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The Agile Mindset Includes  Boldly Architecting the Whole Company

The Agile Mindset Includes Boldly Architecting the Whole Company

Published on June 28, 2017 In order to achieve true Agility in your organization you need to properly design the organization itself. I have the privilege of training and teaching ambitious students at Northwestern University’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship in how to design and operate a truly 21st Century Agile company. While many entrepreneur courses focus on merely developing a product and its related markets, my course called “Radical Entrepreneurship” trains students how to participate in, and operate an Agile enterprise. What many entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs have learned as far back as 1985 when he was founding NeXT computers (pictured above) is that today the true competitive advantage is in how one architects the company itself. Products pivot, or they come and go entirely, today even faster than ever. Take for example that a generation ago only 20% of profits were derived from newer products–today that is over 70%! One of the profound lessons Steve Jobs learned after he was kicked out of Apple in 1985 and went on to found NeXT Computers is that the design of the company itself is even more interesting and important than the products the company designs. This is because if you have an Agile organization you can continually discover new opportunities. “I discovered that the best innovation is sometimes the company, the way you organize a company.” -Steve Jobs When Jobs was just forming NeXT he conducted a retreat with the dozen or so folks that followed him from Apple. Watch here where he clearly articulates that even more important than designing great products, is making a great company, one with smarts and heart,...