Agile vs. death-by-committee

Agile promotes teams’ task ownership and entrepreneurial spirit.

Published on 17 April 2017 by Prof. Carlos Cordon (IMD), Isaak Tsalicoglou.

Heavyweight steering committees can suffocate innovation, resulting in a low-risk, low-return product portfolio.

The writing is on the wall: if you want to innovate in the digital world, you must be agile. Four of the top five companies by market cap (Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon) use Agile methodologies. They are thus able to deliver a stream of tightly-integrated product systems. Yet, Agile doesn't stop at Silicon Valley.

In the full article, IMD Professor Carlos Cordon and I explain what Agile is all about, explore some behavioral traps of the classical, linear approach, and present two examples of companies that have realized that you need to pragmatically adapt Agile to adopt it.

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