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Agile IT Organization Design: For Digital Transformation and Continuous Delivery by Sriram Narayan

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Chapter 7. Alignment

We have been making the case for autonomous teams, and it is natural to worry that this will erode alignment with IT and business strategy. In this short chapter, we see ways to retain alignment. We also look at how to improve cooperation between IT and business. This topic ties back indirectly to the theme of designing for autonomy laid out in Chapter 3. Ensuring alignment lets us design for autonomy without worrying about runaway autonomy, which is a common cause of silos.

7.1 Articulate Strategy for General Alignment

Strategy is ineffective if it cannot be articulated in terms of day-to-day tradeoffs. For example:

• In enterprise architecture, it isn’t so useful just to say that teams should design for high availability. ...

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