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Growing your own agility coaches to adopt new ways of working

Agile coaches play a vital role in enterprise-wide agile transformations. To develop enough coaches, companies should create specialized training academies.

Companies are increasingly looking to infuse agility into their operating models. However, as organizations attempt to scale these efforts across their entire business, new challenges that simply didn’t exist at the micro level are beginning to surface. These challenges are especially prevalent where traditional organization silos need to interact.

The big realization for many companies is that scaling agile is not simply a matter of replicating agile practices across more teams. This is why trying to adapt project-management offices (PMOs) to support agile projects or bringing in more scrum masters is unlikely to be effective (see sidebar, “The scrum master’s role in scaling agile”). Rather, agility as an operating model requires the rewiring of core enterprise-wide processes. With this comes a need for the organization to operate differently.
The degree of change required to adopt agile ways of working across an entire organization is simply too large to repurpose existing roles and structures. Only by investing in agility coaches—and a comprehensive program to identify, train, and support them—can companies expect to scale and sustain agile across the enterprise.

To ensure the success of the agility coaching academy, it is critical to have the right support and leadership structure. Typically, the academy is led by a full-time executive who reports to either the CHRO or some other member of the C-suite depending on who is really driving the agile transformation—it could be the CIO, the head of transformation, or the COO. The academy lead is accountable for the following:

  • Setting the strategy and defining the delivery road map for the academy
  • Running the day-to-day operations of the academy, such as building and refining the academy backlog
  • Leading the recruitment of coaches
  • Overseeing learning and development of the trainee agility coaches, and administering the learning and development of graduated coaches
  • Defining the evaluation criteria and mechanisms to measure effectiveness of the agility coaches
  • Deploying the right agility coaches to the right areas and teams
  • Overseeing performance evaluations for the agility coach cohort

More: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/

By Amit Anand, Sahil Merchant, Arun Sunderraj, and Belkis Vasquez-McCall

About the authors: Amit Anand is a senior expert in McKinsey’s Sydney office, Sahil Merchant is a partner in the Melbourne office, Arun Sunderraj is a digital expert in the New York office, and Belkis Vasquez-McCall is a partner in the New Jersey office.

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Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends 2019 Report

In 2019, an intensifying combination of economic, social, and political issues is challenging business strategies. Faced with the relentless acceleration of artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive technologies, and automation, 86 percent of respondents to this year’s Global Human Capital Trends survey believe they must reinvent their ability to learn. After nearly 10 years of economic growth,1 and despite a perva-sive corporate focus on digital transformation, 84 percent of respondents told us they need to rethink their workforce experience to improve productivity. And in the face of new pressures to move faster and adapt to a far more diverse workforce, 80 percent believe they need to develop leaders differently.

Prowadzenie firmy odpowiedzialnej: zmiana w zarządzaniu – człowiek w centrum uwagi

Prowadzenie firmy odpowiedzialnej 4.0 wymaga całkowitej zmiany podejścia. Przełomowe zmiany społeczne, polityczne i gospodarcze wymagają od pracodawców reorientacji: pracownik musi stać się centrum strategii biznesowej.

Raport „Global Human Capital Trends 2019” sprawdza, w jaki sposób pracodawcy mogą zmienić miejsce pracownika w procesie prowadzenia działalności, strukturze organizacyjnej i jak na dużą skalę zmodyfikować procesy kadrowe, by uwzględniały wszystkie aspekty interakcji, motywacji i nadawania sensu wykonywanym czynnościom.

Pracownik, to przede wszystkim człowiek – jego oczekiwania, obawy i potrzeby, znajdują się w centrum uwagi i stają kluczowym motorem zmian w firmie, w której pracuje. Nowe technologie, rozwój gospodarczo-polityczno-kulturowy, ale i rewolucja przemysłowa 4.0 diametralnie wpływają na rynek pracy, działające na nim firmy, a także działy HR, które stoją na froncie tego pozytywnego przeobrażenia nie tylko biznesowego, ale przede wszystkim społecznego.

Badanie „Global Human Capital Trends 2019” przeprowadzone wśród blisko 10 tysięcy liderów HR, a także IT oraz członków zarządów w 119 krajach, w tym 300 z Polski, a także rozmowy z przedstawicielami kadry kierowniczej największych organizacji – pozwalają twierdzić, że to nie koniec diametralnych zmian.

