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Today, we announced that ACI has been acquired by Accenture. ACI’s new home within Accenture will allow us to fully realize our mission: defining and developing the Agile coaching profession so that Agile coaches become powerful change agents. As many of you know ACI has been...

Most companies that transition to Agile do so because they want the speed and innovation that Agile promises. However, to realize that organizations need solid Agile Coaches to help establish the deep, institutional capability required to become a truly agile organization. Team agility is a first step, but ultimately withers without...

As we all know, the job of the Agile manager is challenging. One of the manager’s biggest challenges is giving up the old mindset that managing is about 'driving to results.’  In fact, as we teach in our Managing Agile Environments class, one of the mindset shifts which the agile manager undergoes is the shift from managing (or driving) to results to designing environments that generate results.

One key environment design practice is to cultivate relationships with, and empower agile 'champions' within your organization.  Agile champions are individuals, from different parts (and levels) of your organization, who may or may not be on agile teams, who are passionate about the transformational potential of agile, and have some particular skill or set of connections to bring agile thinking and capability to their particular area of work.

In my 11 years coaching in agile enterprises, it has struck me that while we in the Agile community continue to develop ever greater tools and practices supporting the evolution of agile teams, programs, and agile coaches, it remains the case that very little has been offered for agile managers and leaders: no coherent set of tools, few if any practices, and an utterly unclear role definition. Lacking education, lacking distinctions, and frequently lacking credence from within the Agile community that the role is even valuable, it is no wonder managers and leaders have struggled with what it means to lead and manage in an agile environment.

Well, I am proud and gratified to be able to release the first complete version of Downloading the Integral Operating System: A Framework of Enterprise Agile Transformation. I am very grateful for all the feedback we have received from the two Deep-Dive Study Groups and...