Who Should Read It
We’ve written this book for three groups of people:
- Business leaders. This book provides a vision for the organizations behaviors required to succeed in today’s marketplace. Although a significant focus is on IT, we must also streamline business operations, governance, procurement, human resources (HR), and other aspects of your organization to be competitive.
- IT leaders. For these people, this book answers fundamental questions such as: How can we streamline all of IT? How does it all fit together? How can agile and lean strategies be applied to all aspects of IT, not just software development? How do we deal with other complexities such as compliance, vendor management, budgeting, and offshoring? How can we improve each aspect of IT in parallel yet still collaborate effectively?
- Big-picture agilists. This is anyone with the desire to understand how agile truly works in enterprise-class settings, who recognize that we need to look beyond agile software development if we’re going to succeed in today’s marketplace.
This book is for people with the courage to look at the bigger picture, because frankly the big picture tends to be very ugly in practice. It’s for people willing to consider all aspects of their organization and who realize that IT is a key enabler of business agility. It’s for people who realize that context counts, that everyone faces a unique situation and will be agile in their own unique way, that one process does not fit all. It’s for people who realize that, although they are in a unique situation, others have faced similar situations before and have figured out a variety of strategies that you can adopt and tailor – you can reuse the process learnings of others and thereby invest your energies into adding critical business value to your organization.