to another organizational excellence issue. Specifically I explore whether organizational debt is accrued when we implement quick...

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Strategic Planning: Developing Business Drivers for Performance Improvement

Strategic Planning: Developing Business Drivers for Performance Improvement

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Linda Parker Gates

Organizational improvement efforts should be driven by business needs, not by the content of improvement models. While improvement models, such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) or the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, provide excellent guidance and best practice standards, the way in which those models are implemented must be guided by the same drivers that influence any other business decision. Business drivers are the collection of people, information, and conditions that initiate and...

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Toward Agile Strategic Planning

Toward Agile Strategic Planning

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Linda Parker Gates

The appeal of Agile or lightweight development methods has grown steadily in the software development community. Having spent a number of years investigating strategic planning approaches, I've recently been thinking about whether Agile principles can be--and should be--applied to strategic planning. This blog post examines the applicability of Agile principles to strategic planning....

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Strategic Planning with Critical Success Factors and Future Scenarios

Strategic Planning with Critical Success Factors and Future Scenarios

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Linda Parker Gates

Strategic planning is a process for defining an organization's approach for achieving its mission. Conducting successful strategic planning is essential because it creates a foundation for executing work, as well as setting the stage for enterprise architecture, process improvement, risk management, portfolio management, and any other enterprise-wide initiatives. Government organizations are operating in an environment of almost near-constant change, however, which makes it hard to conduct strategic planning efforts successfully. Moreover, when organizations do tackle...

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