A Tale of Two Transformations: Bringing Lean and Agile by Michael K. Levine

By Michael K. Levine

There are many books that search to provide an explanation for Lean and Agile software program that supply thought, thoughts, and examples. Michael Levine’s first e-book, A story of 2 Systems, is among the most sensible, synthesizing Lean production and product improvement with agile software program suggestions in an attractive company novel. besides the fact that, there was useful little useful advice for these trying to swap present agencies to turn into Lean and Agile, formerly. Mr. Levine has the winning procedure of A story of 2 Systems, telling simultaneous intertwined and contrasting tales, to carry organizational transformation to existence.

Mary O’Connell and James "Wes" Wesleyan, lately engaged to be married, proportion a dedication to Lean and Agile software program. they've got lately turn into leaders in very diversified businesses – one, caught in a slow-moving, unresponsive, process-driven quagmire of a software program tradition; the opposite, suffering throughout the chaos of a sales-driven, process-less swirl. including their clever mentor, Neville Roberts, they establish techniques to creating wanted adjustments: force humans (a top-down process fascinated with approaches and tools), and other people pushed (an enablement procedure curious about humans and organizations). Mary and Wes evaluation their occasions and select techniques that top healthy for them, and the changes begin.

A story of 2 Transformations differs from many details know-how books through grappling with the entire complexities of our companies: the folks, the politics, the financials, the methods – in brief, the tradition from which our Lean and Agile trips needs to start. The swap version provided within the stream of the tales is mostly acceptable, and will aid someone puzzling over tips on how to enhance their association.

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Lynn Hollander, President. Lynn came to MCCA as a financially savvy turnaround expert from the private equity firm (FWJ) that recently purchased it. Melissa Groves, Saleswoman. Jack Langley’s junior colleague on the San Diego National account. Narish Marumen, Release Manager. Narish is the longtime leader in the MCCA datacenter/network group. Phillip Glass, Development Manager. Rico DeSilva, Lead Developer. Rico is a tightly wound, brilliant programmer. Sasha Bilokov, Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer.

Jack, I’m happy to work with you to change the communication and to fine-tune the Operations–Sales relationships. In my mind, the changes are all about serving our customers better; perhaps that didn’t come out as strongly as it should have in the announcement because I just took that for granted. ” Jack appeared to be satisfied with this statement, so Lynn summarized and closed out this very interesting interruption to our meeting. “Very well. How about you two connect with Cynthia in HR and see if you can modify the announcement, and let’s see if we can get it out by the end of the week.

Many of us are new to each other, some are new to their roles, and we are just beginning to form. We also have a lot to do, with limited resources and leadership, so our leaders need to be free to make decisions when needed, without running everything past me or the management group. If you do your best to balance quick and decisive action with keeping the management group involved, and if you work hard to form good relationships with your peers, we should be all right. As for me, I would like you to keep me regularly informed of what you are finding and planning.

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