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“Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” – a HBR Press Book Review

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Agile HBR PRess book review –

Agile methodologies implementations look deceptively simple. You take an organization, reset its’ ways it adds value, empower and support teams with resources and voila – you are rolling! “Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” takes the agile to a new level, by using the wealth of knowledge available to one of the most astute consultants nowadays – Bain & Co.

One of the most widespread myths is that agile can be applied anytime, in almost every organization and – critical point – to all the processes at once. You probably guessed – this is wrong.
Agile is not a magic universal wand – and cannot be applied indiscriminately to everything. !“Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” argues for a sensible balance between resources, customers specifications and the talent pool. Every organization has a natural tension between running smoothly its operations – and carefuly changing them via innovation. Agile should not be the ultimate goal – after all, it represents rather a pathway towards highly efficient operations.

The authors themselves went through the classical hypes and downs of the agile method. Darrel Rigby, as the head of Bain & Company’s global innovation practice, consulted and researched for many organizations what agile can achieve. On the other side, Sarah Elk, as the head of the firm’s Operating Model practice, is in a position to argue for the importance of a stable operations constellation. Steven H. Berez bridges the two worlds with his Information Technology practice experience. All three authors manage to do an interesting act of balance and bring very different points at table – with nice results.Read More »“Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos” – a HBR Press Book Review