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Agile vs. death-by-committee

Co-authored with Prof. Carlos Cordon of IMD business school.

Until recently, companies have grown successful with linear phase-gate projects. However, heavyweight steering committees can suffocate innovation, resulting in a low-risk, low-return product portfolio. In the pursuit of innovation, changes are highly probable. Executives and teams can treat them as an abnormal nuisance, or as an opportunity. Agile enables them to do exactly that, as a more adaptive, speedy and cost-effective approach to innovation—and, it doesn't stop at Silicon Valley. Two examples demonstrate how pragmatism in Agile adaptation can support its adoption.