September 28, 2009 Apple today announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world. There are now more than 85,000 apps available to the more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide and over 125,000 developers in Apple’s iPhone Developer Program. “The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO
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“ Creativity and innovation happens in states of disruption; you need to remain in a state of chaos or disconnection long enough for innovation to emerge.” Patricia Shaw
Organizational Agility: How to Thrive in Today’s Business Environment
to move quickly, decisively, effectively in anticipating initiating AND taking advantage of change
How are we defining agility? [ ] ability to quickly bring products to market internal & external openness continual reframing and improvisation exploit disruptions and “jump the curve adaptive capacity
Shifting international power dynamics and conflicts influence markets
Changing population demographics and customer trends call for constant innovation
69% of respondents experience disruptive changes in the last 12 months
HRI Study 2007
Organization Agility Flexible Processes & Structures Strategic Sensitivity 90% of CEO’s reported wanting to become more responsive 2004 IBM Global Study Agile Workforce
Constant connection with the external environment Internal information sharing Broad understanding of your business New ideas and identifying evolving customer needs is everyone’s job Encourage disconfirming information and feedback Strategic Sensitivity [ ] The ongoing, everyday ability to sense strategically important changes and opportunities as they emerge; the foresight to notice & act.
Adaptable Strategic Awareness Intellectual Flexibility Innovation Creativity Interpersonal Collaboration Business Acumen Results Oriented Agile Workforce [ ] A workforce that has the capability to change and adapt rapidly in response to shifts in the strategic direction. Collaborative, innovative, open-minded, effective & business savvy describe this workforce
“ There are no taboos in oobeya. Everyone in that room is an expert. They all have a part to play in building a car. With everyone being equally important to the process, we don’t confine ourselves to just one way of thinking our way out of a problem.”
Fluid Structures and Boundaries Ad-hoc project teams Cross functional connectivity Knowledge Management & Communication Shared language Talent Fluidity Product development/New Business units Shared Values & Simple operating Rules Financial & Goal Setting Flexible Processes & Structures [ ] Flexible processes and structures provide the capacity to rapidly adapt to shifts in strategic direction and business imperatives.