Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy
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Last updated on 2017-06-07
About the Book
Today companies are expected to be flexible and both rapidly responsive and resilient to change, which basically asks them to be Agile. Lack of an overarching theory about how to expand the Agile Manifesto has led to many fragmented attempts to apply Agile company-wide. Yet, doing Agile (the mechanics) is different from being Agile (the mindset). The mindset lets you apply flexible Agile patterns not only for software development teams but for the whole company. Many experts are looking into implementing company-wide Agility. Yet, they work from one perspective. For example:
- A Sociocracy expert might say, “You first need to resolve the power structure, because as long as you have a hierarchy defined as top-down you will not become agile.”
- A Beyond Budgeting expert might say, “Stop fixing the budget annually, because otherwise you won't have the flexibility to react to frequent market changes.”
- An Agile expert might say, “You need to start inspecting and adapting by using regular retrospectives in order to react flexibly, otherwise you will neither be able to learn from the market nor from within your company.”
- An Open Space expert might say, “You need to make space for what you don’t know and can’t control, for totally new things to emerge. If people can follow their passion, you will be able to implement company-wide Agility, otherwise people will just do what they are asked.”
All of these perspectives are true, but the perspective is always from within the discipline. Our new perspective synthesizes these approaches and invites you to take a new, overview perspective that can truly address the challenges of doing business in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world.
Missing link between agile for teams and the flexible, adaptive and humane organisations
"I love what this book is going to be. It is going to be a great book and a very important book. My hopes are that it will be the missing link between agile for teams and the flexible, adaptive and humane organisations we want to build. It’s a great book. Thanks for writing it!" ~Sandy Mamoli, author of Creating Great Teams
Saves me at least 6 months
I would like to thank you for giving the opportunity to review this book, I love how those practice integrated and summarized into actionable recommendation. If I can read this book earlier it can save me at least 6 months on company-wide agility movements!
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