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The Agile CIO

Redefining IT Leadership in the Modern Enterprise, 2017 Edition

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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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Todd A. Jacobs
Todd A. Jacobs

Todd is the Chief Information Technology Officer and resident agile guru at Modern CloudOps℠, a division of CodeGnome Consulting. He specializes in CloudOps, DevOps, and agile transformations. Todd is also a recognized expert in IT automation and cyber security in the e-commerce, hospitality, and financial services sectors.

Todd is intensely passionate about technology and process. He's published several books about Scrum and agile leadership, and his technical articles have been featured in SysAdmin Magazine and Linux Journal. He's also a top contributor on Stack Overflow and a community moderator on Project Management Stack Exchange.

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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