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How to Change the World: Change Management 3.0 [Kindle Edition]

Jurgen Appelo
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How do I deal with my crappy organization? I like my work but I don’t like what our management is doing. How do I deal with it? Well, that’s easy. You have three options:

1. Ignore it. Changing organizations is hard work. If you don’t have the stamina to learn how to be a good change agent, then stop complaining about what’s bad. Accept that the organization is what it is, and enjoy the good parts of your work.

2. Quit your job. The only reason there are bad organizations is that people don’t quit their jobs. Do the world a favor and find a better place to work. Help bad organizations out of their misery by not working for them.

3. Learn about change management. Most people are terrible at influencing other people and changing organizations. But, if you’re serious about it, you can learn how to be a more effective change agent.

It’s take it, leave it, or change it...

This book is for those who choose option 3.

About the Author

Jurgen Appelo is a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, developer, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, and… Dutch guy. Since 2008 Jurgen writes a popular blog at, that covers topics including Agile management, software engineering, business improvement, personal development, and complexity theory. He is the author of the book Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders, which describes the role of the manager in Agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes his new supermodel for change management. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world. Jurgen is co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network (for Agile & Lean thinkers and practitioners in Europe) and the Stoos Network (focusing on change agents for organizational transformation). After studying Software Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and earning his Master’s degree in 1994, Jurgen Appelo has busied himself starting up and leading a variety of Dutch businesses, always in the position of team leader, manager, or executive. Jurgen has experience in leading a horde of 100 software developers, development managers, project managers, business consultants, quality managers, service managers, and kangaroos, some of which he hired accidentally. Nowadays he works full-time developing innovative courseware, books, and other types of original content. But sometimes Jurgen puts it all aside to do some programming himself, or to spend time on his ever-growing collection of science fiction and fantasy literature, which he stacks in a self-designed book case. It is 4 meters high. Jurgen lives in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) -- and in Brussels (Belgium) -- with his partner Raoul. He has two kids, and an imaginary hamster called George.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2038 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9081905112
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jojo Ventures BV (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZT2KES
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #294,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.7 out of 5 stars
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Jurgen Appelo has a refreshing and entertaining way of writing that makes this a light and fun read. In my opinion though the book is a bit lightweight, and is probably not going to change the world. He references the book 'Influencer - the Power to Change Anything' several times in his own book, and I would say that this would be a much better investment for your money. Sorry Jurgen. I like your style tho.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do you really want to change the world? 8 Oct. 2012
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This is a small book (70 pages) which is well-written, fun, and easy to read. The core of the book is a combination of a number of ideas into a superidea, or as the author calls it, a supermodel. There are a few words of wisdom but overall I think the supermodel becomes too much of an intellectual construct. If you really are interested in changing the world I would point you in the direction of large group methods, such as Open Space Technology, Future Search, and World Café.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and to the point 13 Mar. 2014
By W. Boon
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This is a great little book. Jurgen has summarised an approach - taken from all the current and existing thinking - to make change your organisation. It's not long and doesn't wander off track. An easy read but one which you'll find yourself going back to often to "find the right way".
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1.0 out of 5 stars Light Reading 9 May 2014
By developer spot - Published on
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It is a fun light read but is light on concrete examples and too abstract. I cannot recommend investing the money or the hour to read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brief Guide 12 July 2014
By M. Sorensen - Published on
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Very helpful and concise.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer for Learning About the Process of Change 15 Jun. 2014
By Tom G - Published on
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Ten years ago the practices and awareness of the skills necessary to ‘change’ successfully were little known but definitely were in use. If you need to influence others and know little about change management, organizational transformation, or some of the other buzz words involved with the process of change than this book would be a good place to start. It is a very short read, more of a primer actually, but it does introduce several basic change concepts along with recommendations for further learning. Think of this book as a flashing sign alerting and steering you toward the knowledge of change. For that purpose, I given Jurgen Appelo high marks. If you are already involved in the change process and aware of terms such as ADKAR, Adoption Curve, or the PDCA model you likely will get little more than an understanding of the author’s personal journey through failures to his current role as a successful change agent.
3.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to an effective road for sustainable change 28 April 2014
By H.J. van der Klis - Published on
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Jurgen Appelo wrote this 90 pages booklet as a little guide for change managers. In How to Change the World – Change management 3.0 he mixes a couple of methods as models as a fresh mojito to his audience. Digging from his own experience as serial entrepreneur (failing for 15 years and finally successful) and social network meetings like the Stoos Network (January 2012), and the Agile Lean Europe Network, the guide is meant to tickle your brains to take small steps and make changes doable. The good-old Plan-Do-Check-Act model (a.k.a. Deming Cycle), Adoption Curve (a.k.a. Diffusion of Innovations), five environmental factors (information, identity, incentives, infrastructure and institutions), and a series of mind-benders (ability, knowledge, desire, awareness, reinforcement) make up Appelo’s Change Management 3.0 tookit. Like good innovations, Jurgen recommends to improve the good ideas and adapt then to your needs. Richly illustrated (Appelo himiself is a gifted illustrator) with both pictures and drawings, one-liners and quotes from modern management book authors, the book may serve as an imitating rite to digg further in text books, apply learnings in your organization and next changes. Don’t forget to inspect & adapt, share your experiences.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great 2 Nov. 2013
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This book is great. I recommended it totally. Very simple to understand and read. Clearly ideas, nice examples and methods.
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