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The Age of Agile

How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done
Written by: Stephen Denning
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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An unstoppable business revolution is under way - and it is Agile. Companies that embrace Agile Management learn to connect everyone and everything...all the time. They can deliver instant, intimate, frictionless value on a large scale.

Agile began emerging many decades ago, but truly took off in the software development industry. Sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, and speed-to-market, the Agile movement is now spreading quickly throughout all kinds of companies. It enables a team, a unit, or an enterprise to nimbly adapt and upgrade products and services to meet rapidly changing technology and customer needs. And the process is applicable anywhere—companies don’t need to be born Agile, like Spotify. Even centuries-old Barclays is making the transition and reaping rewards.

Filled with examples from every sector, The Age of Agile helps readers:

  • Master the three laws of Agile Management (team, customer, network)
  • Embrace the new mindset
  • Overcome constraints
  • Employ meaningful metrics
  • Make the entire organization Agile
  • And more

With this breakthrough approach, even global giants can learn to act entrepreneurially. Their future depends on it. 

©2018 Stephen Denning (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with AMACOM, a division of American Management Association International, New York.

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  • SB
  • 2019-03-27

Brilliantly written & conceptualized !!

Agile Management is the way forward. The monolithic management era is nearing its end. The faster you adopt agile, the better it is.

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  • CBM
  • 2018-03-05

2 Part Book - The part on Agile is truly Awesome!

Probably the best book about Agile currently available (excluding Mike Beedle’s work). I give the first 7 chapters 10 Stars! The 2nd half of the book is a thinly disguised anti-capitalist rant that is simply unnecessary.

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  • Srikanth Ramanujam
  • 2018-03-06

This is "Radical Management" 2.0

I have been following Steve Denning and his storytelling for a while now. The "Age of Agile" is an updated version of his earlier book from 2010 - "Radical Management". If you haven't read that one, skip it and read this one instead.

As a practicing Agile coach and transformation agent, I can empathize with Steve's views on Agility. Agility is certainly a strong organizational competitive advantage, but it is an answer amongst other things - he does take elements of that on in the second part of the book including moving from shareholder centricity to being client-centric, stock-market manipulations, etc.

One missing piece is innovation, there is an assumption that just being agile could make organizations innovative - though possible, in the complex domain without building an organization that is capable of identifying and nurturing innovation and thinking outside-the-box to build resilience is a missing piece.

A good read for Leaders and Managers, especially to those thinking of "Business Agility" and "Strategic Agility" though I wonder whether the people who would need to imbibe and introduce real change might be put off by his brutal honesty and the complexity of the magnitude of change required to introduce the new reality.

If only organizations would change by reading a $10 book, if only... :-)

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  • Jhan Knebel
  • 2019-04-09

great for c suite

Great for someone new to Agile management. Rudimentary for those with experience. Recommend this to your C suite if you are justifying an Agile shift.

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  • Johannes Klose Andersen
  • 2018-08-07

A must read for people who want a change

It have a lot of interesting points, and have become a reference for a lot of debating about organizations and agile transformation

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  • Luqman
  • 2018-04-16

Paradigm shift worth every minute !

Must read, as every company will become software with the advent of Industry 4 and digital transformation.

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  • Frank from Virginia
  • 2018-03-18

This book devolved into a political treatise

The first half of the book is about agile management and is pretty good. The last half of the book devolves into a LONG diatribe against maximizing shareholder value. This is literally half of the book.

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  • SAMANTHA
  • 2019-06-18

Lackluster feel

I think the message could have been summed up in 2 hours max. And hearing the word “delighted” 100 times is making me want to break something.

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  • Carmen
  • 2019-06-12

Thoughtful- beyond agile

Addressed are more than standard methods and best practices of software dev. It’s a discussion on society and work in general. At times a little preachy, but sure to make you think and question not only what you may do day-to-day, but encourage more systemic considerations of how society can operate effectively and justly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-03

insightful

combining theory concepts and practices, connecting past present and future, amazing toys of vocabulary relevant for the topic

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  • Bernard Akem
  • 2019-01-17

this is a great book

I loved this book, and a transformative book, with lots of information. it is a great way into for Scrum Masters and Agile practitioners.

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  • Damien Thouvenin
  • 2018-09-27

High level overview of agile

An opinionated and strongly argued view of agile as a force for long term greater good.
It’s interesting in that it proposes a principles-based high level view of agile, illustrated by numerous case studies.
It’s also a bit frustrating in that it leaves you to sort out what it is exactly that you can or should do in your company.