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The Age of Agile

How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done
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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Not really about agile.

The glosses over agile and spends most of the time lamenting current corporate practices related to strategy and share buybacks. Not what I wanted.

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Agile in part

Some real gems buried amongst the rhetoric... some of the rhetoric was interesting ... some of it just unrelated fill.

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  • CBM
  • 05-03-2018

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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  • Frank from Virginia
  • 18-03-2018

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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  • Johannes Klose Andersen
  • 07-08-2018

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
  • 16-04-2018

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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  • Srikanth Ramanujam
  • 06-03-2018

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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  • Deano
  • 13-03-2019

Ruined by Garbage Economic Theory

The author should have stuck with Agile Management and not veered into Globalist theories on how we need more regulation to solve all the world’s problems.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-2019

insightful

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

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  • Richman Amitai
  • 04-02-2019

First half interesting, second half not relevant

If looking to understand agile development theory the first half is useful. Second half is about distortions in the stock market - which I am already aware of and I agree with - but is not really relevant for a book about agile.

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  • Bernard Akem
  • 17-01-2019

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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  • Charles D Jessup V
  • 03-01-2019

great book except for one part

I really like this book overall. I liked his analogy of agile as a management practice, not just a software development technique. I found his description of the nabc framework to be helpful.

If I would have stopped listening two-thirds of the way through, I would have given this 5 stars, but the last third of the book he goes on a huge rant against CEO compensation, stock options, and share buy backs. It felt very out of place to me and did not fit the rest of the book very well.

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  • Per.E
  • 17-03-2018

Extremely Dogmatic

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The author is extremely dogmatic throughout the entire book which makes it somewhat of a painful listen. Some useful takeaways but I would not recommend this book.

Just to use an example. Making claims like focusing on a small team, customers and the network effect should justify a Nobel Prize in business is equivalent to arguing better eating, more exercise, less stress and focus on sleep would justify the same in medicine. These are not revolutionizing views and have been used in practice well before someone coined the phrase Agile.

While I agree that corporations often fall victim of short term focus, but arguing for outlawing share buybacks because some companies rely on it during the wrong time is quite extreme. Prohibiting companies from buying back shares but allowing them to issue an infinite amount of shares could equally have unfavorable systemic consequences.

The author seems to argue innovation for the sake of innovation which is contrary to the conclusions made by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen in Great by Choice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2019

Thought provoking and timely

A book not just about the process of agile but the philosophy behind and need for the movement. Inspiring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2019

A book of two halves

A slightly odd book - the first 1/3 or 1/2 is on topic you'd expect i.e. all about Agile transformation & Agile mindset. Found it super useful & helped my understanding. But remainder of the book switches to the problem with please shareholders & share price mindset which the author clearly feels strongly about but repeats essentially the same point over & over again (i.e. corporate greed / shareholder mindset BAD, Agile & innovation GOOD).

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  • NAME_NOT_RETURNED
  • 14-12-2018

Very good reading

Very interesting subject, full of examples and context. it's a good starting point to the agile theme.
The only thing to i.prove is that the examples are very specific to the US.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2018

Not about agile

This book is more about the place of agile in the context of the history and its impact and less about practical application of the concept.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-2018

Insightful

As someone with interests in Management i found the book insightful.

It tells about examples which are slowly showing up around the workplace.

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  • Christian Kiernander
  • 04-07-2018

More than sprints etc. This is for business leaders that want to innovate

Wow. This book really surprised me.

Ok, I hadn’t read enough about it to know what to expect before I plunged in. I imagined it would be a dry reminder about the manifesto, sprints, back logs etc.

It wasn’t.

This book is a broad socio economic and business management model critique and analysis. It is surgical in its precise dissection of forces holding back innovation and argues that Agile will become more relevant and disruptive as “software eats the world”. It is not an evangelical pitch for Agile but rather offers a realistic appraisal of the barriers to adoption and how it is doomed to fail in many organisations -that said, the wider point is that many organisations are also doomed to fail…

I didn’t expect to be inspired but I was. This book is as relevant to C -suite and business execs as it is to technical leaders.

I’m an MBA and as you’d expect that means I’ve studied strategy but this book gives one of the best critical appraisals of Michael Porters much lauded five forces I’ve ever read.

I loved the detail about hedge fund activists, stock price manipulation and the insanity of the primacy of share holder value.

I did the audio book at 1.5 speed whilst driving. I’ll be listening to it again because this is full of gems I’d like to more fully absorb. The narration is really good. I might even get the print copy as well because I will want to refer back to sections in this.

In summary, this book should be consumed by any business leader that wants to be relevant in 10 years from now.