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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-10

This is the CIO manual

if you are the CIO then this must be the goal for your organization. This book really identifies the antagonistic relationship between the business and IT.

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  • IG
  • 2019-08-12

Insightful but a bit repetitive

I can recommend it to Tech leaders since it does highlight a number of misconceptions with regard to leading in the new world of Technology. Agility, not necessarily Agile, being the key takeaway.

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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.