Więcej: https://www2.deloitte.com/pl/pl

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Kedro, McKinsey’s first open-source software tool

 

QuantumBlack, the advanced analytics firm we acquired in 2015, has now launched Kedro, an open source tool created specifically for data scientists and engineers. It is a library of code that can be used to create data and machine-learning pipelines. For our non-developer readers, these are the building blocks of an analytics or machine-learning project. “Kedro can change the way data scientists and engineers work,” explains product manager Yetunde Dada, “making it easier to manage large workflows and ensuring a consistent quality of code throughout a project.”

McKinsey has never before created a publicly available, open source tool. “It represents a significant shift for the firm,” notes Jeremy Palmer, CEO of QuantumBlack, “as we continue to balance the value of our proprietary assets with opportunities to engage as part of the developer community, and accelerate as well as share our learning.”

The name Kedro, which derives from the Greek word meaning center or core, signifies that this open-source software provides crucial code for ‘productionizing’ advanced analytics projects. Kedro has two major benefits: it allows teams to collaborate more easily by structuring analytics code in a uniform way so that it flows seamlessly through all stages of a project. This can include consolidating data sources, cleaning data, creating features and feeding the data into machine-learning models for explanatory or predictive analytics.

More: www.mckinsey.com; https://github.com/quantumblacklabs/kedro

  What are the main features of Kedro?

1. Project template and coding standards

  • A standard and easy-to-use project template
  • Configuration for credentials, logging, data loading and Jupyter Notebooks / Lab
  • Test-driven development using pytest
  • Sphinx integration to produce well-documented code

2. Data abstraction and versioning

  • Separation of the compute layer from the data handling layer, including support for different data formats and storage options
  • Versioning for your data sets and machine learning models

3. Modularity and pipeline abstraction

  • Support for pure Python functions, nodes, to break large chunks of code into small independent sections
  • Automatic resolution of dependencies between nodes
  • (coming soon) Visualise your data pipeline with Kedro-Viz, a tool that shows the pipeline structure of Kedro projects

Note: Read our FAQs to learn how we differ from workflow managers like Airflow and Luigi.

4. Feature extensibility

  • A plugin system that injects commands into the Kedro command line interface (CLI)
  • List of officially supported plugins:
    • (coming soon) Kedro-Airflow, making it easy to prototype your data pipeline in Kedro before deploying to Airflow, a workflow scheduler
    • Kedro-Docker, a tool for packaging and shipping Kedro projects within containers
  • Kedro can be deployed locally, on-premise and cloud (AWS, Azure and GCP) servers, or clusters (EMR, Azure HDinsight, GCP and Databricks)

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Six governing considerations to modernize marketing

Most chief marketing officers (CMOs) understand that the utilization of data, analyses, and algorithms to personalize marketing drives value. Concept tests are becoming more efficient, customer approaches are being accelerated, and revenues are quadrupling in certain channels (Exhibit 1). All the evidence suggests that marketing functions should invest in, collect, and analyze available data to support their decision making.

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No wonder, then, that one in three CMOs is driving a digitization initiative with high personal involvement, according to a McKinsey survey. Despite notable successes, digital marketing has often stalled in a trial phase for years in many companies. Why is that? We find that the managers responsible often blame it on culture and legacy behavioral patterns (Exhibit 2). These soft factors lie far ahead of technical issues, such as IT infrastructure and data availability, which is not surprising. It is easy enough to buy a new server for the customer database, and even new customer-relationship-manager software is quickly installed. But how does one change the attitudes and behaviors of those who use the technology?

We strive to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to our website. If you would like information about this content we will be happy to work with you. Please email us at: McKinsey_Website_Accessibility@mckinsey.com Based on our experience from a multitude of digital engagements, modernizing the marketing organization to unlock the full potential of the digital revolution requires business leaders to address six considerations.

1. How to centralize guidance and oversight

2. How to bring together marketing and IT (heart and brain)

3. How to build collaboration and agility

4. How to reinvent HR to meet talent demands

5. How to build flexibility into resource planning

6. How to make cultural change a continuous task

Modernizing marketing is a process that relies on multiple factors for success. Only by understanding what these are and by focusing on how to address them can marketers hope to get real value from digital. An earlier version of this article was published in the December 2018 issue of McKinsey’s German-language consumer journal Akzente.

