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How an agile mindset accelerates growth

The money and capital market platform Loanboox demonstrates how an agile mindset can promote corporate growth: after just 18 months, the company hit CHF 10 billion in requested credit volume. Founder Stefan Mühlemann’s idea of connecting public sector borrowers directly with institutional investors came at exactly the right time. Cost-efficient, transparent and straightforward While working as a consultant for...

21 Jun 2018 by Mischa Ramseyer

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Top-down is the opposite of agile

We understand the term ‘scaled agility’ to mean that every level of a company is operating in an agile manner. In operative areas, cross-functional teams self-organise their work on products. These collaborations are coordinated at the tactical level, and the company management prioritises the key projects at the strategic level. Management: role models for the company Our...

16 Mar 2018 by Fredi Schmidli

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Don’t let anyone steal your business!

In June, Mischa and I will be talking about agile change management at the 5th International Coaching Congress in Olten, which runs from 12 to 13 June 2018 and is themed around ‘Organisation, Digitalisation and Design’. This is a very exciting and extremely relevant topic! Increasing digitalisation requires fundamental changes to organisations. Agile working methods...

15 Mar 2018 by Moreno Della Picca

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Knowledge sharing – or what agile management has to do with Christmas

It’s almost Christmas – a celebration of love, gifts and sharing. Have you already found presents for all your friends and family? Or are you still caught up in the festive hustle and bustle? Material gifts may be nice to get, but what’s really unforgettable is the time you spend with family and friends, as well as the joyful atmosphere.

29 Dec 2017 by Fredi Schmidli

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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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