The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN:1789667801

Total Pages:200

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While technology and geopolitical forces change the face of business today, the patterns and challenges of organizing humans to work together across organization, culture, language and time zone boundaries remain. To face these challenges, all organizations need to be agile, networked and scalable. Networked, Scaled, and Agile reveals how to shape organizations that will enable people to make faster and better decisions in a more complex world. By outlining the tension between the need for agility/differentiation and scale/integration, the book offers a new way to think about this debate using the models of the Tower (vertical integration) and the Square (horizontal integration). It addresses the role of the leadership team and how the organization design process can build C-suite leaders and successors. Each chapter concludes with a series of reflection questions for leaders as well as a summary of key concepts and tips. Including case studies from global organizations, Networked, Scaled, and Agile reveals how organization design can address three of the biggest business challenges organizations face today: how to build a new capability across the entire enterprise; how to make the entire organization more customer-centric; and how to allow for faster innovation.

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Building the Agile Enterprise

Author:Fred A. Cummins

Publisher:Elsevier

ISBN:9780080560083

Total Pages:336

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In the last ten years IT has brought fundamental changes to the way the world works. Not only has it increased the speed of operations and communications, but it has also undermined basic assumptions of traditional business models and increased the number of variables. Today, the survival of major corporations is challenged by a world-wide marketplace, international operations, outsourcing, global communities, a changing workforce, security threats, business continuity, web visibility, and customer expectations. Enterprises must constantly adapt or they will be unable to compete. Fred Cummins, an EDS Fellow, presents IT as a key enabler of the agile enterprise. He demonstrates how the convergence of key technologies—including SOA, BPM and emerging enterprise and data models—can be harnessed to transform the enterprise. Cummins mines his 25 years experience to provide IT leaders, as well as enterprise architects and management consultants, with the critical information, skills, and insights they need to partner with management and redesign the enterprise for continuous change. No other book puts IT at the center of this transformation, nor integrates these technologies for this purpose. Shows how to integrate and deploy critical technologies to foster agility Details how to design an enterprise architecture that takes full advantage of SOA, BPM, business rules, enterprise information management, business models, and governance Outlines IT's critical mission in providing an integration infrastructure and key services, while optimizing technology adoption throughout the enterprise Illustrates concepts with examples and cases from large and small commercial enterprises Shows how to create systems that recognize and respond to the need for change Identifies the unique security issues that arise with SOA and shows how to deploy a framework of technologies and processes that address them

Rewire Your Brain

Author:John B. Arden

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:9780470569849

Total Pages:256

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How to rewire your brain to improve virtually every aspect of your life-based on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology on neuroplasticity and evidence-based practices Not long ago, it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with, and that the brain cells you had at birth were the most you would ever possess. Your brain was thought to be “hardwired” to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that's not true. Your brain is not hardwired, it's "softwired" by experience. This book shows you how you can rewire parts of the brain to feel more positive about your life, remain calm during stressful times, and improve your social relationships. Written by a leader in the field of Brain-Based Therapy, it teaches you how to activate the parts of your brain that have been underactivated and calm down those areas that have been hyperactivated so that you feel positive about your life and remain calm during stressful times. You will also learn to improve your memory, boost your mood, have better relationships, and get a good night sleep. Reveals how cutting-edge developments in neuroscience, and evidence-based practices can be used to improve your everyday life Other titles by Dr. Arden include: Brain-Based Therapy-Adult, Brain-Based Therapy-Child, Improving Your Memory For Dummies and Heal Your Anxiety Workbook Dr. Arden is a leader in integrating the new developments in neuroscience with psychotherapy and Director of Training in Mental Health for Kaiser Permanente for the Northern California Region Explaining exciting new developments in neuroscience and their applications to daily living, Rewire Your Brain will guide you through the process of changing your brain so you can change your life and be free of self-imposed limitations.

