Evan's book reviews

I read a lot - not all of it related to agile or business management, but enough. Below are some of the important books that have shaped my thinking (and writing). Not all of them a great (as you can see from my ranking), but they all contain some interesting ideas. This group of reviews will focus on those books that relate to lean practices.…

Budget Games

I came across Budget Games a couple of years ago while I was looking for case studies of organisations that have applied agile practices, mindsets and culture outside the usual domain of software development. I made a note to write a blog about it but somehow never got around it it. But serendipity exists - and I found myself at a conference, sitting next to Laura Richardson. It took me a few more months, but I got the opportunity to ask her a few questions about Budget Games.…

Synergistic Agile Business Governance - Lean Paradigming of the New Metamanagement Systematocracy

I might be a little presumptuous, but I think agile won the software delivery wars. I acknowledge my own confirmation bias, but I believe agile is no longer the fringe framework. I see agile delivery in almost every company around the world (whether they do it well is an entirely other question). But there has been a cost. Everyone wants a piece of the agile pie. And it's a tasty pie - billions of dollars annually.…

Are there too many meetings in Agile?

A few months ago I was asked the following question, and wanted to share my thoughts. "Sometimes there are too many meetings and our developers find it difficult to be really focussed and do justice to development activities. Are there any inputs you could give to improve such an environment? We're thinking of something like; no meetings Fridays or limit meetings to 2 hrs a day."…

Evan's book reviews

I read a lot - not all of it related to agile or business management, but enough. Below are some of the important books that have shaped my thinking (and writing). Not all of them a great (as you can see from my ranking), but they all contain some interesting ideas. This group of reviews will focus on those books that relate to supporting business practices.…

Personal Authority vs Institutional Authority

I believe we have entered a new business era - a time of leaders rather than managers. There is a lot of information available on how to be a leader (servant leadership, agile business management, etc etc etc), but much of it is focused on being better boss. Don't get me wrong - this is fantastic - it can't come soon enough. But not all of us are bosses. How can you be a leader if you don't have anyone to lead?…