Karl A L Smith

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Customer Agility Framework ™ soft launch

The Customer Agility Framework ™ is being soft launched on the 29th of September 2023 through an interactive website https://customeragilityframework.com/ a companion website with the business benefits case was previously launched https://customeragility.com/. There will be a Customer Agility Framework ™…

A new perspective with Karl A L Smith Interview

Karl A L Smith unpacks the latest technology trends in this episode, a must-listen for business leaders looking to prioritise investment. A new perspective with Karl A L Smith Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts Transcript Speaker 1: Ready to explore…

State of Agile Culture 2023 with Agile World ®

Agile World ® is supporting the 2023 Agile Culture research project. This project is being delivered using unique technology within a survey that collects the truth about agile culture using the Neurotech® platform the people analytics technology. The survey objectives…

Karl A L Smith interview with LeadersHum

Karl A L Smith Managing Partner of Agile World Inc. interview with LeadersHum about the three strands of his work experience, changing the paradigm, changing the context (of working environments) and experimenting. He highlights key characteristics of Leadership and Leaders and…

Being Agile

To really understand Agile we needs to understand where it came from. Agile Problem Statements – what were the issues that agile was created to solve? Alternative to document driven, heavyweight development processes Throwing work over the fence Work around…

Introduction to Agile from forthcoming Essential Agile book

This is fundamental to understand what Agile is, the benefits it delivers and how to implement it. Agile is fundamentally about moving to a trust relationship with staff and evolving past the industrial revolution practice of overseers for ignorant and unskilled workers.

Story Points are an Estimation of Complexity not Time

For those that know this about Story Points, none of this post will be surprise, but given the current crop of consultants talking about delivering capabilities and features using story points I think it’s time to restate this simple fact;…

Agile Metrics are a Data View

Agile Metrics are a data view from several metrics at once in order to establish validated information from several aspects of activity. While this understanding should be common sense it’s not apparent from the numerous metrics being employed both during…

Agile does not Scale it Consumes

Agile does not Scale, first let’s be clear what scaling means, before I’m tarred and feathered. Some Definitions of Scaling Scaling technique is a method of placing respondents in continuation of gradual change in the pre-assigned values. All the scaling…

Agile does not Reduce Headcount

Agile Transformation and Change Agile does not Reduce Headcount no matter who tells you that, this view sets the scene for failure. Unfortunately it’s a lie, best left to marketing materials and companies desperate for work. People who make the…

Agile World

Agile World with our hosts Sabrina C E Bruce and Karl Smith talk with Dhanusha Gokhool and Harold Campbell about their Agile journeys and about their new meetup in Mauritius, Agile Mauritius https://www.meetup.com/agile-mauritius/  The Agile20Reflect Festival is in the past but…

A Scottish Revolution to Re Energise Agile

Regardless of the state of the world or futility that people may feel at this time something tremendous has been started in Scotland that is touching and building up people all across the world. The reflection at this point on…

Agile Transformation

The book about Agile Transformation is not theories but real consultancy refined by the experience of working in enterprises with both business and technology leaders and workers. It is aimed at decision makers and to everyone out there who has…

Organisational Design for Business Agility and Agile Transformation

Some things to understand before getting into the main article. Agile is based on some very human concepts around how to work and what to value. Some of these concepts are exactly the same as UX and are driven by…

What is Human Experience in Design?

Excerpt from Designing for Human Experience, republished by permission of Polymath Knowledge 25th Nov 2020 designing for TDP – the design process IA – information architecture CA – content author PD – product design ID – instructional design U –…

Top 100 Thought Leaders and Influencers to follow in 2020

Karl Smith named in the The Awards Magazine, Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers to Follow in 2020. Well let’s step back a bit from that, I mean it’s wonderful sounding but what does it actually mean and does it…

Agile an Unexpected Journey Compendium Book

Agile an Unexpected Journey. A Compendium of Agile Biographies How exactly did people get involved in Agile, what did then learn that galvanised them and propelled them into a career in it? This compendium of Agile Biographies by practitioners expresses…

Servant Leadership Experiments in Ways of Working Book

Servant Leadership is not just another fad in business its a critical component of successful adoption of Business Agility. The book covers experiences and anecdotes describing 15 years of implementing Servant Leadership in high pressure, results oriented work environments. It…

Fail Fast, Fail Small to avoid Failing Big and Failing Slow #BusinessAgility

You would think by this late stage in the life of Agile and Agility that the concepts would be well embedded in organisational transformation, people assessments and processes. From my experience I’ve never seen Agile actually fail, I seen people…

#UX and #Development cannot exist in the same #Agile workstream

“UX and Development cannot exist in the same Agile workstream” might sound like an outlandish claim but if you fully understand, it’s obvious. Forcing things to work as with the picture above is not a good idea. Can UX be…

#Agile #User #stories is a #UX #method

User stories is another name for a Cognitive Walkthrough I have been involved in Agile for a very long time, mainly because it uses methods from the human computer interaction scientific process (CHI/HCI). Organizational Agility and Business Agility Group (27,000…

#Blended #program #management #Prince and #Agile methods Part 1

Blended Program Management I have been involved in project and program management since 1989 across various sectors and more recently have been focused in banking and finance. I have experience in Prince and Agile methodologies and will expand on the blending…

Agile Business Management Change Management Investment Banking

Save 35% ££ on banking change, requirements gathering should take no more than six months

Requirements gathering in Banking change programs are over detailed, over long and for the most part undeliverable. There is and has been a huge requirement for change in British banking for several years as senior bankers have sought to lever…

Business Management Change Management Competitive Advantage Human Centred Design (HCD) User Experience (UX)

#Banking #Change #Management through #Human #Centred #Design #HCD

Massive change management is taking place across all sectors of British banking over the last three years driven by buy outs and mergers, some by efficiencies and a little more recently through questioning the nature and controls around risk management.