Author Archives: AlexYakyma

5 Tips for Better Organizational Coaching

Organizational coaching and change leadership are tough disciplines that lie at the intersection of social and neuroscience, systems thinking, complexity theory and more. If you are a coach, continuously improving your professional skills and knowledge is like oxygen: the organizational landscape is so broad, complex and diverse that you can never be “prepped enough”.  Here… Read More »

Speaking at Agile2018!

…And hello again, guys, I will be speaking at Agile2018 conference in San Diego. Please come see me at the conference, I will happy to talk with you. The talk will be: Organizational Learning: Getting Off the Ground. Description Have you ever wondered why is it so hard to instill a culture of learning in… Read More »

Speaking at Mile High Agile This Year!

Hello folks, I’m glad to announce that I will have a talk at Mile High Agile this year (May 21, 22, Denver, CO). The topic is “Addressing the Reductionist Mindset”. More detail on the talk below and I will be happy to see you at the conference. Talk Description The most critical transformation is not… Read More »

The Problem with Systems Thinking is in… Not Applying It

  We often hear (and also say) things like: “avoid local optimization”, “optimize the system as a whole”, and so on… Those are very reasonable suggestions. And yet, as many of us know, organizations don’t seem to be very good at it. Actually, most of the time they are not good at this at all!… Read More »

Podcast: Organizational Factors that Influence Lean-Agile Transformation – with Andrew Long

Had a pleasure to talk to Andrew Long this time. Andrew is a managing agile consultant with LitheSpeed (www.lithespeed.com). I was waiting long for this conversation to happen (yes, pun intended!). We talked about key factors that influence organizational agility and flow, the disconnects between the actual state of those factors (that include important structural… Read More »

New Podcast: Managing Assumptions and Risks in Complex Organizations – Michael Kuesters and Alex Yakyma

Michael Kuesters was on my podcast recently, folks. This was Michael’s second appearance (you can find the first podcast recording here). It was great to virtually host him (he feels a lot like a family now…) and discuss an interesting topic that every enterprise that depends on software or systems development for their success, has… Read More »

A New Course for Organizational Leaders Will Soon Be Released

Folks, I am super-excited to announce that on March 15, 2018, we will be releasing a brand new course: Lean-Agile Mindset and Culture: A Course for Organizational Leaders. Many of us have faced an increasingly common problem: the transformation is going full steam, but the leadership mindset is lagging behind, inadvertently creating a principal impediment… Read More »