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Enterprise Agility For Dummies

Book Description

Manage and improve your organization's agile transformation

Adopting an enterprise agile framework is a radical organizational change, and this book will help you get there without ever breaking a sweat. In Enterprise Agility For Dummies, you'll discover how to successfully choose and implement the right framework based on your organization's own unique culture.

Organizational culture is one of the most overlooked challenges when trying to make a change to enterprise agile, and there are lots of resources out there that claim to have the perfect, one-size-fits-all solution. Luckily, this book takes a neutral stance and covers popular organizational change management techniques that you can implement to suit to your unique needs. Packed with step-by-step instruction and complemented with real-world case studies, this book offers everything you need to know in order to embrace a more agile mindset.

  • Understand the benefits of an agile approach
  • Pick the best enterprise agile framework for your organization
  • Create a successful enterprise change management plan

Let Enterprise Agility For Dummies help you optimize your business processes, and watch your productivity soar.

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with Enterprise Agility
      1. Chapter 1: Taking It All In: The Big Picture
        1. Defining Agile and Enterprise Agility
        2. Achieving Enterprise Agility in Three Not-So-Easy Steps
      2. Chapter 2: Reviewing Agile Team Practices and Frameworks
        1. Exploring Common Agile Practices
        2. Delivering Products with Scrum
        3. Developing Better Software with Extreme Programming
        4. Learning from Manufacturing with Lean Software Development
        5. Managing Workflow with Kanban
        6. Innovating Quickly with Lean Startup
      3. Chapter 3: Simplifying Lean Agility with SLAM
        1. Introducing the Simple Lean-Agile Mindset (SLAM)
        2. Starting at the Bottom with System-Level Optimization
        3. Setting and Executing a Strategic Vision
        4. Taking an Empirical Approach to Products, Operations, and Innovation
        5. Building Toward Business Agility
    4. Part 2: Reviewing the Top Enterprise Agile Frameworks
      1. Chapter 4: Joining the Big Leagues with the Scaled Agile Framework
        1. Getting Your Head in the SAFe Game
        2. Stepping Through the SAFe Management Layers and Levels
        3. Making Your Organization Agile with SAFe
      2. Chapter 5: Growing Scrum with Large-Scale Scrum
        1. Taking a Quick Tour of the LeSS Framework
        2. Descaling Enterprise Agility
        3. Getting to Know the Key Players
        4. Moving Up to Scrum at Scale: Adoption
      3. Chapter 6: Making Process Decisions with Disciplined Agile Delivery
        1. Understanding What Makes DA Tick
        2. Delivering in Lifecycles
        3. Getting to Know the Cast: Roles
      4. Chapter 7: Working in Tribes with the Spotify Engineering Culture
        1. Building Your Spotify Community
        2. Embracing a Creative, Failure-Friendly Culture
        3. Understanding Spotify’s Approach to Product Development/Planning
        4. Deciding Whether the Spotify Approach Is Right for You
      5. Chapter 8: Improving Workflow and Eliminating Waste with Kanban and Lean
        1. Grasping Kanban Principles and Practices
        2. Making Systems Lean
        3. Implementing Kanban and Lean
        4. Is Lean Kanban a Viable Enterprise Agile Framework?
    5. Part 3: Leading a Large-Scale Organizational Change
      1. Chapter 9: Sizing Up Your Organization
        1. Agilebots Transform! Committing to Radical Change
        2. Understanding What Culture Is and Why It’s So Difficult to Change
        3. Identifying Your Organization’s Culture Type
        4. Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Transformation
      2. Chapter 10: Driving Organizational Change
        1. Choosing an Approach: Top-Down or Bottom-Up
        2. Driving Change from Top to Bottom with the Kotter Approach
        3. Driving a Grass-Roots Change: A Fearless Approach
        4. Overcoming Obstacles Related to Your Organization’s Culture
      3. Chapter 11: Putting It All Together: Ten Steps to an Agile Enterprise
        1. Step 1: Identifying Your Organization’s Culture
        2. Step 2: Listing the Strengths and Challenges with Changing Your Culture
        3. Step 3: Selecting the Best Approach to Organizational Change Management
        4. Step 4: Training Managers on Lean Thinking
        5. Step 5: Starting a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence (LACE)
        6. Step 6: Choosing a High-Level Value Stream
        7. Step 7: Assigning a Budget to the Value Stream
        8. Step 8: Selecting an Enterprise Agile Framework
        9. Step 9: Shifting from Detailed Plans to Epics
        10. Step 10: Respecting and Trusting Your People
    6. Part 4: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 12: Ten Reasons Enterprise Agile Transformations Fail
        1. The Organization’s Culture Clashes with Agile Values
        2. Teams Aren’t Interested in Making Changes
        3. Executive Support Is Lacking
        4. The Proposed Change Is Too Radical
        5. The Customer Won’t Cooperate
        6. Leadership Refuses to Invest in Training
        7. The Developers Insist on Requirements
        8. Each Team Wants to Do Its Own Thing
        9. Nobody Has a Plan to Measure Improvements
        10. The Functional Areas Are Too Deeply Entrenched
      2. Chapter 13: Ten Tips for Overcoming Common Obstacles
        1. Develop a Clear Roadmap
        2. Find Support at the Top
        3. Set Realistic Expectations
        4. Compensate Employees for Their Investment
        5. Change Minds as Well as Systems
        6. Be Objective When Assessing Your Organization’s Culture
        7. Build Broad Consensus on the Reason for the Change
        8. Don’t Rely Solely on Outside Consultants to Drive Change
        9. Encourage Reluctant Executives and Managers to Embrace the Change
        10. Listen to the Skeptics
      3. Chapter 14: Ten Ways Enterprise Agility Improves Product Delivery
        1. Increasing Agility
        2. Boosting Innovation
        3. Enhancing Transparency
        4. Boosting Productivity
        5. Making Product Development More Fun and Rewarding
        6. Strengthening Customer Relationships
        7. Enhancing Product Quality
        8. Making Product Delivery More Predictable
        9. Reducing the Risk of Failure
        10. Improving Developer Discipline
    7. About the Author
    8. Connect with Dummies
    9. End User License Agreement