About the Book
This book describes 15 practical applications of Human Complexity in the context of software and digital products development. It also suggests a new strategy for introducing Complexity to teams and organisations, based on the principle of acting your way into the new Complexity thinking.
The 15 practices help you skip over the most common misunderstandings on Complexity that are still widespread nowadays. The strategy for introducing Complexity comes from the author's personal experience trying with several managers, teammates, teams, and organisations, and it is based on the lessons learned the hard way from failures and from what, in the end, worked well.
This book also connects the dots between all the practices presented to give a glimpse of the modern organisations able to cope with and exploit Complexity, their traits and characteristics.
Human Complexity is the branch of Complexity science applicable to teams and modern organisations. And together with Lean and Agile Software Development is one of the pillars of modern ways of working. With users, customers and competitors that are hyperconnected, and with the constantly accelerating rate of change in the markets and the technology, understanding Complexity science today is useful more than ever.
The book is for leaders, managers, facilitators, change agents (Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches), and team members.
The practices in this book are inspired by the work of Joseph Pelrine, David S. Alberts, Ralph Stacey, and Dave Snowden. This book also contains original contributions from Dean Latchana, Liz Keogh, and the author himself, Luca Minudel. This book also aspires to be an example that inspires other Complexity practitioners to share other practices that could potentially be added to this book.
This book has been improved thanks to the precious feedback from Joseph Pelrine, Sunil Mundra, Dave Snowden, Brett Ansley, Ilias Bartolini, Carlo Beschi, Maurizio Pedriale, Peter Fessel, Bülent Duagi, Tom Northwood, Antonia Greensides, David Legge, Katya Kolmogorova, Greg Franklin, Corrado De Sanctis, Michael Park, Vicenç García Altés, Simon Reindl, Carlo Volpi.
Note to this third edition of the book (available for free to everyone who bought a previous edition): This third edition of the book comes with more stories and practical tips that make the book easier to read and more enjoyable. It describes a new strategy for introducing Complexity thinking to teams and the organisation. It has more insightful conclusions. The naming of some practices and concepts has also evolved thanks to the additional clarity emerged over time. Check here to download the latest edition when it becomes available https://leanpub.com/user_dashboard/library
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About the Author
Luca Minudel is a Lean-Agile Coach & Trainer, and a Transformation lead, with over 20 years of experience in professional software delivery and digital product development, most of them with Lean and Agile.
He is passionate about agility, lean, complexity science, and co-creation.
He contributed to the adoption of lean and agile practices by Ferrari's F1 racing team. For ThoughtWorks, he delivered training, coaching, assessments and organisational transformations in top-tier organisations in Europe and the United States. He worked as Head of Agility, Agile Transformation Lead, Lean/Agile Practice Lead, and as Lean/Agile Coach in companies such as Lloyds, Japan Tobacco International, BP, The AA, HSBC, and LexisNexis.
Luca is the founder and CEO of SmHarter.com, a company that helps organisations turn their way of working into their competitive advantage.