About the authors: Patrick Guggenberger is a consultant in McKinsey’s Vienna office, Miriam Lobis is a partner in the Berlin office, and Patrick Simon and Kai Vollhardt are partners in the Munich office.

More: www.mckinsey.com/industries/

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Ericsson and SoftBank will start the technology 5G in Japan

Operators are seeking solutions to both support traffic growth as well as emerging use cases and business opportunities. To assist operators with these challenges and opportunities, Ericsson 5G radio access technologies are being created to provide the infrastructure needed to support the world’s growing demand for high-bandwidth connections and support the real-time, high-reliability communication requirements of mission-critical applications.

The specification of 5G will also include the development of a new flexible air interface, NR, which will be directed to extreme mobile broadband deployments. NR will also target high-bandwidth and high-traffic-usage scenarios, as well as new scenarios that involve mission-critical and real-time communications with extreme requirements in terms of latency and reliability. Ericsson is extending the Ericsson Radio System to deliver new radio access products and functionality to smooth the operator’s transformation journey to 5G. Ericsson Radio System extensions deliver a high performance, end-to-end 5G access system which includes the industry’s first global portfolio of 5G NR radios. Ericsson is also first to market with solutions that enable 4G LTE networks to evolve smoothly on the journey to 5G, such as Ericsson’s new 5G platform for combined core and radio use cases. The platform comprises the 5G core, radio and transport portfolios, together with digital support systems, transformation services and security.

Ericsson i SoftBank wprowadzą w Japonii sieć 5G

  • Ericsson dostarczy firmie SoftBank sieć dostępu radiowego pracującą w średnim i wysokim paśmie 5G, a także rozbuduje obecną sieć LTE
  • Wybór firmy Ericsson jako dostawcy technologii 5G to efekt wspólnych działań w zakresie weryfikacji koncepcji
  • Obie firmy planują dalsze prace nad rozwojem wykorzystania technologii 5G

Firma Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) została wybranym przez SoftBank dostawcą technologii 5G w celu wdrożenia wielopasmowej sieci 5G w Japonii, po skutecznym przeprowadzeniu wspólnych działań w zakresie weryfikacji koncepcji, które trwają od 2015 r.

Na mocy umowy, firma Ericsson dostarczy do SoftBank urządzenia do obsługi sieci dostępu radiowego, w tym produkty z portfela Ericsson Radio System. Umożliwi to firmie SoftBank uruchomienie usług 5G w ramach nowo przyznanych pasm o częstotliwości 3,9-4,0 GHz oraz 29,1-29,5 GHz, w celu obsługi nowych sieci radiowych 5G. Dodatkowo firma Ericsson wzmocni istniejącą w SoftBank sieć LTE.

Produkty z serii Ericsson Radio System zostaną wdrożone w kilku regionach, co pozwoli firmie SoftBank na dokonanie optymalizacji całego spektrum aktywów.

Chris Houghton, Starszy Wiceprezes i Szef Działu Rynku Azji Północno-Wschodniej Ericsson, powiedział: „SoftBank i Ericsson są partnerami od czasów wprowadzenia technologii 2G, dlatego też jesteśmy podekscytowani możliwością wspierania firmy SoftBank na kolejnym odcinku ich technologicznej podróży. Dzięki produktom Ericsson, firma SoftBank będzie mogła wykorzystać potencjał technologii 5G, oferując ją społeczeństwu japońskiemu, a my z niecierpliwością czekamy na dalszy rozwój naszego długoletniego partnerstwa”.

Firmy Ericsson i SoftBank zainicjowały wspólne działania w zakresie weryfikacji koncepcji w 2015 r. i skutecznie rozszerzyły swoją współpracę o badania sieci wielopasmowych 5G, w tym o częstotliwościach 28 GHz i 4,5GHz. Obie firmy będą kontynuować prace w zakresie analizy wykorzystania technologii 5G, promowania przekształcenia przez SoftBank sieci LTE w 5G oraz realizowania komercyjnych usług wykorzystujących technologię 5G w 2019 r.

Katarzyna Pąk, Head of Marketing & Communications

 

 


O firmie Ericsson

Ericsson, największy na świecie dostawca technologii i usług dla operatorów telekomunikacyjnych, oferuje społeczeństwu sieciowemu efektywne rozwiązania działające w czasie rzeczywistym, które pozwalają nam wszystkim swobodniej studiować, pracować i żyć w zrównoważonych społecznościach na całym świecie.