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Agilität neu denken - Warum agile Teams nichts mit Business-Agilität zu tun haben

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Klaus Leopold zeigt in Wort und Illustration, was bei vielen agilen Transformationen falsch läuft und warum die ersehnten Verbesserungen ausbleiben. Sie erfahren aber auch, wie man aus der Sackgasse wieder herauskommt und was Sie mit Hilfe des Flight-Levels-Denkmodells tun können, um erst gar nicht in die Sackgasse einzubiegen und das Ziel »mehr Business-Agilität« doch noch zu erreichen.

In der 2. Auflage finden Sie eine erweiterte und aktualisierte Erklärung des Flight-Levels-Denkmodells. Mit diesem Modell zeigt Klaus Leopold Unternehmen weltweit, wie sie die Fallen der lokalen Optimierung und Skalierungsblaupausen umgehen können und wo sich stattdessen die Hebel für echte, individuelle Business-Agilität verbergen.
So viel Starten Sie nicht mit der Agilisierung von Teams – das spart Nerven und sehr viel Geld!

138 pages, Paperback

Published October 18, 2018

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Profile Image for Raphael Donaire.
Author 1 book31 followers
November 2, 2019
Rethinking Agile is a kind of book that makes you reflect on the real meaning of business agility. If you are facing digital transformation issues like faster competitors, customers complain, or accelerate technology change; you must read this work.

Klaus brought that optimizing elements isolated from one another doesn't create agile organizations. Instead, we need to see an organization on different perspectives (strategy, coordination, and operation) or flight levels as he introduced on the book.

With excellent examples he presented a way of developing system thinking when the business challenge is to reduce time to market.

I would highlight some takeaways:
1. Implementing agile methods is a mean, not the purpose to achieve business agility.
2. Organizational change should start with the company processes, not on organizational structure.
3. Manage and eliminate dependencies are essential in a way to promote business agility.
4. Visualize the whole value stream instead of team workflow will help you understand how fast it’s possible to create solutions for your customers.
5. The outcome is more important than the output, so the organization needs to connect the results with the work in progress.
6. Visualize and optimize the organization's decision process if you want to be agile.
7. Working costs money, delivering makes money.
8. Don’t waste your time estimating something that needs to be done.
9. The first agile team to be established at a transformation process should be upper management.
10. Be lean: make things visible, manage the amount of work in process, create feedback loops routines, and improve the way you work.

I highly recommend this book for directors, managers, agile experts, product managers, and product development teams.
Profile Image for Nathalie Karasek.
140 reviews21 followers
October 31, 2018
Wundervolles kleines Buch! Optisch sehr ansprechend und angenehm zu lesen. Eine case study mit vielen Erklärungen, die auch interessant ist, wenn man die anderen Bücher von Klaus Leopold bereits kennt! :-)
Profile Image for Mario Lucero.
15 reviews4 followers
September 24, 2019
I strongly recommend this book to everyone involved in an Agile (and / or digital) transformation.

You will find many reasons about the fail of transformations such as to take so long time to evaluate business initiatives that the author called Upstream.

Most people is concerned only in the Downstream (or Development) where Scrum can help but without considering the whole big picture or Value Stream Mapping Scrum or Kanban or whatever won't impact in time to market.

Last but not least, the author treat many times with WIP that is a huge challenge for companies. As soon any manager found (or think) a great idea said let's work on it without taking into account the rest of work in process and the capacity of teams.

Profile Image for Rafael Ghossi.
36 reviews
March 14, 2023
Muito interessante a visão do autor sobre Business Agility, e como ser ágil é diferente de só usar “metodologias ágeis”. Principalmente quando ele chama a atenção de que as empresas focam muito em melhorias locais nos times e esquecem de olhar a cadeia inteira de geração de valor na empresa, pra otimizar globalmente.
Profile Image for Leonardo Longo.
135 reviews12 followers
October 8, 2020
A critical book for the ones discussing agile management, praising the usage of words such as sprints, scrum, kanbam and all other "agile therms checklist". It shows the problems in companies when agility is the responsability of the operations teams and points a series of practical solutions in different "flight levels".
Profile Image for Wesley Zapellini.
6 reviews3 followers
March 3, 2020
A very light and pragmatic approach into organizing work at different levels in organizations.

However, the text inside illustrations in the kindle version are sometimes hard to read.

