Doing Agile Right

Transformation Without Chaos

Author: Darrell K. Rigby

Publisher: Harvard Business Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Agile has the power to transform work--but only if it's implemented the right way. For decades business leaders have been painfully aware of a huge chasm: They aspire to create nimble, flexible enterprises. But their day-to-day reality is silos, sluggish processes, and stalled innovation. Today, agile is hailed as the essential bridge across this chasm, with the potential to transform a company and catapult it to the head of the pack. Not so fast. In this clear-eyed, indispensable book, Bain & Company thought leader Darrell Rigby and his colleagues Sarah Elk and Steve Berez provide a much-needed reality check. They dispel the myths and misconceptions that have accompanied agile's rise to prominence--the idea that it can reshape an organization all at once, for instance, or that it should be used in every function and for all types of work. They illustrate that agile teams can indeed be powerful, making people's jobs more rewarding and turbocharging innovation, but such results are possible only if the method is fully understood and implemented the right way. The key, they argue, is balance. Every organization must optimize and tightly control some of its operations, and at the same time innovate. Agile, done well, enables vigorous innovation without sacrificing the efficiency and reliability essential to traditional operations. The authors break down how agile really works, show what not to do, and explain the crucial importance of scaling agile properly in order to reap its full benefit. They then lay out a road map for leading the transition to a truly agile enterprise. Agile isn't a goal in itself; it's a means to becoming a high-performance operation. Doing Agile Right is a must-have guide for any company trying to make the transition--or trying to sustain high agility.

Broken Agile

Second Edition

Author: Tim J. Brizard

Publisher: Apress


Category: Computers

Page: 97

View: 336

Learn how to be successful in adopting Agile and see good and bad examples of how Agile can be adopted. Broken Agile, Second Edition contains stories from years of real world experience on Agile teams and projects. The stories in each chapter are both educational and entertaining. Each chapter focuses on specific Agile values and principles. The stories in each chapter are used to illustrate how Agile values and principles are sometimes misunderstood or misapplied on Agile teams and projects. You will read how Agile is used in the real world and the consequences of poor adaptations of the Agile software development methodology. These stories will help you in your journey to adopt Agile software development. What You'll Learn What are good and bad examples of how Agile can be adopted What are some specific Agile values and principles How some of these are misunderstood or misapplied How Agile is used in the real world What are the consequences of poor adoption of the Agile software methodology How some companies have been successful in adopting Agile AudienceThis book is for experienced software developers in their journey to adopt Agile Software development. It is very useful for those considering implementation of Agile processes.

Agile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide

The Incomplete Guide

Author: Gez Smith



Category: Computers

Page: 202

View: 99

Agile Marketing: The Incomplete Guide looks at how the rise of the Internet and digital technologies has made the worlds of marketing, PR and communications so much more complex, fast-paced and uncertain that the old ways of delivering campaigns are no longer as effective. Instead, we need to consider the approaches used for many years by software developers to deal with complex, fast-paced and uncertain environments, by adopting an agile mindset and used agile methodologies such as scrum. Covering agile from different perspectives in the fields of strategy, leadership and organisational change, as well as offering concrete changes and processes you could adopt right now in order to become more agile, this book is for anyone who feels that the old ways of delivering marketing, PR or communications activity are no longer keeping up with digital and the Internet, and who is open to considering a whole new way of approaching their professional work.

Agile: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review

Author: Harvard Business Review

Publisher: Harvard Business Press


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 251

More than a buzzword, agile is a powerful business tool for all. To the uninitiated, agile is a software development and project management process involving white boards, colored Post-it Notes, and stand-up meetings. It may seem as though agile doesn’t and won't ever apply to you. But agile is here to stay, and its benefits can be realized beyond IT and project management into other areas of your business. If you're a leader, it's worth exploring how your group can benefit from the higher productivity and morale agile brings. Agile: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review brings you today's most essential thinking on agile, from exploring the conditions under which agile is most effective and easiest to implement to reducing new-product development risk to bringing the most valuable products and features to market faster and more predictably. The lessons in this book will help you introduce agile into a broader range of activities and accelerate profitable growth for your company. Business is changing. Will you adapt or be left behind? Get up to speed and deepen your understanding of the topics that are shaping your company's future with the Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review series. Featuring HBR's smartest thinking on fast-moving issues--blockchain, cybersecurity, AI, and more--each book provides the foundational introduction and practical case studies your organization needs to compete today and collects the best research, interviews, and analysis to get it ready for tomorrow. You can't afford to ignore how these issues will transform the landscape of business and society. The Insights You Need series will help you grasp these critical ideas--and prepare you and your company for the future.

