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Scaling Agile

Changing market conditions, technology innovations, consumer empowerment and shifting global markets are just a few of the many pressures contributing to the highly dynamic business environments of today. Organizations have to become agile; reducing time-to-market and improving responsiveness to stay competitive. While Agile principles and working methods have become mainstream, maximizing the benefits of an Agile way of working in large organizations has turned out to be no small feat. One of the major challenges is that corporate bureaucracy gets in the way if the Agile mind-set is not embraced throughout all levels of the organization.

Real change depends on a transformation that is far more radical than improvement at a team level. Small, autonomous teams will not be able to deliver fast value if surrounding processes (e.g. investment funding and portfolio management) still apply long planning cycles. BlinkLane has a proven track record in helping organizations to become Agile on enterprise scale. We are committed to delivering business value with product and service innovation at unprecedented speed, through agility on all levels and across all disciplines of the enterprise.

 

 

Uncertainty is out to get you

Posted by Niels Bergervoet on May 9th, 2017

Certainty is an illusion Something we humans find difficult to understand is uncertainty. We live in the illusion that our world is certain and that we can predict the future. We believe this so badly that we even created whole … Read more

Working from home has reached its peak

Posted by Niels Bergervoet on December 13th, 2016

In the western world we really like to work from home, more than 60% of companies in the EU have employees that work from home. And why not? It gives employees flexibility, saves the office money, and makes it possible … Read more

Scrum: Book Review

Posted by Niels Bergervoet on October 13th, 2016

The godfather of Scrum Jeff Sutherland, one of the godfathers of Scrum, wrote this book together with his son. And it is not meant for Scrum-experts, but for people who are new to this Agile methodology. And preferably don’t even … Read more

The enablers of business agility

Posted by Viktor de Keijzer on September 30th, 2016

Everybody is talking about agile, but mostly about Scrum and Kanban methods. For an organization to be truly agile, there are more factors to take into account. Organizations tend to measure their level of agility by the amount of agile … Read more

Reduce transaction costs: start working Agile

Posted by Lisa van de Voort on May 24th, 2016

In the last decade, the Agile way of working has dramatically decreased transaction costs in the development of new (IT) products. This blog explains what transaction costs are, what Agile is and why transaction costs are lower in Agile development … Read more

Mismatch: Servant Leadership & Agile Transformation

Posted by Andres Jansen on December 7th, 2015

Mismatch: Servant Leadership and Transformation to Agile What is the right type of leadership, transforming to Agile? Start with a strong traditional leader. ‘Servant leadership’ is one of those magic Agile answers to all kind of questions raised by managers, trying … Read more

Paradigm shift in life cycle management

Posted by Irene van Bussel on September 30th, 2015

The traditional approach to life cycle management is no longer sufficient. There are two reasons for this. First, there are lessons to be learned from flaws in life cycle management the past. Second, the current way of working is changing. … Read more

The ABC of reporting for agile organizations (part 1)

Posted by Andres Jansen on December 30th, 2015

Part 1: Does management reporting conflict with a transition to agile?  Part 2: The power of reporting for agile organizations! (Jan-2016) In agile-adopting organizations, I am often consulted on the value of management reporting. Is it agile to have teams frequently reporting … Read more

Agile in different cultures

Posted by Irene van Bussel on January 1st, 2016

When I’m talking about Agile, a lot of people still presume I’m talking about hanging a board on the wall, having standing meetings and using Post-Its for anything and everything. Agile is much more, it is a way of working and … Read more

3 Common misconceptions about Agile

Posted by Irene van Bussel on September 30th, 2015

Many people have heard about Agile, but a lot of misconceptions exist about this. For example, quite a number of people assume Scrum, an Agile method, is only suitable for IT startups in Silicon Valley. This is one of the … Read more

