My Book on Agile Org Design

Published by Pearson USA in 2015, Agile IT Org Design provides a basis for reviewing and reshaping the operating model of your tech, digital, or product org to make it more effective. 

Recognition from Industry Leaders

Enterprisers Project—a joint initiative of Harvard Business Review and RedHat—featured it as a must-read on the recommendation of John Marcante, CIO of Vanguard—the investment behemoth.

The book was also featured by Digital Leaders with a recommendation from Nick Williams, then-Managing Director, Consumer Digital, Lloyds Banking Group.

Sriram’s “Agile IT Org Design” should have been titled “great answers for your unanswered questions”. I can’t stop citing it. Ricard Vilà, Chief Digital Officer, LATAM Airlines

"adds an important team execution business context for architects"Eben Hewitt, Chief Technology Officer, Sabre Hospitality

"If you follow the advice in this book, your organisation will be the better for it. "—Dave Farley, co-author of the original book on Continuous Delivery 

"we were inspired in part by *your* book "Matthew Skelton, author of the book, Team Topologies

"My book and the knowledge around creating adaptable and agile operating models would not have happened if it wasn’t for Srirams book Agile IT Organization Design. There is a reason that the Team Topologies authors cite it as an inspiration for the team topologies patterns." — Scott Millet, CIO,

Here's  a fuller list of pre-publication endorsements and selected reviews by readers.

Three Key Principles of Agile Org Design

Govern for Value over Predictability

Organize for Responsiveness over Cost-Efficiency

Design for Intrinsic Motivation and Unscripted Collaboration

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Published by Pearson, USA

Chinese Translation

Tsinghua University Press

Korean Translation

Book Launch, London, 2015

ThoughtWorks UK hosted me for a book launch talk in 2015. Here's a video recording.

Book Interview on InfoQ

InfoQ published a wide-ranging interview about the topics in the book. 


We explore tech organization from a structural angle. We discuss how to differentiate between organizational activities and outcomes and form teams accordingly, how to execute streams of work that cut across different product-centric teams and the role of project and program managers in a product-centric operating model. 

Free Sample Chapter

The fifth chapter, Team Design, is available as a free preview.

Chapter 1. Context

Chapter 2. The Agile Credo

Chapter 3. Key Themes

Chapter 4. Superstructure

Chapter 5. Team Design

Chapter 6. Accountability

Chapter 7. Alignment

Chapter 8. Projects

Chapter 9. Finance

Chapter 10. Staffing

Chapter 11. Tooling

Chapter 12. Metrics

Chapter 13. Norms

Chapter 14. Communications

Chapter 15. The Office

Select Reader Reviews

We do not always take the time to write a nice review for stuff we like. Thank you, kind readers. I don't personally know most of you. 

Charles Betz, VP @ Forrester, 2015

Deep. Wide. Credible. Current. All those adjectives apply. In this overview, Sriram Narayan has successfully integrated a wide variety of experience and principle into a comprehensive, Agile-informed discussion of organizational design, particularly in the context of IT delivery. 

jfoster, 2024

I have 26 years experience leading process improvement transformations and 16 years implementing Agile. This book is great! So many people who write “agile” books or try to teach it focus on the history and the mechanics of scrum, this book goes deeper . I highly recommend to all to deepen your knowledge.

Mr P J Mackay, 2017 

Great read, a must for every CIO wanting to reshape their IT organization to support the new world. 

Phil Magrogan

Clearly one of the best books I have read in the past five years ... 

P. Hodgson

This book has the clearest and most applicable advice I've seen on what organizational shifts are needed to make agile really hum, and why. Very accessible and easy to read, but also full of some pretty deep hard-won wisdom on what works and what doesn't. I'll be recommending this to anyone who is looking to really leverage agile processes for their teams or organization. 

Joerg Guenther

Absolutely fantastic; well explained and thought through. Highly recommend it! 


A book I keep returning to, again and again. The principles are set out very clearly, and concepts are developed from those principles very logically, in a gradual crescendo of depth and intellectual thoroughness. If time allows, I suggest giving this book two reads: the first one to understand and appreciate the complexity and multi-faceted nature of the problem at hand (how to design an organization around Agile principles), which are very completely explained, and the second one to extract from the book the aspects that most directly apply to your organization.  


Offers both great clarity and insight into alternative ways of thinking and tackling organisational design and governance.