Doing Agile Right

Author:Darrell K. Rigby,Sarah Elk,Steven H. Berez

Publisher:Harvard Business Press

ISBN:1633698718

Total Pages:256

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Agile has the power to transform work--but only if it's implemented the right way. For decades business leaders have been painfully aware of a huge chasm: They aspire to create nimble, flexible enterprises. But their day-to-day reality is silos, sluggish processes, and stalled innovation. Today, agile is hailed as the essential bridge across this chasm, with the potential to transform a company and catapult it to the head of the pack. Not so fast. In this clear-eyed, indispensable book, Bain & Company thought leader Darrell Rigby and his colleagues Sarah Elk and Steve Berez provide a much-needed reality check. They dispel the myths and misconceptions that have accompanied agile's rise to prominence--the idea that it can reshape an organization all at once, for instance, or that it should be used in every function and for all types of work. They illustrate that agile teams can indeed be powerful, making people's jobs more rewarding and turbocharging innovation, but such results are possible only if the method is fully understood and implemented the right way. The key, they argue, is balance. Every organization must optimize and tightly control some of its operations, and at the same time innovate. Agile, done well, enables vigorous innovation without sacrificing the efficiency and reliability essential to traditional operations. The authors break down how agile really works, show what not to do, and explain the crucial importance of scaling agile properly in order to reap its full benefit. They then lay out a road map for leading the transition to a truly agile enterprise. Agile isn't a goal in itself; it's a means to becoming a high-performance operation. Doing Agile Right is a must-have guide for any company trying to make the transition--or trying to sustain high agility.

Agile Project Management For Dummies

Author:Mark C. Layton,Steven J. Ostermiller,Dean J. Kynaston

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:1119677068

Total Pages:496

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This updated edition shows you how to use the agile project management framework for success! Learn how to apply agile concepts to your projects. This fully updated book covers changes to agile approaches and new information related to the methods of managing an agile project. Agile Project Management For Dummies, 3rd Edition gives product developers and other project leaders the tools they need for a successful project. This book’s principles and techniques will guide you in creating a product roadmap, self-correcting iterations of deployable products, and preparing for a product launch. Agile approaches are critical for achieving fast and flexible product development. It’s also a useful tool for managing a range of business projects. Written by one of the original agile technique thought-leaders, this book guides you and your teams in discovering why agile techniques work and how to create an effective agile environment. Users will gain the knowledge to improve various areas of project management. Define your product’s vision and features Learn the steps for putting agile techniques into action Manage the project’s scope and procurement Plan your team’s sprints and releases Simplify reporting related to the project Agile Project Management For Dummies can help you to better manage the scope of your project as well as its time demands and costs. You’ll also be prepared to skillfully handle team dynamics, quality challenges, and risks.

Leadership Agility

Author:William B. Joiner,Stephen A. Josephs

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:0787987468

Total Pages:336

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Leadership Agility is the master competency needed for sustained success in today’s complex, fast-paced business environment. Richly illustrated with stories based on original research and decades of work with clients, this groundbreaking book identifies five levels that leaders move through in developing their agility. Significantly, only 10% have mastered the level of agility needed for consistent effectiveness in our turbulent era of global competition. Written in an engaging, down-to-earth style, this book not only provides a map that guides readers in identifying their current level of agility. It also provides practical advice and concrete examples that show managers and leadership development professionals how they can bring greater agility to the initiatives they take every day.

Business Model You

Author:Timothy Clark,Alexander Osterwalder,Yves Pigneur

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:1118225996

Total Pages:264

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A one-page tool to reinvent yourself and your career The global bestseller Business Model Generationintroduced a unique visual way to summarize and creativelybrainstorm any business or product idea on a single sheet of paper.Business Model You uses the same powerful one-page tool toteach readers how to draw "personal business models," which revealnew ways their skills can be adapted to the changing needs of themarketplace to reveal new, more satisfying, career and lifepossibilities. Produced by the same team that created BusinessModel Generation, this book is based on the Business ModelCanvas methodology, which has quickly emerged as the world'sleading business model description and innovation technique. This book shows readers how to: Understand business model thinking and diagram their currentpersonal business model Understand the value of their skills in the marketplace anddefine their purpose Articulate a vision for change Create a new personal business model harmonized with thatvision, and most important, test and implement the new model When you implement the one-page tool from Business ModelYou, you create a game-changing business model for your lifeand career.

