Agile Visual Planning: Supporting Innovation and Action

vlphotov2Agile visual planning empowers both individual leadership and group creativity—a formula for good results for organizations that employ it.

The concept of agile planning is inspired by agile software development, a method of providing versions that are “just good enough” to engage a user base—then iterating through ever more complete and polished releases that reflect real user experience.

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Take the Tour: A Webinar Walk-through of the Team Performance Online Survey

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Is your team working together effectively? Gain new insight into your co-located or distributed team, and identify areas for improvement, with the Team Performance Online Survey.

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We’ve just posted the recording of our recent webinar (5/14/13) about The Grove’s online survey tool for teams. Laurie Durnell, director of consulting, and Rachel Smith, director of digital facilitation services, walk through the tool from the perspectives of both a team member and a survey administrator.

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The Team Performance Survey: A Case Study

Editor’s Note: A global biotechnology company began using The Grove’s Team Performance tools three years ago and the Team Performance Online Survey late last year. Their Learning and Development team draws from the Team Performance System to strengthen team cohesion and performance across wide-ranging functions and locations. Here is the company’s Team Performance story as shared by the project lead, a Learning & Development manager.


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Accelerating and improving team performance organization-wide is a key objective for our Learning and Development team. Our company relies heavily on various types of teams to deliver results. We work with intact and within-function teams, as well as with project, cross-functional, geographically dispersed and multicultural teams. Suffice it to say that we have numerous opportunities to use the online Team Performance Survey tool.

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DLR Group, Named #1 U.S. Design Firm, Says Big Goals Led the Way

The Grove has worked on strategic planning for many years with DLR Group, a national architectural firm. Recently one of our close collaborators at the firm got in touch to share wonderful news: Architect Magazine named DLR Group the #1 design firm in the United States. “Your process has helped us transform our firm,” he wrote.


We called Jon Pettit and Griff Davenport, DLR Group’s managing principals, to learn more about their firm’s journey to excellence. This article is adapted from those conversations.

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Decision Rooms: Making Choices in a Big-Picture Context

Excerpted from Visual Leaders by David Sibbet (John Wiley & Sons, 2013)

Seeing the forest and the trees is vital to effective decision making. Much of this involves thinking through what needs to be compared with what.

You as a leader can ask for functional plans to be presented to you in ways that aid you in comparing and prioritizing activities using whole-system vision. These types of environments are called decision rooms, project rooms, or rapid decision support centers.

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