Kathryn Maloney

Kathryn Maloney

Kathryn is an advisor, coach, and consultant working with organizations large and small to design systems, teams, and approaches that enable fluency, fluidity, and function amidst complexity, technology, and the need for more humanity. She spends a lot of her time working with leaders to bridge organizational worlds, transitioning from former leadership paradigms and becoming more comfortable, adaptable, and resilient in current ones. Understanding and applying methodologies and technologies without holding too tightly to them and projecting unreasonable expectations onto them is a large part of her professional charm. Having worked for over twenty years in the spaces of systems change, strategy, and org design with companies as large as GE, BCG, and Boeing, government agencies like the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Reserve, and HHS – and as small as start-ups in their infancy, Kathryn is cautious about this moment in time and the rhetoric around agile – or any other promise – as a one-size-fits-all solution. She has an academic background in the applied behavioral sciences, is conditioned with a systems thinking lens, influenced by the org systems pioneers of the 20th century, and trained as a qualitative researcher, leadership coach, and process consultant for organizational (as opposed to family) systems. She is a founding partner of the org design consultancy The Ready and runs her own practice. Kathryn lives in New York City. Follow her on LinkedIn to capture interesting writing, the pollination of ideas, and cool events.


On April 6 the authors of the best agile articles published in 2018 came together for a workshop, giving their talk on topics such as Agile Leadership, distributed teams, and others.

If you would like to subscribe to the soundcast of these talks, head to Soundwise.

Today Tandem Coaching Academy publishes the talk Kathryn Maloney gave during the workshop on the topic of managing and dealing with the stakeholders.


I’ve recently had conversations about the inherent values and differences between our approach at The Ready and an Agile approach to transforming the way a system and teams operate. I am admittedly impatient around comparisons like these for a few reasons. The first one is that what pretty much always sits behind them is the reptilian brain wanting to negotiate risk, fear, and impotence veiled as an intellectual exercise around practice and methodology. I get it and am empathetic to it, and I also have to name it.

About Best Agile Articles Project

Best Agile Articles is a collaborative project of the Agile community to bring you the best of the best publications each year. Our goal in publishing these yearly editions is to cull through the many articles that are published each year and provide you with a curated set of high-quality articles that capture the latest knowledge and experience of the agile community in one compact volume.
Our purpose is twofold. First, we understand that it’s hard to figure out where to go when looking for ideas and answers. There are thousands of blogs, videos, books and other resources available at the click of a mouse. But that can be a lot to sort through. So, we thought we could be of some help. Second, we wanted to bring some visibility to many people who are doing outstanding work in this field and are providing helpful resources. We hope that this publication will help them connect to you, the ones they are writing for.
Our intention is that this publication is to be by the agile community as a service to the agile community and for the agile community. With that in mind, we pulled together a great group of volunteers to help get this work into your hands.

The articles in this volume were selected by:
• A diverse Volunteer Committee of sixteen people with expertise in a variety of areas related to agile.
• The agile community. A call for article nominations went out in early 2020 and several dozen 2019 articles were nominated by the community.

The articles themselves cover a wide variety of topics including organizational structure, culture, and agile leadership. There is something for almost everyone here. All editions of the Best Agile Articles publication are available on Amazon and free to download on the Best Agile Article site.
We are thankful for the great participation by the agile community at large. If you would like to participate in delivering this publication in future years, we would welcome hearing from you.

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