Who We Are
Movers, Shakers, Shifters, Shapers
We are an Expert Tribe of Coaches, Trainers, Facilitators for Change, Transformation, Innovation Success
Agile Organization Development is a tribe of experts that develop and deliver learning intervention solutions for the many challenges that organizations face around organizational change, agile and digital transformation, and innovation programmes.
We are a collective of passionate agile coaches, Scrum Masters, Design Thinkers, Lean practitioners, and ICF (International Coach Federation) leadership and team coaches.
Chief Coach & Founder
Agile Organization Development
What We Do
We Make Teamwork Work
With the power of Learning, we help Organizations develop VUCAO Resilient Leaders & Teams
Our mission is to help leaders, teams and organizations build the capability to perform, function and operate in any volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, and crucially, overwhelming (hence not just VUCA, but VUCAO) condition, situation and environment.
We are learning professionals that guide people to develop this capability. We KSA (Knowledge, Skill, Ability, Attitude and Aptitude) transfer the many learnings from Design Thinking, Agile Scrum and Lean with training and facilitation, and tap into the individual and collective creativity and resourcefulness of people through coaching.
How We Do
Behavioral + Process Coaching
Why we do what we do
Coach Takeshi’s coaching journal. Sharing the many mental models that Coach Takeshi actually uses for client sessions.
Coach Takeshi’s collection of thoughts on helping leaders use the power of inquiry and introspection for building the mental facility needed in developing Learning Organizations.
At Agile Organization Development we regularly design and deliver High Performance Leadership Development Programmes for MNCs. The set up by the client is typically a few months to one year journey among a pool of... Read More
Dr. W.E. Deming, the father of TQM (Total Quality Management) and the whole Lean movement, once said: Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion. And then Professors Milo Jones and Philippe Silberzahn, authors... Read More
Hi Coach Takeshi, I am working towards ICF PCC through ACTP ROUTE. I am not clear about what activities as Agile coach would account towards ICF coaching hours that can be added to the coaching... Read More
Kaizen, Kanban, Gemba, Muda and other Lean lingo we always hear, what do they actually mean? Coach Takeshi explains. Download the slides from here. (Creative Commons copy left – free for anyone’s use with attribution.) Read More
As boss, how do we ask our team members “can you see to it?” without sounding hard-pressing and controlling? Getting things done, it’s so hard to seek team members to follow-through, isn’t it. Try “c2it”;... Read More
Addressing the “Always On” Fatigue of Remote and Hybrid Working with Asynchronous Communication “I miss working in the office, at least I was able to clock-off and mind my own business at the end of... Read More
David Marquet’s “Blue & Red Work” Red Work: Doing Time We continue to be haunted by the ghosts of Taylorism (“Scientific Management,” 1911), and the decades of promoting the human side of the enterprise, learning... Read More
The situation is volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, overwhelming (VUCA”O”). We have an immediate, mission critical challenge to tackle. We need team alignment, and as leader I am tempted to exercise strong command – I am... Read More
Confucius’ 7 spaces of learning Knowing to stop – is a simple notion but difficult to practice skill. In “Great Learning (大学)”, written around 2,500 years ago by one of his first disciples Zengzi (曾子),... Read More
Classic Scrum’s Achilles’ heel One of the weak areas of classic Scrum, in my opinion, is the relative simplicity of the ideation phase. “What to build” is sometimes an arbitrary discussion during the Scrum Backlog... Read More
In search of better feedbacking As a coach and mentor, challenging people is a natural part of my work, and sometimes they are in the form of tough messages. Not always though, the messages go... Read More
Glossary: Lean, Agile, Scrum, Sprint, Kanban Consider Lean & Agile as pretty much the same thing, they are basically really good approaches to handling projects with a lot of uncertainties, which is why successful startups... Read More
Pilot objective Within the Scrum community, there is abundant writing suggesting that the two main factors of Scrum implementation failure are: (1) sub-optimal team structure at the onset, and (2) the Scrum Team failing to... Read More
Why brainstorming doesn’t work That was fun, but… Why do we get that slight, lingering feeling of doubt and dissatisfaction after brainstorming sessions? Here’s why: Group dynamics: 80/20 rule applies. Domination: The vocal minority dominate... Read More
The Irony of Delivering Agile Transformation with Waterfall Agile and digital transformation projects are abundant today. The irony is that too frequently, they are planned and delivered in essentially waterfall project management style. Waterfall is... Read More
What is agile? Why agile? How do we do agile? What’s the difference between Agile, Scrum, Lean, Design Thinking? Tell me about Scrum. Is agile a fad? What’s the difference between Agile and agility? All... Read More