If you care about personal, team, and organizational agility, run—don’t walk—to buy Agile Adoption Patterns: A Roadmap to Organizational Success. Author Amr Elssamadisy has a rich background helping companies adopt agile practices. Amr has worked with Thoughtworks and Valtech (where I first met him), and is now a partner with Gemba Systems whose three partners I know, like, trust, and enjoy working with.
Gemba Systems believes strongly that developing products is based in personal interactions. To that end they study and promote Responsibility Redefined™. Indeed, much of the second chapter of Amr’s book is devoted to personal agility a la Responsibility Redefined™. Here’s a snippet from that chapter:
“Self-directed teams aligned to a clear goal are the essence of agile behavior and the engine behind the stunning results that some teams claim for Agile. We believe that individual responsibility, as defined by Avery, is a prerequisite to such agile interactions. That is, responsibility, as defined by the Responsibility Process™ model, is necessary (but not sufficient) for successful Agile software development.” (Page 18, Chapter 2 Personal Agility for Potent Agile Adoption, Agile Adoption Patterns: A Roadmap to Organizational Success)
You can read a sample chapter Amr published at the Agile Journal site.
You can get a free download of an earlier version of this work if you would like to try before you buy.
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