Agile IT Organization Design tackles all the problems that we just want to ignore. Relying heavily on hands-on experience, rather than theoretical exercises, Sriram provides concrete actions that address the issues with Agile software development and continuous delivery at a structural and organizational level. He addresses issues of finance, accountability, and metrics, not just team structure and team processes clearly and with many examples and scenarios to help understand how these issues manifest and how the proposed steps work to resolve the issues.
Organizational transformations to Agile often fail, not because the individual processes and practices break down, but because the organization itself, its power structure, its organizational norms, and its culture fight against the gains that Agile has the potential to bring. Sriram focuses our attention on the systemic problems, but then provides action steps to allow us to address these problems in our context. This book presents no silver bullet, as those don’t exist. However, Sriram provides for organizations a way to start facing reality and moving towards an organization that supports not only Agile software development but organizational and business agility.
—Rebecca Parsons, Director at Agile Alliance & CTO, ThoughtWorks
Continuous Delivery is often described from the perspective of the technicians. This is understandable, because that is where it started, but it does the process a disservice. Continuous Delivery is a holistic approach. It requires change across the organisation and it encourages such change, to the betterment of the groups that practice it. This book addresses that problem and looks at CD from an organisational perspective. It starts from Dan Pink’s ideas of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators and describes how to structure an organisation for success. How to encourage a focus on Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose that will motivate your teams and produce high-quality results. This book takes a look at all aspects of organisational design that impact on its ability to deliver regular, small, high-quality changes. If you follow the advice in this book, your organisation will be the better for it.
—Dave Farley, author of Continuous Delivery
A number of years ago, Silicon Valley marketing guru Geoffrey Moore quipped, “A bank is just a computer with a marketing department.” Today, technologies—cloud, social, big data, the Internet of Things, mobile—continue to drive this unprecedented digital transformation in organizations. As such, the need for agility has moved from software development to corporate boardrooms.
Sriram’s book makes the case that to thrive in these fast and uncertain times, enterprise leaders need to rethink how IT, not just software development, is organized, structured, and measured. His book provides guidelines, not prescriptions, which enable innovation, adaptability, and responsiveness at scale.
—Jim Highsmith, Executive Consultant, ThoughtWorks Author of Adaptive Leadership
Sriram has pulled off an audacious attempt at a unified theory of IT. Led me through the incredible range of issues that I recognize, slotting each one into context and building a vision of how things can and should be. If you want to be elevated above the trenches of Agile & DevOps to get a better view of where they fit in the digital world that includes sales, finance, governance, resourcing, delivery & most importantly people then read this book. A compelling read that I’m already referring back to.
—Duncan Freke, Development Director, thetrainline.com
Organizational structure is a key enabler for a company to achieve its raison d'ê·tre. This books lays out the rationale for organizing IT organizations around the Agile software development concepts. It provides practical guidance on wide-ranging success factors including tangible org elements such as structure, team design and accountability, and intangible cultural elements such as alignments and norms. These concepts will certainly help IT companies turn the tide on huge cost and time overruns that are typical on large IT projects.
—Paul Kagoo, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co.
The field of Agile is an evolving moving target and there is little in terms of guidance for managers and staff that are trying to implement it within an enterprise context. This book provides a complete guide to all of the organizational aspects of implementing agile within the enterprise context as well as providing extremely useful examples and cogent advice. I would recommend this book to anyone with a general interest in agile through to senior managers looking to re-energize their enterprise organizations using the principles and practices of agile.
—Ken Robson, Global Head of Trading Technology at Danske Bank
Agile and Continuous Delivery transformations require changes in Technology, Process, and People. This book is the first to tackle the People aspect in-depth, and does it very well. A must read for those taking the journey!
—Anders Wallgren, CTO, Electric Cloud
Adopting agile software development practices is not just an IT change it is a organization wide change. Sriram goes through every aspect of what this means to an organization and gives options for how to bring changes in, include hard-to-change areas like project funding. This book is thought provoking, an easy read and includes great examples.
—Jeff Nicholas, Director, PB & WM IT Digital Banking APAC, Credit Suisse
Sriram’s book addresses the rarely approached topic of Agile Organization Design in a very pragmatic and thorough manner. It does a great job in explaining the value brought by Agile and DevOps approaches in enterprise-scale organizations, and gives strong details on the « how » to get there. It also paints a very practical picture on how the different processes of the company (Budgeting, Staffing, Metrics, etc.) will be affected by the Agile organizational choices. I see it as the perfect companion book for a large-scale Agile Transformation effort.