The Agile Leader

How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age

Author: Simon Hayward

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 491

Ever feel like you and your team are stretched across multiple demands or that the goal posts change constantly? Never before have businesses felt so acutely this constant need to adapt, pivot and change tack. This book will teach you how you can not only survive in the context of digital transformation, but also thrive and grow, by adopting a powerful agile leadership model. This new and revised edition of The Agile Leader lays out clearly in eight steps how agile leaders empower their team to make decision quickly, evaluate correctly where the biggest opportunities are and mould their strategies around market dynamics and ever-changing needs. If there's one leadership skill that successful businesses have in spades, it's the ability to enable teams to adapt and grow within complex eco-systems of clients, partners and suppliers. By focusing on teamwork and collaboration, as well as promoting shared decision making and ruthless prioritizing, leaders can transform the way they work as well as how their teams function to make them more malleable. Simon Hayward is an agile leadership expert. In this new edition of this successful book, he distills years of leadership and agile research into an actionable 8 step plan, brought to life with examples of agile digital businesses. Learn how to become agile and make digital transformation and delivery part of your business as usual.

Agile Transformation

Structures, Processes and Mindsets for the Digital Age

Author: Neil Perkin

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 991

Traditional organizational structures and cultures are no longer fit for purpose in a digitally-empowered world. The number of new and disruptive technologies is increasing, the speed of change shows no sign of slowing down and organization development practitioners and business leaders need to act urgently to enable their companies to succeed in the digital age. Agile Transformation is the much-needed guide on how to achieve this success. Packed full of practical advice, this book covers everything from why new operating models are needed, how to apply agile principles at scale, leverage digital-native processes and why change managers need to think big but start small. Agile Transformation also covers how to build and engage high performing teams for change, how to tackle the employee mindset that can hinder agile adoption and why developing an agile business is not an excuse to fail to plan. There is also guidance on how to develop fast and focused high-velocity decision making, build momentum for change and apply an agile approach to different business functions including HR, Finance, Sales, Operations and Procurement. This book is crucial reading for all businesses wanting to effectively compete in the new world of work.

Organisational Buying

A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Author: Daniel D Prior

Publisher: Springer Nature


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 217

View: 460

Organisational buying is the purchase of goods and/ or services, by one or more individuals acting on behalf of the buyer firm, after a formal or informal consideration of purchase alternatives, and, the integration or use of those goods and/ or services to address one or more buyer firm problems or issues. Organisational buying accounts for about two-thirds of economic transactions globally. However, organisational buying has traditionally been taught in discipline-specific silos. Organisational buying concepts appear in courses on marketing and sales management, procurement, contract management, supply chain management, operations management, finance, as well as accounting. Moreover, most organisations treat organisational buying activities in a similarly disjointed way. This book provides a comprehensive overview of organisational buying that integrates perspectives from across a range of disciplines and organisational functions. The primary goal of the book is to develop a holistic interpretation of organisational buying. It covers topics such as: • Purchase situations. • The organisational buying process. • The purchase decision and the value proposition. • Communications in organisational buying. • Buyer-supplier relationships. • Organisational buying capabilities. • Organisational buying culture. • Organisational buying approach design. • Channels of supply. • Networks and organisational buying. Written in a practical, approachable way the book includes a range of exercises, case examples, learning objectives and discussion questions to support a broad spectrum of organisational buying-related courses.

Agile Testing

A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

Author: Lisa Crispin

Publisher: Pearson Education


Category: Computers

Page: 533

View: 891

Get past the myths of testing in agile environments - and implement agile testing the RIGHT way. * * For everyone concerned with agile testing: developers, testers, managers, customers, and other stakeholders. * Covers every key issue: Values, practices, organizational and cultural challenges, collaboration, metrics, infrastructure, documentation, tools, and more. * By two of the world's most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants. Software testing has always been crucial, but it may be even more crucial in agile environments that rely heavily on repeated iterations of software capable of passing tests. There are, however, many myths associated with testing in agile environments. This book helps agile team members overcome those myths -- and implement testing that truly maximizes software quality and value. Long-time agile testers Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory offer powerful insights for three large, diverse groups of readers: experienced testers who are new to agile; members of newly-created agile teams who aren't sure how to perform testing or work with testers; and test/QA managers whose development teams are implementing agile. Readers will learn specific agile testing practices and techniques that can mean the difference between success and failure; discover how to transition 'traditional' test teams to agile; and learn how to integrate testers smoothly into agile teams. Drawing on extensive experience, the authors illuminate topics ranging from culture to test planning to automated tools. They cover every form of testing: business-facing tests, technology-facing tests, exploratory tests, context-driven and scenario tests, load, stability, and endurance tests, and more. Using this book's techniques, readers can improve the effectiveness and reduce the risks of any agile project or initiative.

