Adaptive Management: Putting it all Together

How to be adaptive as a team and execute for ongoing success!

This is the final piece of the adaptive management process I have written about previously. See Setting Up Ways to be Adaptive and Tools and Techniques to be Adaptive for more information. In this blog article, we will look at what all the adaptive management techniques looks like once put all together and explore ways on how to implement it with your team.

Adaptive Project Management Techniques

With many organisations adopting hi-tech company techniques, it pays to do the same. But how so?

Applying an agile mindset to your work

  • Break work down into manageable chunks with short term deliverables and rapid cycle learning.
  • Think like Adaptive Project Managers. Think about what success looks like (the result), how can you measure that? The clearer the measurable, the clearer the deliverables. 
  • Break work into specific milestones and deliverables, i.e. agile and scrum frameworks.
  • Communicate new information and update your projects, this includes future goals and metrics. If they change, update it.
  • Allow your team to focus on the details. Remind ultimate goals of initiatives and focus on outcomes, results and not the process.
Adaptive leadership is good!

Imagine a world without managers!

In today's business world, we do not have managers they are a tax on innovation. Instead, we have leaders.
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
Here are some tips to help you stick to being a leader, and not the manager you might have thought was good.
  • Ask your team to self organise.
  • Rethink organisation communication process.
  • Involve teams in setting priorities. Ask how might they might implement it?
Few people thrive as traditional managers, be an adaptive leader instead.
Remember that your team is full of smart people. They should be empowered, have clearly defined roles and responsibilities with enough resources available to do the work.

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Until next time, keep it agile!