"Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World" - General Stanley McChrystal


Review and Notes

Really good book on the change in management approach that we need to put in place to become a more resilient and agile organization - beyond team agility to organization agility. Or to quote General McChrystal “Teams can bring a measure of adaptability to previously rigid organizations. But these performance improvements have a ceiling as long as adaptable traits are limited to the team level.”

I recommend this to executives especially who are trying to understand how they and the overall organization will need to change in order to become the organization they want it to be. This book covers the move in approach from the “scientific management” / “reductionist” and “command and control” view of managing an organization to one based on “common purpose” / “extreme transparency” and “de-centralized decision making”. “The role of the senior leader was no longer that of controlling puppet master, but rather that of an empathetic crafter of culture.”

If you are familiar with the agile approach to management the book will cover a lot of ideas that will seem very familiar to you. The benefit of this work is that presents these concepts from an organizational / enterprise level.

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reading_list, 2016/06/06 18:31 (Trackback)
Reading List On-going continuous learning :-). Once you start on Agile there is no end of learning! See Video List for video version of this. Current * 2016-01-05: "Management 3.0" - Jurgen Appelo Hopper * "Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction" by Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner * "Designing Organizations: Strategy, Structure, and Process at the Business Unit and Enterprise Levels" by Jay R. Galbraith *
recommended_reading, 2016/06/06 18:35 (Trackback)
Recommended Reading List of books that I have found useful as I work with people and try to understand how to improve my effectiveness. Additional books (and limited information on them) is at Reading List The Basics Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide - Kenneth Rubin. Probably the best book on ensuring your team(s) are successful using the basic Scrum framework. Covers all the basic practices, ceremonies and artifacts and offers real advice based on real world experience. Also covers relevan…
books_to_read, 2017/12/12 14:46 (Trackback)
Books To Read Title Author Subject Audience Comments Readability "Accelerate - Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World" John Kotter Transformation; Change Management Medium "The Rollout: A Novel about Leadership and Building a Lean-Agile Enterprise with SAFe" Alex Yakyma Transformation Management High "Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban" Andrew Stellman; Jennifer Greene
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