By Jim Highsmith

Lessons from Agile’s First Decade…Leadership for Agile’s subsequent Decade


The agile software program circulate has now been round for a whole decade. As coauthor of the unique Agile Manifesto, Jim Highsmith has been at its center because the starting. He’s spent the earlier decade assisting hundreds of thousands of corporations transition to agile/lean. in terms of agile, he’s noticeable it all–in numerous industries, worldwide.


Now, in Adaptive Leadership , he has compiled, up-to-date, and prolonged his top writings approximately agile and lean tools for a administration viewers. Highsmith doesn’t simply display what’s operating and what isn’t; he bargains a robust new imaginative and prescient for extending agility around the enterprise.


Drawing on what’s been discovered in software improvement, this advisor indicates the right way to use adaptive management thoughts to rework how you bring entire recommendations, no matter what shape they take. You’ll learn the way company agility can let the formidable organizational missions that topic such a lot; how leaders can convey a continuing movement of price; tips to imagine disruptively approximately possibilities, and the way to reply speedy through developing extra adaptive, leading edge organizations.


Coverage includes

  • Discovering and executing new enterprise possibilities way more quickly
  • Delivering whole company recommendations previous, and iterating them extra often
  • Organizing for innovation, and systematically coping with chance flow
  • Clarifying the measure of strategic, portfolio, and operational agility you wish, and targeting your highest-value transformations
  • Creating cultures that truly can adapt and learn
  • Reinvigorating the roots of agile price and values
  • Understanding IT’s altering worth proposition, and retraining your humans accordingly
  • Integrating economics, items, and social responsibility
  • Choosing metrics that advisor agility, now not counterproductive conventional metrics
  • Understanding the monetary implications of technical debt
  • Optimizing enterprise worth by way of doing less–and guiding the method with ”NOT to do“ lists
  • Speculating intelligently in case you can’t plan away uncertainty
  • Customizing administration to every project’s wishes (because now not all tasks might be both agile)


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Rich information flows in an ecosystem balanced at the edge of chaos define the most effective pattern for generating emergent results. Emergent results, creativity, and innovation require a rich stew of information, of conversations and interactions. The “edge of chaos” defines a narrow band in which there is enough order to stave off randomness, yet enough disorder to generate new ideas. This balance point might be referred to as the zone of creative adaptability. Dee Hock (1999), in Birth of the Chaordic Age, refers to “chaordic” management, meaning balancing between chaos and order.

For example, I worked with a large organization that had a corporate-wide phasegate process for project governance. It was able to work out an agile version for software development that still fit within the overall governance process. The idealistic approach might try to eliminate the phase-gate process, but that would not have been acceptable to management and it would have damaged the credibility of the agile roll-out. Third, the power and attractiveness of the agile movement lies in its values as expressed in the Agile Manifesto and the Declaration of Interdependence.

2010). The IT unit of the future. ] The implications of these changes in emphasis could be significant in terms of mindset and capabilities in and out of IT departments. From a focus on standardization, optimization, and cost control, the focus shifts to innovative uses of emerging technologies such as social media, cloud computing, and mobile devices; speed to market; flexibility to follow changing opportunities; and building new products and services. The re-skilling of IT staff—from technologies to business understanding to managing complex projects—will be critical to making the transition to generating IT value in the future.

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