EDGE: Value-Driven Digital Transformation

Book description

EDGE: The Agile Operating Model That Will Help You Successfully Execute Your Digital Transformation

[“The authors’] passion for technology allows them to recognize that for most enterprises in the 21st century, technology is THE business. This is what really separates the EDGE approach. It is a comprehensive operating model with technology at its core.”
—From the Foreword by Heidi Musser, Executive Vice President and Principal Consultant, Leading Agile; retired, Vice President and CIO, USAA


Maximum innovation happens at the edge of chaos: the messy, risky, and uncertain threshold between randomness and structure. Operating there is uncomfortable but it’s where organizations “invent the future.” EDGE is a set of fast, iterative, adaptive, lightweight, and value-driven tools to achieve digital transformation, and EDGE: Value-Driven Digital Transformation is your guide to using this operating model for innovation.

Jim Highsmith is one of the world’s leading agile pioneers and a coauthor of the Agile Manifesto. He, Linda Luu, and David Robinson know from their vast in-the-trenches experience that sustainable digital transformation requires far more than adopting isolated agile practices or conventional portfolio management. This hard, indispensable work involves changing culture and mindset, and going beyond transforming the IT department.

EDGE embraces an adaptive mindset in the face of market uncertainty, a visible, value-centered portfolio approach that encourages continual value linkages from vision to detailed initiatives, incremental funding that shifts as strategies evolve, collaborative decision-making, and better risk mitigation. This guide shows leaders how to use the breakthrough EDGE approach to go beyond incremental improvement in a world of exponential opportunities.

  • Build an organization that adapts fast enough to thrive
  • Clear away unnecessary governance processes, obsolete “command and control” leadership approaches, and slow budgeting/planning cycles
  • Improve collaboration when major, fast-paced responses are necessary
  • Continually optimize investment allocation and monitoring based on your vision and goals

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Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. About This E-Book
  3. Praise for EDGE: Value-Driven Digital Transformation
  4. Half-Title Page
  5. Title Page
  6. Copyright Page
  7. Dedication Page
  8. Contents
  9. Foreword
  10. Preface
  11. Acknowledgments
  12. About the Authors
  13. Chapter 1. The Big Picture
    1. Exploring EDGE
    2. Agility Is Key to Fast Enough
    3. Building Organizational Responsiveness
    4. Toward a Customer-Value Fitness Function
    5. It’s Not Easy, Just Imperative
    6. Final Thoughts
  14. Chapter 2. Tech@Core
    1. A Digital Enterprise: Technology at the Core
    2. Digital Technology Platforms
    3. Who Creates Your Technology Strategy?
    4. Final Thoughts
  15. Chapter 3. EDGE Principles
    1. Outcome-Based Strategy
    2. Value-Based Prioritization
    3. Lightweight Planning and Governance
    4. Adaptive, Learning Culture
    5. Autonomous Teams
    6. Self-Sufficient, Collaborative Decision Making
    7. Final Thoughts
  16. Chapter 4. Building a Value-Driven Portfolio
    1. Strategy and the Lean Value Tree
    2. Evolving the Lean Value Tree
    3. Funding Allocation
    4. Final Thoughts
  17. Chapter 5. Measuring and Prioritizing Value
    1. Why Measures Matter
    2. Identifying Measures of Success
    3. Applying MoS to Portfolios
    4. Prioritizing Value
    5. Final Thoughts
  18. Chapter 6. Building a Product Mindset
    1. Moving from Projects to Products
    2. The Role of Product People in Organizations
    3. Product and Portfolio Team Collaboration
    4. Defining Products and the Connection to the LVT
    5. Defining the Product
    6. Creating Agile Product Backlogs
    7. Final Thoughts
  19. Chapter 7. Integrating Strategic and Business as Usual Portfolios
    1. Back to Reality
    2. Integrated Backlogs
    3. Backlog Components
    4. Prioritization
    5. Final Thoughts
  20. Chapter 8. Lightweight Governance
    1. The Lost Objectives of Governance
    2. Establishing Lightweight Governance
    3. Periodic Value Review
    4. Rebalancing the Portfolio
    5. Periodic Value Review Dashboard
    6. Final Thoughts
  21. Chapter 9. Autonomous Teams and Collaborative Decision Making
    1. You Are Not Alone
    2. Autonomous Teams
    3. EDGE Teams
    4. Collaborative, Self-Sufficient Decisions
    5. Aligning Organizations to Business Capability
    6. Final Thoughts
  22. Chapter 10. Adaptive Leadership
    1. Adaptive Leadership
    2. Encourage an Adaptive Mindset
    3. Lead Change
    4. Be Bold
    5. Riding Paradox
    6. Inspire Others
    7. Final Thoughts
  23. Chapter 11. EDGE: Exploring Your Transformative Future
  24. Index

Product information

  • Title: EDGE: Value-Driven Digital Transformation
  • Author(s): Jim Highsmith, Linda Luu, David Robinson
  • Release date: September 2019
  • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
  • ISBN: 9780135263617