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SPARK writes or contributes to various content, blogs, videos, articles, and books on topics related to continuous innovation in general and Lean, Agile, 6 Sigma, Strategy and Innovation, Organization and Leadership, and Operational Excellence specifically.

March 16, 2023

IVECO - Driving Operations Together (DOT). - Angelo Carlucci and Fabio Piccinelli

A journey on how a turnaround from the past, in a context of strong radicalization of previous Lean system and willingness to extend out of Manufacturing Operational Excellence, represents a great opportunity to contribute to business results and involvement of the entire workforce.
March 8, 2023

GEDEON RICHTER - Outstanding results thanks to Agile

We have rethought how to work together by truly putting our customers at the center, breaking down functional silos and hierarchies. We have reduced the distance between customer and company, we have learned to work in cross-functional teams at all levels, giving our people: trust, autonomy and empowerment and above all a clear objective: "value for customers ".
March 1, 2023

DAB PUMPS - Agile Meets Manufacturing - Enrico Pana & Milena Rigon

One of DAB's beliefs is that Agile does not mean applying a specific framework, obtaining certifications or having an agile coach in the company, but represents a predominantly cultural theme. The same logic also guides our "people strategy," which promotes an organizational model that can constantly adapt through a network of cross-functional teams that grow, learn and innovate in a continuous cycle of learning and development.
February 20, 2023

SHELL - Rheinland Refinery - David Binnerts

Embracing Agile principles, Shell initiated a strategic shift in its approach to project management, focusing on flexibility, collaboration, and adaptability to navigate the complexities of refinery transformation. The Agile framework facilitates cross-functional teamwork, fostering communication and feedback loops among diverse teams involved in the refinery's transformation.
January 25, 2023

How to create flow in complex environments - Dave Snowden

The way we make decisions is we scan about 3-5% of the available data. That's the most you'll take account of and it triggers a series of memories, cognitive memories, physical memories and social memories through stories of things we've heard from other people. We blend those together and the first blended pattern which fits, we apply. So based on a very partial data scan we basically do a first fit pattern match and we act accordingly.
January 20, 2023

Have we forgotten our key denominator: FLOW? - Nigel Thurlow

In a product development environment, eliminating waste doesn't only come from good quality or good processes, but also from how fast can you adapt to changes, how fast can you change your products and services and how fast can you deliver the features, the functions and the capabilities the market and the client need.
January 12, 2023

Have the Old Principles betrayed us? - Richard Keegan

We have to understand the big why of where we're going to use the technology. To me this question of Agile or Digital or Digital Lean is irrelevant. It's about the mindset, the thinking of people, to try to make things better and how we use the technology to make things better.
October 13, 2021

Agile organisations: efficient with a laser-like focus on customer value

For the first time in Italy, Nigel Thurlow spoke at CUOA Business School's Lean Day "Lean and Agile: the era of the dual enterprise" and as part of the course "Bringing agility to lean: the Toyota Way." An original initiative that brought together the Lean and Agile disciplines in a unique way.
March 25, 2021

From Lean to Lean 'plus': how Agile principles help extend the concept of flow to cope with constant change.

Today, with increasing complexity and the speed of change, it is no longer taken for granted that stability can be created as a favorable condition for having streamlined processes. On the contrary, with the need to introduce continuous innovations, the importance of stability is often outweighed by the importance of being flexible and responsive. In a word: AGILE.