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Quintessence

An acme for software development organisations

About the Book

Many organisations seek change for the better, but many are destined to fail. This is down to many factors, but not least because organisations lack a clear model of what a quintessential software delivery-led organisation looks like and works like. 

This book is a map or blueprint of the quintessentially effective software delivery-led organisation, in book form. It's a book through which organisations can surface, reflect upon, and compare their collective culture, assumptions, beliefs and practices.

Equipped with such a map, it’s easier to spot where improvements might be made, and more fundamentally, the nature of such improvements, improvements which translate to improved health and success for the whole organisation.

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Bob Marshall
Bob Marshall

My name is Bob Marshall and these days I most often describe myself as an Organisational Psychotherapist. Which is to say, I bring psychotherapy techniques out of the therapy room and into the organisation as a whole. When trying to change the culture and thinking of a whole organisation, what better way than Organisational Psychotherapy?

In decades of experience working with technical businesses, I’ve come to realise that technical skills pale into insignificance beside our ability to nurture productive collaborative relationships. If you’re in an organisation that wants to improve things for the better, you may find Organisational Psychotherapy of appreciable benefit.

I have for the past eighteen years headed Falling Blossoms – the UK’s first Organisational Psychotherapy provider – serving organisations undertaking major transformation change in their search to become more humane, people-oriented and productive.

I’m the originator of Rightshifting and the creator of the Marshall Model (Dreyfus for the Organisation), as well as Prod•gnosisEmotioneering and FlowChain; the enterprise-wide approach to developing software-intensive products and services.

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Martin Hogg
Martin Hogg

Collective Beliefs' The Thing

The deeper underpinning of effectiveness is not what we do or how we do it; it's what we collectively believe. To build a truly effective organisation, you need first to understand what highly effective organisations believe... Quintessence provides the first crystal clear description of the things the best organisations believe. Understanding this is your next best step towards a better future. Martin Hogg Senior Director of Software Development, Oracle Corporation

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