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The 334 Cast
39 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
334 Cast Episode 3 - Ken Zakalik
Ken Zakalik is the Director of Innovation at ALSAC, where his team helped them earn the honor of the number one company for innovators to work for by Fast Company. Ken has helped companies from large fortune 100 organizations to small 10-person startups to create and launch industry-disrupting innovative products, usher in new effective ways of working, and drive transformation. On this episode, Ken and Steven discuss the mission of ALSAC and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and how their innovation program has helped them adapt during the Covid-19 pandemic. They also talk about Ken's roots in pursuing a career in making new and different things, and how he’s been able to launch innovation programs throughout that journey. Ken shares some practical tips on getting buy-in from your organization as well as what it takes to scale new and different ideas that you don’t want to miss. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to check out the show notes for a link to the transcript and head over to www.the334group.com/334cast for more episodes. This episode is a product of The 334 Group. The 334 Group is a business agility consultancy focused on helping clients develop the internal capability to drive agility and innovation within their organizations. Head over to www.the334group.com to learn more about our work and how we can help your organization.
49 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Michael Graber from Southern Growth Studio on Innovation
The 334 Cast is dedicated to bringing you the latest in business agility, innovation, and the future of work. In this episode, Michael Graber from Southern Growth Studios shares his experience with us. We talk about the role of culture in driving innovation and how business agility and innovation work together. Michael shares with us how he sees companies using innovation to adapt during an incredibly disruptive time and the growing trend of conscientious capitalism. We then talk about the innovation boot camps that Southern Growth Studios holds and a new product called Sprout.
35 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
The 334Cast - Jamie Smith
Our first guest on the 334Cast is Jamie Smith. Jamie is the CIO at the University of Phoenix and a leader in the digital transformation space. His focus on creating an organizational culture that encourages agility and adaptability has helped him drive change at organizations like ServiceMaster, American Home Shield, and Nissan Motors. In this episode, Jamie and I discuss the roots of Lean Manufacturing in Agile Software Development and Business Agility. We also discuss the role of Portfolio Steering in strategic agility and how the concept is applied at The University of Phoenix. Jamie shares with us how the world of education is reacting to the challenges in the current climate and how higher education is changing to react. We then go on to discuss strategies for successful agile transformations and the impact of culture on those initiatives. Jamie talks about the Scaled Agile Framework as a “gateway drug” to agility and how they’ve moved past those concepts in developing product teams at the University of Phoenix. We discuss the need to treat Product Management as a discipline and how his team is helping to develop those skills in the organization. We close by talking about where Jamie finds inspiration and what he’s reading in his quest for the “unified theory of business agility.”
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