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Pages: 304

Language: English

Publisher: Addison Wesley; 01 edition (14 Jun. 2015)

By: Sriram Narayan(Author)

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Design IT Organizations for Agility at Scale


Aspiring digital businesses need overall IT agility, not just development team agility. In Agile IT Organization Design, IT management consultant and ThoughtWorks veteran Sriram Narayan shows how to infuse agility throughout your organization. Drawing on more than fifteen years’ experience working with enterprise clients in IT-intensive industries, he introduces an agile approach to “Business–IT Effectiveness” that is as practical as it is valuable.


The author shows how structural, political, operational, and cultural facets of organization design influence overall IT agility—and how you can promote better collaboration across diverse functions, from sales and marketing to product development, and engineering to IT operations. Through real examples, he helps you evaluate and improve organization designs that enhance autonomy, mastery, and purpose: the key ingredients for a highly motivated workforce.


You’ll find “close range” coverage of team design, accountability, alignment, project finance, tooling, metrics, organizational norms, communication, and culture. For each, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of where your organization stands, and clear direction for making improvements. Ready to optimize the performance of your IT organization or digital business? Here are practical solutions for the long term, and for right now.

  • Govern for value over predictability
  • Organize for responsiveness, not lowest cost
  • Clarify accountability for outcomes and for decisions along the way
  • Strengthen the alignment of autonomous teams
  • Move beyond project teams to capability teams
  • Break down tool-induced silos
  • Choose financial practices that are free of harmful side effects
  • Create and retain great teams despite today’s “talent crunch”
  • Reform metrics to promote (not prevent) agility
  • Evolve culture through improvements to structure, practices, and leadership—and careful, deliberate interventions

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  • By Joaquim Cols Sabata on 5 July 2017

    The book provides useful ideas and principles to initiate the journey of agile in any organisation. Enjoyable reading. Highly recommended.

  • By Dimitra on 9 April 2017

    Very good book, explains difficult concepts in a simple way. Have enjoyed it.

  • By Ethar Alali on 21 March 2016

    Agile IT Organisation Design is a good, balanced distillation of some of the current thinking in agile teams and divisional development. It's a good, short read too. Hence, it can fit into a day or two. For me, I don't mind longer books which present much more empirical data, but it's definitely worth a read and good companion if you don't have much spare time. I don't agree with all the content, but those bits I don't agree with are positions held by other people, not the author. So I can't fault the author for presenting that side of the divide, which is necessary for any equitable narrative.

  • By GV on 7 September 2015

    This book is definitely a must-read for those who are interested in scaling up Agile from a practice adopted exclusively by software development groups to a more general way of organizing a full scale IT department or, dare I say, even a business-IT integrated organization set out to develop any kind of product or service, considering the pervasiveness of IT in today's activities.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. For those more in a rush (and maybe already familiar with Agile), a single, quicker and selected read is possible, with -- in my opinion -- special attention to be paid to chapters 5 and 6 (on team organization in the stricter sense), chapters 7 and 8 (on short and long term business-IT alignment), chapter 9 (on how to align the budgeting cycles with an Agile, long-term, value driven organization) and chapter 16 (on a summary of problems/remedies and a suggestion for implementation sequence).I definitely recommend this book.

  • By Guest on 26 October 2016

    Brilliant. Thorough, real and implementable. An indispensable guide.

  • By sue on 12 April 2016

    Offers both great clarity and insight into alternative ways of thinking and tackling organisational design and governance that lag behind the reasonably mature practises of iteratively delivering value - a blueprint for the next evolutionary step of the journey

  • By MilesLynn on 18 February 2016

    Pretty good.

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