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IBM CIO Jeff Smith – Build A Next-Gen Agile Culture

By on January 11, 2018

From just listening this is quite amazing – many good insights to build on – very strong focus on accountability – clear principles and beliefs – thumbs up – see https://youtu.be/3zduSKajK64


  • Clarity over certainty
  • Course correction over perfection
  • Self-directed teams over command & control
  • Talent density triumphs process density any day
  • Innovation is for everyone, not the selected few

Rules of beliefs

  • People don’t [NEVER] believe what you tell them
  • People RARELY believe what you show them
  • People SOMETIMES believe what friends tell
  • People ALWAYS believe what they tell themselves

These are mentioned in the first 6 minutes or so of the video … followed by many more really useful thoughts of how to build an organization.

It reminded me of many of the things we did in the Nokia Feature Phone platform (S40) in the first years.