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How does pragmatic solutions work with external partners in an agile way?

In previous blogposts, we’ve discussed decision-making in a self-organised team and considered how to deal with conflicts. These internal processes help the team move forward. However, collaboration with external partners is also important for pragmatic solutions: outsourcing various tasks allows everyone to concentrate on their core activities. But how do we guarantee agile working...

14 Sep 2017 by Chris Kruppa

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Why digitalisation requires an agile organisation

Digital service such as those offered by Netflix and Spotify are now an integral part of our daily lives. And we also expect digital products from our financial services providers – for example, banking apps. In order to prepare itself for the future, Dutch banking group ING decided in 2015 to transition from a traditionally...

by Fredi Schmidli

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Accelerate your product development!

We first tackled Cost of Delay on our blog last September. This factor enables you to calculate how much delaying a product’s market entry costs per month, making it particularly important for the prioritisation of ongoing projects. However, a key obstacle to swift product development is the fact that the most important decisions can frequently...

04 Aug 2017 by Adrian von Orelli

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How do we resolve conflicts as a self-organised team?

Our company has a competence hierarchy, rather than a power hierarchy: whoever has most expertise on a specific topic can decide the course of action, for which the relevant team members must be consulted. In self-organised teams, however, there is a second major challenge alongside decision-making: conflict resolution.
First, resolve conflicts within yourself

05 Jul 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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From business model to product and from product to business model

Lean Innovation and Design Thinking are currently hot topics. Both frameworks produce the same results – it's only the methods that differ. Design Thinking – what is it? The concept of Design Thinking isn’t new. It arose from industrial design and aims to develop innovative services targeted at customer needs. It therefore focuses on the different...

24 May 2017 by Adrian von Orelli

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Lateral thinking on Lake Constance

In April, I was invited to the sold-out Grenzdenken 2017 conference to give an account of my quest for the perfect company with pragmatic solutions gmbh. So I asked myself, 'How do modern companies in the 21st century prepare themselves for the future?' I told the audience about my very personal journey over the...

12 May 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Decision making in an agile team – There is no right or wrong

In our last blog post, we examined decision making in an agile team. Here’s what we found: decisions have to be taken, even in agile teams. And, of course, people don't always agree with each other. I suggested consultative individual decisions as a potential solution. In practice, this means that a team member is chosen...

05 May 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Decision-making in an agile team – Who decides?

As agile coaches, we feel it is especially important to live out agile values ourselves. Anyone who knows us knows that we are committed to the agile mindset. We derive our principles from our values, which means that we face a continual succession of new challenges. There is one in particular that I would like...

28 Apr 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Standing room only at Agile Breakfast in Zurich

Interest in agile transformation skyrockets! Stefano Trentini and I were pleased to find ourselves amongst a thronging crowd at the SwissICT Agile Breakfast that took place on 1 March 2017 in Zurich. Around 20 people usually show up for the Agile Breakfast events, which are held regularly in Zurich. This time, though, there...

26 Apr 2017 by Mischa Ramseyer

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