—Regis Allegre, VP Software Engineering, Cloudwatt
Sriram covers everything the Scrum coach didn't tell you. Most books on Agile stop at a team and project level, and that's exactly where the organizations tend to get lost in the real world of pre-existing organization structures and procedures—which in turn become blockers to achieving ultimate business agility. If you ever wonder why your attempt at Agile is floundering, this is one book where you’ll find some answers for sure.
—Puneet Kataria, Vice President Global Sales, Kayako
I found it to be well organized with an in-depth knowledge of challenges that IT organizations face and providing possible ways to address those challenges. Moreover, it was eminently readable and I found myself readily recognizing the problems described within. It may seem odd to describe a business-oriented book as such, but I found this to be an enjoyable read!
—Randy R. Gore, Program Manager, IBM
This book is for anyone who’s looking for clear and focused guidance in the pursuit of modern product delivery. Any transformational leader will find this book a great tool providing answers to many of the problems of agile transformation at scale. A great jump start for those looking to improve their effectiveness and responsiveness to business. Sriram’s book recognises that people leadership is the DNA of any agile transformation.
—Marcus Campbell, Delivery Director, Semantico.
Very hands-on and operational book for management of Agile based development. Provides valuable insight for IT practitioners. A must read for IT professionals.
—A.V. Sridhar, Founder, President & CEO Digite, Inc.
Sriram makes a convincing case that digital transformation efforts need IT agility. He also does a great job of explaining how IT agility is more than just engineering and process. This book is a valuable read for those on the Digital transformation journey.
—Shashank Saxena, Director, Digital and eCommerce Technology, The Kroger Co.
Entrepreneurial organizations thrive on continuously adding value, rapidly innovating, and staying close to their customers. Similarly, agile software development emphasizes continuous incremental improvements, quick response to change, and close collaboration... Sriram makes a compelling case for agile design of IT organizations in large enterprises. He goes well beyond describing how an IT organization can adopt agile development methodologies, to explain how any successful digital transformation within a large enterprise must encompass strategy alignment, project portfolios, IT staffing, budgeting and more. This book is a great read for those who want a digital transformation to have impact both within and beyond their enterprise IT organization.
—Ron Pankiewicz, Technology Director, VillageReach
As enterprises try to ramp up their Digital Transformation initiatives, there will be an ever increasing need for better collaboration between IT and Business. New org. structures will fuel this collaboration. Sriram’s book is a timely elaboration of the importance of org. structures for the success of digital initiatives large and small.
—Dinesh Tantri, Digital Strategist, @dineshtantri
Outcomes matter in an increasingly "winner takes all" digital arena. A true digital transformation undertaking, driven by the need to build competitive advantage, is marked by an increase in responsiveness, insights, and engagement, not just cost-effectiveness. IT organization is a key partner in this transformation but seldom structured to succeed in most enterprises. This book makes a case for how IT organization needs to be weaved within outcome-based teams, not activity-based, to drive agility and competitive advantage. In general, organizational design is very expensive to engineer in real world situations but this book takes on this tough problem by providing some frameworks and considerations for the reader to evaluate the validity of outcome-based structure in their organization.
—Vijay Iyer, Sr. Product Manager, NetApp
Agile IT Organization Design is an engaging, enlightening and an immensely practical book. While many authors have addressed Agile software development, very few have tackled the wider topic of the more systemic changes necessary to move from Agile software to an Agile organization, and onwards to “digital transformation”. Even fewer have done so at more than a very theoretical level. Drawing heavily upon his substantial practical experience.
Sriram explores the pitfalls of many of our current “organizational wisdoms” and gently but convincingly suggests appropriate and relevant alternatives to try in their place: all the time backed up by real world examples. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in, or struggling with, the challenges and opportunities of achieving organizational agility.
—Chris Murphy, President & Chief Strategy Officer, ThoughtWorks
Businesses today are discovering that if they are to build 'digital first' experiences for their customers, they need to rethink how their product, marketing and technology teams work together. Sriram's book pulls aside the curtain to reveal that the best kept secrets of the world's top performing digital organizations are actually very accessible to all. It serves as a pattern language for management of the modern digital enterprise.
—Adam Monago, VP Digital Strategy, ThoughtWorks, @adammonago
Agility is so much more than stand-ups and Test Driven Development. Even the best practices won't yield results unless backed by the right leadership. Sriram's book is an important contribution to the all-too-bare bookshelf on leadership of IT organizations. He mixes theory and practical insights in the right measures and the result is as readable as it is full of usable insights.
—Nagarjun Kandukuru, VP Global South Strategy, ThoughtWorks
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