Agile IT Organization Design: For Digital Transformation and Continuous Delivery
In order to scale Agile, it is not enough to just replicate development practices and techniques across teams. We also need to review organization structure and management controls to see if they are in tune with what is needed for responsive IT. Unless we do so, overall IT performance is unlikely to improve. This highly recommended book provides a basis for reviewing and reshaping the IT organization to equip it better for the digital age.
Author Sriram Narayan, an IT management consultant and ThoughtWorks veteran, shows how structural, political, operational, and cultural facets of organization design influence overall IT agility—and how you can promote better collaboration across diverse functions, from sales and marketing to product development, and engineering to IT operations. Through real examples, he helps you evaluate and improve organization designs that enhance autonomy, mastery, and purpose: the key ingredients for a highly motivated workforce.
You’ll find “close range” coverage of team design, accountability, alignment, project finance, tooling, metrics, organizational norms, communication, and culture. For each, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of where your organization stands, and clear direction for making improvements.
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Since its launch, the book has gained industry attention. For example, Vanguard's CIO recommended it to the top of a must-read list and the Managing Director of Consumer Digital at Lloyds's Bank included it in a digital leaders list. InfoQ interviewed Sriram about the book.
Sriram continues to share his insights as he helps clients with digital agility. He described the business-capability-aligned organization as an alternative to the traditional project-centric model. This approach is now recommended by Martin Fowler as a better alternative to bimodal or two-speed IT. Do check out the book’s companion web site for his latest posts.