All in all, a great work from Klaus!
32 reviews1 follower
April 22, 2021
A good and simple read, with clear messages. Focuses on bringing Kanban practices to drive Business Agility. The whole story focuses around a case study, which makes it more real. Spend 3 evenings to read it, it will be time well invested.
February 5, 2022
It reminded me of some ideas I might have been forgetting lately. If you’re new to the subject I would recommend reading this book.
Profile Image for Jordana Simon.
Author 3 books4 followers
November 24, 2022
Todo está dicho en el título, no solo el desarrollo tiene que ser ágil sino que desde la ideación. El proceso en su totalidad.
Profile Image for Toni Tassani.
165 reviews11 followers
November 2, 2019
Beautiful pictures and design decorate a PDF book (the one I bought in Leanpub) that talks about Kanban without talking about Kanban. Klaus has been talking about his brilliant metaphor of Flight Levels for a while and now his thoughts are in a book.
Business Agility and thinking at a higher level than teams is the topic, and he manages to introduce concepts like Pull, Flow Efficiency and Little's Law in an easy way. Visualise, Limit WIP, Feedback Loops.
The story about the hero that came to rescue the company that was doing it wrong did not work for me.
Profile Image for Niklas Heer.
77 reviews9 followers
December 14, 2020
This book is relatively short but contains so many good ideas and insights.
I can highly recommend this book to everyone involved or interested in agile working environments.
November 7, 2019
A nice case study about being agile on the right places of the company. The reading is easy and fast, and the ideas presented make much sense in practice. Mind, though, not to copy the case to your own company, ignoring the context. The author himself tells you not to do such a thing. Instead, try to understand the rationale behind the solution presented and check if the principles apply to your context.
I just missed some numbers and sincere appointments of limitations and mistakes the author occasionally made while running the process described in the case. These would bring much more credibility to the book.
Profile Image for Bruno.
13 reviews4 followers
December 31, 2018
Leicht verdauliche, angenehm kurze aber dennoch gehaltvolle Darstellung, warum Agilität auf Team oder Umsetzungs-Ebene meist nicht ausreicht - nebst anschaulichen Ansätzen, was zu tun ist, um Agilität auch auf anderen Ebenen (Flight-Level) zu erreichen.
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72 reviews25 followers
December 31, 2022
I really liked it in the first reading.

Now, re-reading for comprehensive note-taking, I'm giving it 5*
Profile Image for Balthasar.
2 reviews
May 11, 2020
Ich habe das Buch gelesen, weil es mir von einem Scrum-Master als sehr lesenswert empfohlen wurde. Das im Selbstverlag des Autors herausgegebene und in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzte Buch enthält leider nichts neues. Oberflächliche Dinge werden in einem typischen selbstbeweihräuchernden Werbestil eines Consultants beschrieben, der halt seinen nächsten Gig verkaufen will.

Die Geschichte ist aufgebaut, dass eine Firma bereits zahlreiche Consultants bezahlt hat für einen grösseren Umbauprozess der IT-Abteilung, der halt leider nicht funktioniert, wie erwünscht. Der Held wird dazu gerufen und erkennt die Probleme sofort (selbstverständlich). Kein Wunder. Die vorhergehenden Consultants haben halt einfach Mist gebaut, wie rasch sogar Laien erkennen würden:
Oh Wunder, wenn man nicht den ganzen Teil der Wertschöpfungskette berücksichtigt sondern nur einen kleinen Ausschnitt daraus, stellt sich kein überragender Erfolg ein. Komplette Überraschung. :-)

Nebenbei aufgefallen: es sind an einigen Stellen Fremdwörter eingebaut (keine Spoilers hier), die wohl Fachkompetenz darstellen sollen. Die Begriffe treffen die zu beschreibenden Ideen jedoch nicht genau, wie wenn der Autor die Begriffe halt nicht genau kennen würde. Auf tiefergehende Erklärungen hofft man eh vergebens.

Man kann nur hoffen, dass Firmen nicht die erstbeschriebenen Consultants beschäftigten, dass sie dann auf solche Heldentaten angewiesen sind. Man muss hoffen, dass Leser nicht grundlegendste neue Einsichten in diesem Buch sehen. In diesen Settings arbeitenden Personen, die grundlegend neues in diesem Buch erkennen, fehlen schlichtweg wesentliche Grundlagen zur professionellen Arbeit in diesem Bereich.

Nebst den Abbildungen (was üblich ist) wird auch für den Text selbst eine Drittperson genannt. Die Frage stellt sich am Schluss, wie viel vom ganzen Buch stammt wirklich vom Autor selbst und wie viel von seinen Mitarbeiterinnen. Doch das ist nochmals eine andere Geschichte. Positiver Punkt: Das Buch war zum Glück nicht überrissen teuer.

