Chapter 9. Adaptive Leadership

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

An agile team's most creative and valuable work occurs when there is an optimum balance between flexibility and structure, control and freedom, and optimization and exploration. But keeping the team on this creative edge comes with the risk of veering off course. A project's outcome can be nonlinear in either positive or negative directions, accruing rapid success or spiraling into failure; controls placed on the system can have unintended outcomes. To keep the team on its creative edge and the project on track in a positive direction, the agile manager needs ...

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