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Adaptive Leadership: Accelerating Enterprise Agility

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Lessons from Agile’s First Decade…Leadership for Agile’s Next Decade

The agile software movement has now been around for a full decade. As coauthor of the original Agile Manifesto, Jim Highsmith has been at its heart since the beginning. He’s spent the past decade helping hundreds of organizations transition to agile/lean. When it comes to agile, he’s seen it all–in a variety of industries, worldwide.

Now, in Adaptive Leadership, he has compiled, updated, and extended his best writings about agile and lean methods for a management audience. Highsmith doesn’t just reveal what’s working and what isn’t; he offers a powerful new vision for extending agility across the enterprise.

Drawing on what’s been learned in application development, this guide shows how to use adaptive leadership techniques to transform the way you deliver complete solutions, whatever form they take. You’ll learn how enterprise agility can enable the ambitious organizational missions that matter most; how leaders can deliver a continuous stream of value; how to think disruptively about opportunities, and how to respond quickly by creating more adaptive, innovative organizations.

Coverage includes

  • Discovering and executing new business opportunities far more quickly

  • Delivering complete business solutions earlier, and iterating them more often

  • Organizing for innovation, and systematically managing opportunity flow

  • Clarifying the degree of strategic, portfolio, and operational agility you need, and focusing on your highest-value transformations

  • Creating cultures that actually can adapt and learn

  • Reinvigorating the roots of agile value and values

  • Understanding IT’s changing value proposition, and retraining your people accordingly

  • Integrating economics, products, and social responsibility

  • Choosing metrics that guide agility, not counterproductive traditional metrics

  • Understanding the financial implications of technical debt

  • Optimizing business value by doing less–and guiding the process with ”NOT to do“ lists

  • Speculating intelligently when you can’t plan away uncertainty

  • Customizing management to each project’s needs (because not all projects should be equally agile)

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents
  4. Foreword by Gary Gruver
  5. Foreword by Christopher Murphy
  6. Foreword by John Crosby
  7. Preface
  8. About the Author
  9. Chapter 1. Enterprise Agility
    1. CEOs and CIOs Focus on Agility
    2. Why Agility?
    3. Business Agility Needed in Turbulent Times
    4. Responsiveness and Efficiency
    5. How Agile Do We Need to Be?
    6. Manage the Flow of Opportunities
    7. Organizing for Innovation
    8. The Strategic Impact of Continuous Delivery
    9. Levels of Agility: Strategic, Portfolio, Operational
    10. The Challenge of Adaptive Leadership
  10. Chapter 2. Adaptive Leadership Today
    1. Creating a Culture of Adaptation and Learning
    2. What Do Leaders Want from Agile?
    3. The Law of Raspberry Jam: Reflecting on Agile Progress
    4. Unorthodox, Unconventional, and the Next Decade of Agile
    5. Innovators, Imitators, and Idiots
    6. Iterative Delivery, Waterfall Governance
    7. IT’s Changing Value Proposition
    8. More Than Software: Integrating Economics, Product, and Social Responsibility
    9. Velocity Is Killing Agility
    10. You Can’t Plan Away Uncertainty
    11. The Ambidextrous Organization
  11. Chapter 3. Deliver a Continuous Flow of Value
    1. Speed-to-Value
    2. Beyond Scope, Schedule, and Cost: The Agile Triangle
    3. Constraints Drive Innovation
    4. Determining Business Value
    5. Beyond Project Plans
    6. Feature Folly
    7. Features or Quality? Selling Software Excellence to Business Partners
    8. All Projects Are Not the Same
    9. Scope Issues in an Agile Project
    10. Speed
    11. Reducing Cycle Time
    12. Cycles, Cycles, Cycles
    13. Shortening the Tail
    14. Quality Management
    15. The Financial Implications of Technical Debt
    16. Do Less
  12. Chapter 4. Create an Adaptive, Innovative Culture
    1. Adapting
    2. Exploring
    3. Engaging and Inspiring
    4. Riding Paradox
    5. Complexity and Leadership
  13. Chapter 5. Final Words
  14. Bibliography