The Agile Enterprise

Building and Running Agile Organizations

Author: Mario E. Moreira

Publisher: Apress


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 733

Discover how to implement and operate in an Agile manner at every level of your enterprise and at every point from idea to delivery. Learn how Agile-mature organizations adapt nimbly to microchanges in market conditions. Learn cutting-edge practices and concepts as you extend your implementation of Agile through the entire enterprise to meet customer needs. Veteran Agile coach Mario Moreira argues that two critical conditions must be conscientiously cultivated at a company before it can expect to reap in full measure the business benefits of mature Agile. First, individuals at every level must be committed to the mindset and the implementation of practices rigorously focused on delivering value to the customer. Second, all employees must be empowered to take ownership. This holistic transformation wrenches the status quo and provokes a strong focus where customers and employees matter. What You'll Learn Establish an idea pipeline to quickly and productively evolve customer value through all levels of the enterprise Incorporate a discovery mindset—experimental, incremental, design, and divergent thinking—and fast feedback loops to increase the odds that what you build aligns more closely to what customer wants Leverage Lean Canvas, personas, story mapping, value stream mapping, Cost of Delay, servant leadership, self-organization, and more to deliver optimum value to customers Use continuous agile budgeting and idea pipelines at the senior levels of the enterprise to enable you to adapt to the speed of the market Reinvent human resources, portfolio management, finance, and many areas of management toward new roles in the enablement of customer value Map a top-to-bottom and end-to-end holistic view of your Agile galaxy to gauge where you are today and where you’d like to go in your Agile future Be truly Agile throughout your enterprise, focused on customer value and employees above all else Who This Book Is For Executives and senior management; sponsors of Agile within a company; ScrumMasters and Agile coaches, champions, and consultants; project management and quality assurance officers (PMOs and AMOs); portfolio managers; product managers and product owners; marketing and business managers; functional, middle, and resource managers; engineering heads and managers; cross-functional engineering/scrum teams; and entrepreneurs and venture capitalists

AGILE in Practice

Practical Use-cases on Project Management Methods including Agile, Kanban and Scrum (English Edition)

Author: Sudipta Malakar

Publisher: BPB Publications


Category: Computers

Page: 312

View: 954

Practical guidance to Implement AGILE, KANBAN, XP and SCRUM with 600+ Expert Solutions included KEY FEATURES ● Supportive materials for PMI-ACP and SAFe exam preparation. ● Proven use-cases on implementation of Kanban, Agile and Scrum across business projects. ● 600+ interview questions, quizzes and business solutions to acquire lucrative Agile project management jobs. DESCRIPTION This book is a pragmatic guidance teaching modern IT professionals how to improvise and scale up IT delivery capabilities using leading project management methodologies including Agile and Kanban. It is equipped with use-cases and hundreds of solutions and the readers will learn to examine the strength of their project management function and how to improvise it. The book brings exclusive knowledge on several strategies to put into implementation in the event of natural disaster like Covid-19 and for future crisis management. You will be acquainted with the popular tools and technologies that your organization can make use of it for better collaboration on projects. You will learn the various project performance metrics for each of these project management methodologies. As an added advantage of this book, you can get yourself ready for one of the popular and critical professional examinations like PMP-ACP and SAFe. Key strategies to beat Covid-19 Pandemic and for crisis management Key enablers to build Organizational Resilience and enterprise maturity model Portfolio/ Upstream Kanban implementations lessons learnt and key takeaways PMI-ACP and SAFe exam preparation Tricky Real-world Agile SCRUM & KANBAN Case Studies, Demos and tools Interview Questions and answers on Agile SCRUM, XP, DSDM, KANBAN and SCRUMBAN Useful Tips & techniques for successful Agile transformation in any Organization and The Art of Agile Development Agile & Kanban Metrics JIRA tool use in Projects / Programs WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ● Gain strong hold on concepts of KANBAN, XP, FDD, DSDM, SCRUMBAN and SCRUM. ● Exclusive coverage on strategies to beat Covid-19 Pandemic and future crisis management. ● Learn to build Organizational Resilience and enterprise maturity model. ● Ready guidance to prepare for PMI-ACP and SAFe certification. ● Tricky Real-world Agile SCRUM & KANBAN Case Studies, Demos and tools. WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR This book is for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Developers, CXOs and professionals closely associated with Agile Scrum, Kanban, XP projects to further improve their knowledge of Agile with valuable pragmatic insights. Experienced-level professionals and Agile enthusiasts having relevant experience can also acquire an in-depth knowledge of the advanced concepts in project management. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Key success factors for adopting Agile SCRUM Kanban in any organizations 2. Why Personal Agility matters 3. Tricky Real-world Agile SCRUM & KANBAN Case Studies, Demos and tools 4. Agile SCRUM KANBAN Maturity assessment Nuts & Bolts 5. Useful Tips & techniques for successful Agile transformation in any Organization and The Art of Agile Development 6. Common Agile SCRUM KANBAN misconceptions 7. Key Takeaways 8. Glossary 9. Quiz Session 10. Test your Knowledge