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Agile Working - what it is and why it matters [John Eary]

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Agile is becoming an overused word. John offered some excellent answers to the questions: What is an agile organisation? How is agile working different from flexible working? What are the corporate benefits of agile working?

In his presentation to APM on 10th March 2015 [full webinar recording can be viewed at: [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQa5YnqCHOE ] John set out a credible vision of the world of work in 2025 and how this will alter the ways we work and what work activities will take place in this scenario.
John answered several questions at the end of the webinar. However, he kindly agreed to provide a written response to each of the questions received during the webinar. These are reproduced in the associated document.

Drawing on his experience John advised the audience on Initiating and delivering successful agile working projects, and how to effectively manage different work styles in a project team and the organisation as a whole.

John Eary, Director, JEC Professional Services Ltd.

John is a senior Management Consultant who has managed major assignments for the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in the UK and internationally including the Government of Botswana and IBM Thailand. John has a strong track record in advising organisations on new ways of working and exploiting ICT effectively.

John has assisted over 30 organisations in new ways of working and is recognised as having a combination of the analytical, technical, and people skills required to manage agile working projects.

Prior to establishing JEC Professional Services in 2010 John was a Senior Consultant at NCC Group and was formerly Training and Multimedia Services Manager at the National Computing Centre. John has a Master’s degree from Warwick University Business School.
John is a regular blogger on Agile Working. John regards himself as a true Agile Worker and practices work-life integration.

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Agile Working - what it is and why it matters [John Eary]

  1. 1. John Eary Director JEC Professional Services Agile Working John.Eary@jecps.co.uk 07703 501 135
  2. 2. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Agenda 1. So what do we mean by Agile? 2. How is Agile Working different from Flexible Working 3. The corporate benefits of Agile Working 4. The key component activities of working 5. The world of work in 2025 6. Initiating and sustaining Agile Working
  3. 3. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- JEC’s New Ways of Working Clients
  4. 4. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- What is an Agile? Some Definitions  Agility “the ability to move nimbly with speed and ease”  Mental agility “the flexibility of mind, a tendency to anticipate or adapt to uncertain or changing situations”  Organisational agility “the ability to change routines without resistance” Paul Winter RICS
  5. 5. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Agile Working Progression Model
  6. 6. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- The Dimensions of Agile Working Time Location Autonomy ?
  7. 7. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- How is Agile Working different from Flexible Working? Flexible Working  Focus on when work is carried out  Rewards for time and effort  Culture based on procedures  Employee centred benefit  Work-Life Balance Agile Working  Work is a value-creating activity  Rewards for quality of outputs  Culture based on trust  Employer centred benefit  Work-Life Integration
  8. 8. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- The Corporate Benefits of Agile Working  Enhanced customer service  Improved productivity  CSR and reduced environmental impact  Improved Business Continuity  Cost reductions:  Reduced property costs  Reduced travel costs  Reduced staff turnover  Reduced absenteeism
  9. 9. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Categories of Work Activities Collaborative activities Administrative activities Creative activities Contemplative activities
  10. 10. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- The World of Work in 2025
  11. 11. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- The 4Ts of Successful Agile Working Technology Threat Trust Training
  12. 12. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Agile Working and Management Styles Theory X view:  People inherently dislike work  People must be coerced or controlled  People prefer to be directed Theory Y view:  People view work as being as natural as play and rest  People will exercise self-direction and control  People learn to accept and seek responsibility ?
  13. 13. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Which type of Agile Worker are you? ?
  14. 14. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Delivering successful agile working projects
  15. 15. Helping you get the best from People Process and Technology© Copyright 2015 JEC Professional Services- Getting in touch http://www.jecps.co.uk/blog/ John.eary@jecps.co.uk 07703 501135 @JohnEaryJEC uk.linkedin.com/in/johneary

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