This short book encourages us to recognise leadership and digital opportunities all through our organisations. Mike takes Tom Loosemore's definition of Digital: "Applying the culture, processes, business models & technologies of the internet era to respond to people's raised expectations", helpfully quoted in the introduction. It's hard to think of aspects of work that are not yet open to new opportunities from Digital.
The book surveys current thinking on lean, agile, 21st-century leadership, organisation design and strategy and encourages us to strive for wholehearted engagement across our entire organisation in its mission and development. Like a guide book to the territory of Digital Leadership, Mike points out what you might miss if you take a "practices and process" perspective the topics, and prompts us to deeper insight into the opportunities in our own work with questions to reflect on at the end of each chapter.
If you are already familiar Lean and Agile ways of working then you have the option to take a hint from the title, and read the chapters in reverse order. Mike builds up to his (chapter 6) Upside Down and (chapter 5) Outside In models for our organisations, and show us the breadth the lean-agile landscape from his perspective. Outside In is a very practical chapter that proposes a helpful agenda for Service Delivery Reviews (familiar to Kanban Method followers and others), and a Strategy Review workshop format for collaboratively developing and refining strategy.
The Strategy Review workshop will fit very well alongside the workshops from Mike's previous book, Agendashift, and I'm looking forward to using it in my work.
Mike has a knack for understanding the core of the ideas in a field and the ability to link them together in a way that makes them understandable and relevant to people that they affect.
This book takes in Lean, Agile, Organisation Design and Engagement Models, Systems and Complexity Science, Service Design and more. These topics can be large books themselves, Mike explains them and shows how they fit together with a strong User Focused metaphor, caring about the outcomes of the work.
This book regularly spans the gap between the ideas and practical workshops and exercises. It's also fully referenced and points the direction towards further learning.
Just been reading and quoting this book. I am an agile coach and this is the book I want to give to my clients. It's clear, concise and covers all the main points of Lean and Agile. I love the references and the kindle version has the hyperlinks. Well done Mike it's a great book. And one I will be handing out.
At a time when more and more organisations are trying to benefit from greater agility through well known methods such as Agile, Lean and Kanban, Mike's book proves a worthwhile read.
The author reminds us that there are fundamentals that those involved in this work should consider first, notably and most importantly the outcomes. Only from there should we focus on the frameworks, processes, tools and such like.
The book covers a number of broad subjects such as organisational design, Agile, Lean, Kanban and engagement models to name a few and puts them into context and relevance, providing great definitions along the way.
It flows (no pun intended) well, and neatly brings the ideas together from one chapter to the next, with thought-provoking reflections at the end of each chapter. Ideal for any reader intending to put the ideas into practice.
With many very useful references to revisit, this is a great addition to my Kindle library.