Category Archives: Agile Thinking

Can Management Pride Prevent An Agile Survival?

By Brian Lucas This one is for Clyde! “Pride goes before destruction…” – Proverbs 16:18[*] How many enterprises are still not operating under an agile philosophy?   How long can they continue to survive in an age fraught with constant change?  … Continue reading

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If you’re Kayaking you’d better be AGILE!

By Brian Lucas This one is for Penelope – rest in peace! “I don’t think people would climb mountains or jump off bridges with parachutes or kayak Class V rapids if those things didn’t offer the brief and horrible illusion … Continue reading

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Clear Agile Speak During a Muddy Easter

By Brian Lucas This one is for all the children who did not have an Easter to remember! “Speak clearly, if you speak at all…” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Jane, an IT friend of mine, who was in town, joined … Continue reading

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Taking a Timeout in Agile!

By Brian Lucas This one is for Denise.  See I told you so! “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” –Sydney J. Harris Don’t be misled! Agile methods are mainstream! Forrester Research reported in 2010 … Continue reading

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Are Organizations Really Less Agile Today?

 By Brian Lucas The one is for Brad – conversationalist, satirist, humorist, historian, logician, craftsman, military strategist, but most important of all – my friend! “Once you have something so deeply infused in your culture and your brand, it would be very … Continue reading

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Your not agile if you are just parroting!

By Brian Lucas The one is for my friend RC, who has gone through life helping more people than anyone can count! “Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.” – H. … Continue reading

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Promote Ideas Not People!

This one is for all the entrepreneurs who have the sense and the courage to reinvent the enterprise and build a better future for everyone without exploiting the workforce in amassing undeserved wealth. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss … Continue reading

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STOP THE INSANITY OF DOGMATIC THINKING IN AGILE!!!

By Brian Lucas This one is for everyone who struggles to change the dogmatic processes that the ignorant employ in a futile attempt to control what they don’t truly understand. “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” ― Rupertus … Continue reading

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Agile CEOs Cannot Ignore Toxic Managers

By Brian Lucas Dedicated to someone lost long ago, taken by the angels all too soon, because she was one of them! “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an … Continue reading

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An Agilist’s Manifesto of Friendship!

By Brian Lucas This one is for Jack! Agile runs on confidence, confidence is built on trust, trust is built on friendship.  Agile enterprises built on any other foundation are houses of cards ready to collapse at the slightest pressure. … Continue reading

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Agilists Call it ETM instead of Hypertasking

By Brian Lucas This one is for Ariana with the raven tresses of Persephone and the mind of Athena. “Make use of time, let not advantage slip.” -William Shakespeare Time management is a problem considerably older than Shakespeare.  All of … Continue reading

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Salmon Cooked Agile Style in 15 Minutes

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to Polly, who served us a meal fit for a king in 15 minutes. I am forever grateful to the people who have become friends with me through my blog. “…all the charming … Continue reading

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To Be an Agilist You Need to be Informed

By Brian Lucas This one is for Mari a truly wonderful person who I am privileged to have met. “The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a … Continue reading

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Being a True Friend Can Require Agile Thinking

By Brian Lucas This one is for my new friend Riko, “Watashi ni tewosashinoberu arigatōgozaimashita!” “False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports.” … Continue reading

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We Could All Learn a Lesson in Agility from Extremophiles

By Brian Lucas This one’s for Wendi, who I believe is “Going Agile!” “The facts of variability, of the struggle for existence, of adaptation to conditions, were notorious enough; but none of us had suspected that the road to the … Continue reading

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WhatWentWrong@healthcare.gov

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to Sally, “Di politica nunquam nos!” “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ― Mahatma Gandhi By now most of America knows that the healthcare.gov website – one of the main delivery portals of … Continue reading

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Proving You’re Agile in under 5 Minutes

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to my good friend Wayne.  The future is yours for the taking… “The world is moving so fast these days that the one who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by … Continue reading

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The Imperative of having an Agile Organization Structure

By Brian Lucas This one is dedicated to Bill Gore and all those who came after him like Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner. “Change before you have to”. –Jack Welch The stress that all organizations are under today is unprecedented.  … Continue reading

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Middle of the Road CIOs are Getting Hit by the Innovation Truck

By Brian Lucas “It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.” –Alvin Toffler The other day I heard a manager state that he was “a middle of the road kind of guy.” At … Continue reading

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So what is Agile?

By Brian Lucas I am dedicating my first post to Michael Milutis, who encouraged me to begin blogging and sharing the small store of wisdom I have gathered over the years.  Here’s to you Mike! “By three methods we may … Continue reading

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