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Taking Inspiration from Others: Transformation at DB Systel Part 1

Pick an organisation to transform into a modern, agile, and self-organised equivalent. Would you pick one of the biggest transportation companies in the world which happens to be a German state-owned, 150-year-old railway organisation with Works Councils? Probably not, and yet DB Systel, part of Deutsche Bahn, shows us that any organisation given the right […]

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Learners lead, leaders learn: The case for technology fluency in the C-Suite

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” —Brian Herbert, Author It’s easy to think of life as linear stages. Where did you go to school? What do you do for a living? What are your retirement plans? These stages are interspersed […]

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Talent: Build vs. Buy

As Enterprise Strategist at AWS, one of the most common questions I get asked by enterprise leaders is how to close the talent gap within their organizations. That’s because although recruiting and retaining top technical talent has always been a challenge, today the challenge is even greater. The rise of cloud computing has companies globally—across […]

Taking Pole Position in Your Industry: Agility in Formula One

Truth be told, most large organizations don’t exactly resemble perfectly tuned machines. In stark contrast is the breathtaking teamwork, focus, and precise execution we witness during Formula One (F1) pit stops. An F1 fan myself, I will explore the world of F1 in this blog post about digital transformation. Why? Because behind each on-podium champagne […]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: ADP on Making DEI a Priority Internally and in Its Products

LinkedIn reports that hiring for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles has increased more than 90% since 2019, as companies expand their investments in ensuring that their organizations, products, and communications reflect the diversity of the customers they serve. DEI is also a growing regulatory concern—particularly with regard to pay equity. In the US, most […]

The CPO-CIO Partnership Part 2: Taking the Gloves Off

The harder you push, the harder the system pushes back. —Peter Senge       A CIO is hired and charged with “fixing IT.” They launch a major reorganisation based on a desire to be an agile, digital-first, data-enabled, platform-based organisation (thank you, Dilbert). IT-staffed product teams are created, although bereft of the outsourced infrastructure […]

Engineering for DEI: Tapping IT Creativity and Technique to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By Wesley Story and Mark Schwartz In previous posts we’ve talked about the increasing enterprise focus on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), or stakeholder capitalism. One of the most important components of ESG is diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI. In this blog post we won’t spend time on why it’s important—we’ve covered that […]

Two-Pizza Teams Are Just the Start, Part 2: Accountability and Empowerment Are Key to High-Performing Agile Organizations

In my previous blog post, I shared with you why the legacy approach of project and skill-based teams stands in the way of organizations becoming high-performing agile organizations that are able to innovate quickly, bring new ideas to market faster, and deploy advanced technology solutions in less time. So what is the answer? Accountability and […]

Two-Pizza Teams Are Just the Start, Part 1: Accountability and Empowerment Are Key to High-Performing Agile Organizations

Go Faster, Innovate More Go Faster. Innovate more. It sounds like a simple directive. Almost every executive I talk to wants to bring new ideas to market faster, accelerate innovation, and deploy advanced technology solutions in less time. Oh, and they need to do all that while building secure, reliable, compliant, and resilient solutions. But […]