Agile Testing

Author:Lisa Crispin,Janet Gregory

Publisher:Pearson Education

ISBN:9780321616937

Total Pages:576

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Testing is a key component of agile development. The widespread adoption of agile methods has brought the need for effective testing into the limelight, and agile projects have transformed the role of testers. Much of a tester’s function, however, remains largely misunderstood. What is the true role of a tester? Do agile teams actually need members with QA backgrounds? What does it really mean to be an “agile tester?” Two of the industry’s most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, have teamed up to bring you the definitive answers to these questions and many others. In Agile Testing, Crispin and Gregory define agile testing and illustrate the tester’s role with examples from real agile teams. They teach you how to use the agile testing quadrants to identify what testing is needed, who should do it, and what tools might help. The book chronicles an agile software development iteration from the viewpoint of a tester and explains the seven key success factors of agile testing. Readers will come away from this book understanding How to get testers engaged in agile development Where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team What to look for when hiring an agile tester How to transition from a traditional cycle to agile development How to complete testing activities in short iterations How to use tests to successfully guide development How to overcome barriers to test automation This book is a must for agile testers, agile teams, their managers, and their customers.

Love Poems and Others

Author:D.H. Lawrence

Publisher:Graphic Arts Books

ISBN:1513275526

Total Pages:76

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Love Poems and Others by D.H Lawrence features thirty-two poems of various lengths. With themes of love, marriage, gender, sexuality and emotional health, Lawrence’s work is both relatable and revolutionary. Separated into three sections, Love Poems and Others addresses an eclectic variety of human struggles. The first section, Love Poems explores how gender changes the expectations of love and sex. Through the portrayal of the search for love, this section examines the almost violent human need for connection, pondering how society both enables and prevents this instinctual need. The next section, Dialect reproduces and preserves the language and concerns of the people in Nottinghamshire, England, a county in the East Midlands in which D.H Lawrence spent most of his youth. Through the honest depiction of this region, modern-day readers are afforded the privileged understanding of this historic area as Lawrence portrays the intricacies of the people who once lived there. The final section of Love Poems and Others is titled Schoolmaster. Following the narrative of a schoolmaster, this section explores themes of masculinity and youth. Each of the thirty-two poems featured in Love Poems and Others is crafted with masterful rhythm, vivid imagery, and tender sentiment. Through the use of accessible language and relatable themes, Lawrence explores the taboo and unspoken in his poetry, provoking strong reactions. Including provocative perspectives, honest depictions, and representation of a local culture and dialect, Love Poems and Others proves to be as insightful as it is beautiful. Originally published over one-hundred years ago in 1915, D.H Lawrence’s Love Poems and Others simultaneously preserves the culture and customs of his time while also addressing social issues that modern society still struggles with, attesting to the timelessness of the human spirit. Featuring fan-favorite poems such as Lilies in the Fire and Dog-Tired, this edition of Love Poems and Others by D.H Lawrence is now presented with a stunning new cover design and is printed in an easy-to-read font. With these accommodations, modern readers are able to appreciate the gorgeous and substantial verses of the prolific and provocative author and poet, D.H Lawrence.

The Startup Owner's Manual

Author:Steve Blank,Bob Dorf

Publisher:John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:1119690722

Total Pages:608

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More than 100,000 entrepreneurs rely on this book for detailed, step-by-step instructions on building successful, scalable, profitable startups. The National Science Foundation pays hundreds of startup teams each year to follow the process outlined in the book, and it's taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia and more than 100 other leading universities worldwide. Why? The Startup Owner's Manual guides you, step-by-step, as you put the Customer Development process to work. This method was created by renowned Silicon Valley startup expert Steve Blank, co-creator with Eric Ries of the "Lean Startup" movement and tested and refined by him for more than a decade. This 608-page how-to guide includes over 100 charts, graphs, and diagrams, plus 77 valuable checklists that guide you as you drive your company toward profitability. It will help you: • Avoid the 9 deadly sins that destroy startups' chances for success • Use the Customer Development method to bring your business idea to life • Incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses • Identify your customers and determine how to "get, keep and grow" customers profitably • Compute how you'll drive your startup to repeatable, scalable profits. The Startup Owner's Manual was originally published by K&S Ranch Publishing Inc. and is now available from Wiley. The cover, design, and content are the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.