Hinweis: Mit diesem Review wird nur dieses Buch bewertet, das deutlich zu oberflächlich und nicht weiterführend ist. Es wird keine Aussage gemacht über die eigentliche Consulting-Tätigkeit des Autors, die wahrscheinlich sicher vorzüglich ist.
Profile Image for Breno Ferreira.
94 reviews
March 2, 2023
Short and concise. I think it can be a good read after Inspired, by Marty Cagan. While Cagan's book provides more advice for product management, here Leopold provides more practical advice for the people in the broader areas of product development.
Both books touch on the core of whole Agile™ dilemma of the 2020s: software development team agility (aka Extreme Programming techniques such as automated testing, continuous integration, pair programming, retros, etc.) is just a tiny fraction of what Agility really is. Business agility is the real objective, though it is the hardest part of agility, since it requires deep changes in the organization, from financial planning to strategic thinking. Without that, you basically end up being part of the sea of complaints you see in online forums about "Agile is dead".
Profile Image for Renato Willi.
83 reviews6 followers
November 28, 2020
Although the book has pertinent concepts and ideas, I found it too abstract in terms on how to land the concepts, what are the results and where has them been proved to work.

There’s a high level narrative of just one case of business agility, and the shown results are not conclusive.

The flight level part is very theoretical and I couldn’t see how to implement it through the audiobook.

It seems to be all the time criticizing agile transformation approaches but his own approach relativized everything, leaving people without a clear path.

I liked the concepts, but I wish I had seen more practical examples, more cases and more conclusive evidences of his approach.
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56 reviews2 followers
November 10, 2020
Why did our Agile initiative come to a grinding halt ? Why is the velocity tapering off ? Where are the promises of the Agile movement ? Read on and you might find the answers here.
Language is to the point and not repetitive, for those working in large lumbering giants will find a lot relevant here, while getting some tried suggestions to unearth, expose and fix problems with agile initiative to finally deliver the promise of speed.
Profile Image for Paulo Saraiva.
13 reviews1 follower
December 31, 2020
This is probably the best book you will read on the challenges of Agile adoption and scalation from a business perspective and from a local department perspective in any organization.

It addresses what really matters, what usually goes wrong and how to overcome the roadblocks on the journey.

"Business Agility has nothing to do with Agile Teams."
Profile Image for Esther.
69 reviews1 follower
May 25, 2023
A great book to understand agility in business and its pitfalls. I was pleasantly surprised by its depth and honesty - not everything works for everyone. I must say I have not understood the whole theory but I think most of it will be understanding the process in real life. Curious how that will play out in reality.
Profile Image for Marco.
25 reviews10 followers
January 16, 2020
Man merkt dem Autor den starken Bezug zu Kanban an, was allerdings nicht abträglich ist. Sehr bildhaft Agilität in einem Unternehmen erklärt und wie man dort hinkommen kann. Für erfahrene Agilisten ist die Einführung sehr einfach gehalten, aber die folgenden Kapitel ziehen dann inhaltlich an.
August 17, 2020
Co-creando dinámicas propias

Una adaptación muy simple de agilidad a las vivencias reales de un caso particular que nos invita a no seguir modelos al pie de la letra sino a ir co-creando dinámicas propias.
Profile Image for Craig.
1 review
February 27, 2021
Klaus brings up great points of how team’s agility does not equal business agility (among other good points). The book focuses on a case study of a business.

I would give the content 4 stars, the editing brings it down to 3.
July 22, 2021
Great explanation about how to surface (and act on) dependencies between teams. Also, a cool guide to using to manage initiatives and investments combined with OKRs. I love how Mr. Leopold explain the beauty of limiting WIP.
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842 reviews14 followers
September 21, 2021
So simple yet so insightful. A quick read with wonderful illustrations and much profound advice. My best nugget? "To make your business more agile, step one is to start at the top: the first agile team to be established should be upper management."
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41 reviews2 followers
February 5, 2022
Além da leitura fiz o treinamento da k21 e achei excelente. Se vc acha que a comunicação e a organização do trabalho estão atrapalhando a entrega de valor na sua empresa esse livro vai te ajudar a resolver isso.
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113 reviews3 followers
July 3, 2022
Expands the view of the agile coach from the development team towards the other parts of the organisation. Short but also a bit superficial, as the book tries to be agnostic of frameworks and concrete agile implementations and tries to cover it all, which only works on a very superficial level.
Profile Image for Dayiris.
62 reviews1 follower
October 8, 2022
Me resonó muchísimo el contenido de este libro. Muchas cosas que ocurren usualmente en nuestras empresas en donde no se tiene un real conocimiento de qué es y cómo se aplica la agilidad organizacional en las empresas.
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