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  • A Seat at the Table

  • IT Leadership in the Age of Agility
  • Written by: Mark Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Agile, Lean, and DevOps approaches are radical game changers, providing a fundamentally different way to think about how IT fits into the enterprise, how IT leaders lead, and how IT can harness technology to accomplish the objectives of the enterprise. But honest and open conversations are not taking place between management and Agile delivery teams.

In A Seat at the Table, CIO Mark Schwartz explores the role of IT leadership as it is now and opens the door to reveal IT leadership as it should be - an integral part of the value creation engine. With wit and easy style, Schwartz reveals that the only way to become an Agile IT leader is to be courageous - to throw off the attitude and assumptions that have kept CIOs from taking their rightful seat at the table. CIOs, step on up, your seat at the table is waiting for you.

©2017 Mark Schwartz (P)2017 Mark Schwartz

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A must read for the modern IT leaders

Finally, something worth read/listening to in the field of IT management that dares to contradict the stagnant norms

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  • Thomas Doxtater
  • 2019-04-25

Tantalizing in its vision, but no guidebook

Excellent conceptually, but does not assert enough detail to be actionable at the scale described.

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  • Adrian W. Rich
  • 2018-04-02

Sage, practical, visionary & courageous

If DevOps & Agile transform how developers and engineers think, then what do IT "leaders" bring to this revolution? This book was an articulate treatise on the IT Leader as "Business Leader" in marshaling the true impact and value of DevOps & agile to the business world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-17

Great book for a managers

I think that this book should be read by an any manager, which thinks that he understand how to be agile.

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  • Ignacio Carrasquedo Garcia
  • 2019-02-21

Excelente Libro

Excelente opción, da una explicación muy profunda del paradigma del significado de "Ágile and lean IT" vs los modelos de administración de IT mas comunes.

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  • PTH
  • 2018-11-13

The story of my life

Excellent overview of the evolution of IT over the years. Great presentation style. It put in perspective my experience as a software engineer in the complex relationship with the buisness.

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  • sera
  • 2022-03-30

Must read for IT Leaders

This book should be required reading for all IT leaders. Changing from the waterfall to DevOps takes courage. This book covers a wide range of topics to help transform how you think about IT and how it has been delivered for last 20 years.

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  • Mr.Fu
  • 2021-09-23

Your future you

This book will help you understand what it means to be a leader. Take it for what it is and learn from it. The book to me at times felt dry with the introduction of some information that was not relevant towards me but I'm happy I stuck through it and learned.

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  • Tex the Crow
  • 2021-05-06

Must read for today's technologists!

Great book that touches on many of the problems plaguing information technology practitioners (IT Operations, DevOps, Cybersecurity) as we make that transition into what has become a very tech savvy business environment. Moving towards Agile project management, embracing and collaborating with Shadow IT, and ditching the IT Contractor Control Model are all subjects that are adeptly discussed and solutioned. An overall great book that will change the way we think about our approach to this current "digital" disruption.

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  • Stephan
  • 2021-04-17

Needs more Ops in DevOps

Between the philosophical wanderings, there are a few nuggets in there, but it's a little dry in the middle and there's a handful of contradictions (build instead of buy, unless of course you're referring to cloud infrastructure). Seems to be aimed at leaders in large orgs with established software development teams. If you're in a small or medium org and/or only have operations, it's harder to find anything actionable.

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  • Amy
  • 2020-12-27

Great content slightly overgeneralized

Good read! Hit on some extremely relevant points but also extremely biased toward agile methods.