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|The Agile Culture is a must-read book for anyone in I.T. management whose organization is struggling with transforming their organization from the classical waterfall software methodology to an agile methodology. In real-world examples, the authors give concrete and practical methods and tools for an I.T. Manager to proactively participate in fostering and guiding the agile transformation of their organization. I, for one, am making my manager read it.
There is a plethora of books on Agile methodology and processes. These methodology books outline the tools and mechanics of implementing Agile transformations from the bottom of an organization to the top. The role of I.T. management in fostering this transformation is to get out of the way and 'let it happen.' The role of the managers and thought leaders in an organization should never just ‘get out of the way.’ But what productive role can they play in an agile transformation? The Agile Culture fills the void in the body of work on Agile transformations. The authors give practical and effective means for managers and thought leaders to encourage and foster the agile transformation of their organization.
The first two chapters focus on why enabling a culture of trust and ownership in an organization undergoing the agile transformation is crucial for success. The authors make the very strong argument that most of the traditional means of motivating employees and measuring their success is counter-productive if not outright destructive to the agile process. Chapter Three provides the survey and means to measure the current culture to determine the best method forward. The remaining chapters provide the tools and means for enabling the Agile Culture change to all facets of the organization. The final chapter is a case study of this process in action.
Overall, this book is an excellent resource for managers of I.T. employees of all levels; from front-line managers to CIOs. Agile Culture will help you take an active role in transforming your I.T. organization into an agile, high-performing mind-set where trust, integrity and results matter.