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The Agile Gearbox

The Incredible Power of Switching to Manual

About the Book

The Agile Gearbox: The Incredible Power of Switching to Manual transforms "fake agile" to authentic agility.

Why does true agility, witnessed in nature and innovative companies, often slip through our fingers at work? "The Agile Gearbox" cracks this code, infusing your professional environment with genuine agility.

Bridging on Henry Mintzberg's updated classic "Understanding Organizations" (2023), we delve into how clashes between form, culture, and context impede the path to authentic agility.

Discover organizational fluency, an original concept encapsulated by the "Agile Gearbox". It equips you to adapt structure and function to context, optimizing speed, efficiency, innovation and wellbeing.

Embrace a transformative journey with "The Agile Gearbox". Like learning to drive stick, it's practice that perfects. This guide is your veteran co-driver, assisting you to weave agility into your organization seamlessly.

Ready to shun "fake agile" and animate a truly agile culture in your organization? "The Agile Gearbox" might be your missing link.

About the Author

Olivier Gourment
Olivier Gourment

Olivier Gourment has spent three decades in the tech industry, with the last 15 years dedicated to coaching organizational agility. His agility journey started at the turn of the millennium with his groundbreaking work on a project at Bell Canada. Over the years, Olivier has held various roles from developer and senior consultant, to lead architect and director of software development, offering him a broad and deep perspective of organizational structures and challenges.

His insights and expertise stem not only from his rich professional history but also from his continual quest for innovation. As a Director of Software Development at a large mobile marketing company, Olivier experienced firsthand the significant benefits of self-organizing teams - a pivotal realization that became a cornerstone of his future work. 

Olivier's distinguished track record of effecting transformation across various industries is a testament to his proficiency and adaptability. His approach to coaching, praised by clients for its "exceptional sophistication", consistently fosters a fundamental cultural shift, enhancing collaboration and motivation within teams.

Olivier's unique perspective embraces the power of well-executed re-teaming as a conduit for extreme agility and innovation in established organizations. His work underscores the importance of employee wellbeing as not just a side effect of success but a key ingredient to achieving and sustaining it. 

Acknowledged as a thought leader in his field, Olivier has been a frequent speaker at Agile and DevOps conferences worldwide since 2008, sharing his compelling insights with a global audience. 

Through his work, Olivier Gourment commits to helping organizations break free from "fake agile" and advance towards a culture of authentic agility and sustainable wellbeing.

About the Contributors

Eliza von Baeyer, PhD
Eliza von Baeyer, PhD

Eliza (she/her) is an organizational psychologist, consultant, and professional coach with 20+ years of experience in results-based management, change leadership and management, career and executive coaching, as well as applied research. Eliza is a scholar-practitioner passionate about arts-based research, as well as including the arts in her academic, consulting, and facilitation work, wherever possible. She has always been interested in the future of work and always strives to co-create awesome workplaces. With the pandemic, interest in the future of work, especially transitions to remote and hybrid work situations, has become a large part of her work. She completed the Semco Style Expert Certification training in 2021 to learn about Ricardo Semler’s work and the transformative methodology created to help organizations develop into democratic, people-centred, inclusive workplaces through brave leadership and creative innovation. Eliza holds a PhD in Organizational Development and Change, and an Evidence-Based Executive Coaching Certificate, from Fielding Graduate University.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction Part I. Agility: Present Illusions
    • 1 The Enduring Pursuit of Organizational Agility
    • 2 Pitfalls of Persistent Organizational Transformations
    • 3 Obstacles on the Road to Agile Transformations
    • 4 Pinning down Agility: An Observer’s Quandary
    • 5 Agility: Practices or a Cultural Shift?
    Part II. Agility: Deconstructed
    • 6 Comparing Agile Apples…
    • 7 Agile Coordination
    • 8 “Scaling” Agile Teams?
    • 9 …and Organizational Oranges
    • 10 Agile Culture and the Organizational Forms
    • 11 Rapid Races require Pit Stops
    • 12 Context and Culture: The Tailwind of Agility
    • 13 Incongruence: Misaligned Agility in the Four Forms
    • 14 The Challenge of Balancing Efficiency and Agility
    • 15 Envisaging Organizational Agility
    Part III. Agility: Shifting Gears
    • 16 An Organizational Agility Superculture
    • 17 Assessing the Agile Superculture
    • 18 Developing Organizational Agility
    • 19 Why Transformations Fail
    • 20 Developing “Organizational Agency”
    • 21 Incremental Development
    • 22 Going all in

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