The Chasm: Why most business agility transformations fail

Posted by Niels Groen on July 15th, 2015

Business agility is the hottest thing in current management thinking. Well-established, long-existing companies are recognizing that they need to be faster in responding to the market than they used to be. In the Internet age, the forces that used to … Read more

The effectual stairway to top class Agility

Posted by Kaan Bulakeri on September 17th, 2014

Effectual entrepreneurship is the stairway to Agility, for large as well as small organisations. Good news is, effectuation is born as a ‘school of thought’, which makes it a teachable mindset. With this entrepreneurial mindset the chances are much bigger that … Read more

Unlocking Big Data potential using Design Thinking

Posted by Mathias Cobben on February 10th, 2014

Big Data is high on the corporate agenda these days, with plenty of managers seeing high level opportunities.  Unfortunately, its precise contribution to corporate strategy and operations is a lot less clear.  Much like “the internet” about two decades ago, Big … Read more

We shape our tools, then they shape us

Posted by Arent van 't Spijker on February 6th, 2014

Yesterday I hosted a round table discussion at the CIO Summit in Haarlem.  One of keynote speakers at the event was Ben Hammersley, Editor at Wired UK and technology advisor to, amongst others, the European Commission. The point Hammersley made … Read more

Videoblog: Business Agility

Posted by Niels Groen on January 24th, 2014

This videoblog puts business agility in a historical perspective. It explains what Agile is, and why it matters to modern business. Read more

Banks sell customer’s data

Posted by Arent van 't Spijker on January 8th, 2014

Traditionally, banks have been very good at analyzing transactional data from their customer base, both in consumer and corporate banking. But since the last year, they have actively started selling customer’s transaction data to corporate clients. In many countries banks … Read more

How data impacts the value chain

Posted by Arent van 't Spijker on December 19th, 2013

Today I was pointed to a 1995 article on HBR by Jeffrey F. Rayport and John J. Sviokla. The article describes how companies need to consider their position in the value chain in the real world (which they call marketplace) and … Read more

Facebook: all the data but no answers

Posted by Arent van 't Spijker on November 11th, 2013

Facebook has always been heralded as the company that has an unimaginable amount of data about a billion people. But when stock market analysts value the company, they tend to discuss advertising revenues, not data sales. Certainly, Facebook uses all … Read more

Building a business model that gains from disorder

Posted by Mathias Cobben on August 16th, 2013

In his most recent book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, Nassim Taleb digs deeper in how to deal with an ever more unpredictable external environment, or even better, how to profit from it. Profiting from randomness and uncertainty is what Taleb … Read more

Software Development is showing us the way

Posted by Ralph Hofman on October 17th, 2012

One of today’s big management challenges is how to combine innovation with execution. Only by combining the two, organizations will be able to shorten time to market of new initiatives and improve responsiveness to changing conditions. On the one hand … Read more

Agile for Business Owners

Posted by Eelco Rustenburg on August 20th, 2012

IT is underperforming. It is not living up to the promise. Regardless of who’s fault it was, or who wants to blame who, the ultimate end result: IT needs to be faster, simpler, better, more responsive, fit for use. Nothing … Read more

What is Agility?

Posted by Ralph Hofman on July 27th, 2012

Changing market conditions, technology innovations, consumer empowerment and shifting global markets are just a few of the many pressures that create the highly dynamic business environments of today. Organizations have to reduce time to market and improve responsiveness to stay competitive. … Read more

The eternal question: can i use Scrum for [xxxx] ??

Posted by Eelco Rustenburg on July 9th, 2012

When can you use Scrum? When not to do Scrum? Can you use Scrum in a manufacturing environment? Can you use Scrum for implementation or roll out projects? How about ERP? All questions that are high on the agenda of … Read more

How to do great workshops: the vision workshop

Posted by Eelco Rustenburg on July 9th, 2012

In the past two years, I have conducted numerous workshops, dealing with so-called business requirements. The question always was something like: “can you please facilitate a workshop, to help us get ready to start building”. Because of my Agile/Scrum background … Read more