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Agile, a Manager’s Guide

Unlocking Business Value Using Scrum

Language:  English
Know why agile is an excellent choice to create value for your organization. Understand the fundamentals of agile, make informed decisions, building agility and scale.
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This book is a practical guide to value creation using Agile (the sequel will introduce you to the Scrum agile method).The books will help you understand the fundamentals of agile and to help you make informed decisions about agile and business agility. Written to prepare managers for the fundamental organizational and cultural shifts that accompany the decision to make your organization more agile, as agile also means a cultural and behavioral shift! This is the most fundamental lesson organizational leaders and managers need to get – and I really mean, get!

About the Author

Johann focuses on digital transformation, business agility, service management, governance, and cybersecurity.The official EXIN Agile Scrum Master and Product Owner book and a dozen other books were authored or co-authored by him. He is a Lead Author of VeriSM™ and Architect of the Agile ADapT™ digital transformation method. Johann cut his teeth in the IT industry in the mid-'80s, holding leadership positions in organizations the following two decades before focusing on consulting and teaching. He lectures part-time at Nelson Mandela University.He received an itSMF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and was selected a Top-25 Industry Though-Leader by HDI in 2021.

  • Author Bio
  • Foreword
  1. What is Agile?
    1. Agile as a value delivery approach (Agile with a big ‘A’)
    2. Origins
    3. Agile as a way of thinking and acting (agile with a small ‘a’)
  2. Making a case for Agile
    1. Exploring reality with a simple example
    2. Questions to the business
  3. Critical Success Factors for getting Agile right
    1. Leadership and behavior, culture, ethics, and trust
    2. Low-trust
    3. High-trust
    4. Agile and its impact on organizational structure
  4. A very quick look at a typical Agile Method (Scrum)
    1. The basics of Scrum
    2. Scrum Values
  5. The Three Scrum Accountabilities
    1. The Product Owner
    2. Developers
    3. Scrum Master
  6. The Five Scrum Events
    1. Why are events important
    2. Sprint Planning
    3. The Daily Scrum
    4. The Sprint Review
    5. The Sprint Retrospective
    6. The Sprint itself
  7. Three Artefacts and associated commitments
    1. The Product Backlog and the Product Goal
    2. Sprint Backlog and the Sprint Goal
    3. Increments and the Definition of Done
  8. How do the theory help you – the manager?
  9. Scrum in complex environments
    1. Portfolio Planning
    2. Envisioning your Products
  10. Conclusion
  • Endnotes
About the Author

Johann Botha