The Agile CIO
The Agile CIO
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The Agile CIO

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Last updated on 2017-09-06

About the Book

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The Agile CIO is currently the only book of its kind on the market. It's an in-depth guide for modern CIOs who are responsible for the ever-expanding reach of technology within their organizations, while simultaneously responding to increasing market pressures and regulatory requirements.

The author draws on over 25 years of experience in CIO advisory, IT governance, information security, software development, and IT operations to showcase both challenges and solutions faced by today's CIOs. Drawing on best practices he's developed for numerous startups and Fortune 500 companies, Todd Jacobs explains how modern principles and values from the agile movement can be applied to the pivotal role of Chief Information Officer.

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About the Author

Todd A. Jacobs
Todd A. Jacobs

Todd A. Jacobs is President and CIO of CodeGnome Consulting, LTD. CodeGnome is a boutique consulting firm that specializes in CIO advisory services and DevOps transformations. He also currently serves as the President of Maryland Mensa.

His latest book, The Agile CIO, is currently available exclusively here on Leanpub.com. Other IT-related publishing credits include:

  • "Managing Docker Instances with Puppet", Linux Journal 274 (February 2017): 92-111.
  • "Provisioning Docker with Puppet", Linux Journal 272 (Dececember 2016): 72-80.
  • "Secure Token-Based Authentication with YubiKey 4", Linux Journal 265 (May 2016): 82-102.
  • "Configuring One-Time Password Authentication with OTPW", Linux Journal 225 (January 2013): 76-88.
  • "Understanding NTP Reachability Statistics", Linux Journal, January 2004. https://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6812.
  • "Improving SSH with Keychain", Sys Admin Magazine 12, no. 1 (January 2003): 21-24.

In addition to his deep expertise in IT and security management, Todd is also passionate about technology and process. He loves working with Linux, Docker, and Puppet, and enjoys programming in Ruby. He's also a top contributor and community moderator on Project Management Stack Exchange.

He currently lives with his wife and son in the greater Baltimore area, but travels frequently for business and public speaking engagements. In his rare but treasured free time, he enjoys reading, writing, gaming, fine dining, and Netflix binging.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Who Should Read This Book?
  • 1. The Modern Enterprise
  • 2. The Role of the Modern CIO
    • Workforce Culture
    • Personal Technology
    • Delivery Paradigms
    • Information Security
    • Redefining the CIO Role for Today’s Workplace
  • 3. Styles of Management
    • Command and Control
    • Servant Leader
      • The Servant-Leader Management Model
    • Hybrid Styles
      • The Crossover Leader
      • Unstructured Agility
  • 4. The Rise of Agile IT
  • 5. Introducing Agility to the C-Suite
    • Laying the Foundation
    • Uncover a Mandate
    • Metrics Create Buy-In
    • Build in Transparency
  • 6. Measuring for Success
    • Quantitative Management
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • Test-Driven Management (Forthcoming)
  • 7. Fail Early, Fail Fast, and Reap the Benefits
    • Key Terms
    • Define a Minimum Viable Product
    • Leverage failure as a learning or feedback tool.
    • Failing early when you can’t succeed is a success!
    • More on “Failure”
  • 8. Design for Delivery
    • DevOps Culture
    • Design for Automation
      • What is Automation?
      • Implementing Automation
    • Continuous Integration
    • Continuous Delivery
    • Continuous Deployment
    • Automation-Ready Development
  • 9. Design for Operationalization
    • Shift Left
    • Taming Self-Service with Curated Service Catalogs
    • X as a Service
      • Infrastructure as Code
      • (Bare) Metal as a Service
      • Infrastructure as a Service
      • Platform as a Service
      • Software as a Service
      • Database as a Service
  • 10. Design for Governance
    • What is Governance?
    • Importance of IT Governance
    • Change Control
    • Pre-Authorized Changes
    • Manage the Exceptions
      • Defining the Exceptions
      • Categorizing the Exceptions
      • Handling the Exceptions
    • Automated Rollouts
    • Automated Rollbacks
  • 11. Organizational Optimizations (Forthcoming)
  • 12. Inspect and Adapt (Forthcoming)
  • 13. Conclusion (Forthcoming)
  • About the Author
  • Appendices
    • Glossary
    • The Agile Manifesto
      • Four Values of the Manifesto
      • Twelve Principles of the Manifesto
    • Rules of Thumb
    • Quotable Quotes
    • Capability Maturity Model Integration (Forthcoming)
  • Notes

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