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Every team and business these days wants to become more agile. Scrum, Agile, Kanban and other initiatives are kicked off everywhere and the early results look impressive. But somehow, over time, energy is lost and "becoming agile" turns out to just be another bogged down change project.
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You and your fellow change agents are like a small tug who wants change the course of a large container ship ("the business").
Almost every management practice in use today has its roots in the previous century … and many of these practices simply are not fit for purpose in our rapidly changing world.
This inertia is the true reason why so many agile journeys fall short of their lofty expectations.
A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. It refers to an idea or problem that can not be fixed, where there is no single solution to the problem.
Xuviate helped me get started with Kanban and within days we doubled IT throughput and dramatically improved team morale. Today I lead strategy for a major new business initiative. When we started a bit more than a year ago I had no idea just how quickly things could change!
JOHAN PRETORIUS, Group IT & OCTi Strategist at Aerosud
Kanban is extremely suited for supporting your overall business agility agenda. But there is no one right way to use it. eXuviate is the one place where you can deepen your understanding, find answers to questions you cannot google and learn how others have done what you still want to do.
We all are creatures of habit and try to do more of what has worked in the past instead of pushing forward with the next significant improvement. From video podcasts with thought leaders to personal nudges from other members, much of what we do in eXuviate is focused on counteracting this pull to the "status quo".
Leading change in an organisation from the Stone Age can be draining. You can recharge by using eXuviate to vent some steam, laugh about an insider joke or just to receive some words of encouragement. Perhaps you just need to realise that it could have been so much worse. Whatever you need, we have got you covered.
It is easy to read a book, do a course and sell yourself as an agility expert. What is not so easy is to actually live and breath business agility in the way Mark Geschke and Mathias Tölken, eXuviate hosts, do.
In 1994 they founded their first IT services company which they sold in 2015 after it had grown to 65 employees and was widely regarded as the trendsetter. Since 2010, the majority of Mark and Mathias's time went to figuring out how to create more business value from IT. This is how Xuviate was born.
In their role as leadership coaches, Mark and Mathias combine their vast business and technology knowledge with modern management tools and methods such as Kanban, Lean, Agile, TOC, Kaizen and Wardley Mapping to always ask one question: What is the most ambitious and meaningful next step you can take today?
We strongly believe that achieving and maintaining business agility should be one of the most important jobs of any present-day business leader.
Through eXuviate we whole-heartedly support this goal and dedicate the entire community to achieving it, in what-ever way possible.
Our tools and models (such as the DX Maturity Model), weekly eXpander video interviews and thought-provoking blog articles provide best-practice guidance and establish a common language that makes it easier to learn from and support each other.
The journey towards an agile business requires significant changes to the business culture, business structure, leadership and technology usage.
Over the last few years, we have discovered just how powerful Kanban can be to facilitate and drive these changes. Unfortunately, however, Kanban is often only used in the most rudimentary of ways which is why we have decided to double down on this powerful method and leverage it to drive all the other required changes.
To make changes stick, however, the software tools we use have to support the new way of working, which is why we have partnered deeply with Kanbanize, the leading Kanban tool provider. Not only do we have direct input into their development pipeline but we can also offer exclusive community benefits such as extended trials and additional experts on the eXuviate Network.
Since the first days of Xuviate in 2015 we have always believed that magic could happen when two or more like-minded people have a meeting of hearts and support each other.
This is the reason why we are facilitating professional Mastermind peer-groups for IT Managers, CIOs and digital transformation practitioners, why we have organised the Virtual IT Leader Growth Summit in 2018 and why we are so incredibly passionate about running the eXuviate Network.
Even though we are still a relatively small group, we have already achieved so much over the last 4 years and we are so looking forward to see what will happen as the community continues to grow.
Since engaging with Xuviate, I've dramatically improved my standing in the business and it only took three things:
1) Wanting to be better
2) Opening myself up to new ideas
3) Trying, learning and trying again
JASON SICHKARYK, IT Director at Rosenau Transport, Canada
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Get ideas, search for answers, ask questions and even meet others who can help you move forward. Apply what you learned and tell the community about your results. This will prepare you for the next important step.
Make time to expand your horizons and challenge yourself. Commit to come back regularly, even when you don't have a problem to solve. Soak up the energy around you. Apply new insights in your own environment and experiment. Keep coming back for more.
The first three steps are all you need to become insanely successful over time. But mindset changes can take a lot of time. To accelerate your journey you are welcome to inquire about our Private Mastermind or Coaching services.
I really battled to see non-technical work as valuable but nowadays I just love solving real business problems with the many powerful tools and methods I have learned since working with Xuviate.
RAY LESLIE, IT Manager at Weylandts Home, South Africa
If you join now you will get unrestricted, free access to the eXuviate Network until we launch the paid-for membership service. Even better, when we launch this service broadly, we will make you a really special offer to say thank you for your early support.
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Initially I was sceptical about how much practical value I would get from peer-coaching but today I can just look back at the many small changes I have made and reflect on how I’ve grown and how much more efficiently IT operations is running.
BRANDEN PATIENCE, IT Director & Africa CIO, Mazars, SA
Yes and no. We are still 100% focused on helping mid-sized businesses become agile. Whereas in the past we would have spoken about helping IT leaders kick-start and accelerate a digital transformation, we now choose to focus exclusively on the soft-skills aspects as opposed to the technological aspects. In a way we have always done this, but we have just not been very clear in our wording.
eXuviate is the online home for change agents and thought leaders working in and with mid-sized businesses. This obviously still includes internal IT leaders (like before) but in this new version of the Network other leader who fit the bill are also very welcome. In the end, transformation is a team-sport and we have decided to accommodate anybody who is serious about this.
Indeed, it may seem odd that a business who claims to focus on helping drive business agility would focus so heavily on one particular method. But there is very sound logic behind our decision. During the last few years we have seen again and again how transformational the introduction of a simple Kanban Board usually is to a team. The irony is that these initial Kanban Boards are nothing more than task boards. And since Kanban is an iterative, bottom-up approach we believe it is our best option for helping businesses drive systemic change in pursuit of their overall business agility goals.
A really good question. None of us wants to waste time and effort during the early stages of a network without knowing that it will actually gain momentum. The good news is that the original eXuviate is alive and nearing its first birthday. Even though we are adjusting the focus (which will still pretty much include all previous members and content), we are not starting from scratch.
The first version of the network was an exclusive, free network designed for internal IT leaders. As we are gearing up for the official relaunch as a paid-for membership site we of course need to do quite a lot of housekeeping. And we don't want to charge anything until we are absolutely sure that we have a premium value offering. Having said this, the conversations and members on eXuviate today are already top notch and you score big time when you sign up early.
There are quite a few other things that are happening simultaneously with this Network reorganisation and we really can't give you a definitive date. We do, however, expect this to happen before the end of June 2019.