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Practical, Proven Tools for Leading and Empowering High-Performing Agile Teams
A leader is like a farmer, who doesn’t grow crops by pulling them but instead creates the perfect environment for the crops to grow and thrive.If you lead in organizations that have adopted agile methods, you know it’s crucial to create the right environment for your agile teams. Traditional tools such as Gantt charts, detailed plans, and internal KPIs aren’t adequate for complex and fast-changing markets, but merely trusting employees and teams to self-manage is insufficient as well.
In Agile Leadership Toolkit, longtime agile leader Peter Koning provides a practical and invaluable steering wheel for agile leaders and their teams. Drawing on his extensive experience helping leaders drive more value from agile, Koning offers a comprehensive toolkit for continuously improving your environment, including structures, metrics, meeting techniques, and governance for creating thriving teams that build disruptive products and services. Koning thoughtfully explains how to lead agile teams at large scale and how team members fit into both the team and the wider organization.
About the Author xxv
Part 1: Co-Create Goals 1
1.1 How Do You Set the Right Goals? 3
1.2 How Do You Find the Right KVIs? 13
1.3 How to Visualize the Customer Impact? 23
Summary of Part 1–Co-Create Goals 31
Part 2: Facilitate Ownership 37
2.1 When Do Teams Take Ownership? 39
2.2 When Is Intervening the Best Strategy, and When Is Letting Go Better? 49
2.3 How Mature Is My Team? 57
2.4 How Do Typical Teams Grow? 63
2.5 How Can the Borders Be Aligned with the Maturity? 69
2.6 When Does the Ownership Model Work and When Does It Not? 77
Summary of Part 2–Facilitate Ownership 81
Part 3: Learn Faster 89
3.1 How Do You Know Your Teams Are Doing the Right Things? 91
3.2 How Quickly Do My Teams Learn from Users? 101
3.3 How Can the Learning Loop Be Put into Practice? 109
3.4 How Can Teams Implement Big Ideas in Small Steps? 117
3.5 Minimize the Blast Radius 127
Summary of Part 3–Learn Faster 131
Part 4: Design Healthy Habits 137
4.1 How Do You Stimulate an Agile Culture? 139
4.2 How Do You Design Healthy Habits? 153
4.3 Can You Anchor the Cultural Improvement? 165
4.4 What Is a Healthy Habit to Implement Improvements? 171
Summary of Part 4–Design Healthy Habits 187
The Agile Leader as Culture Leader 189
Concrete Questions 189
After Reading This Book 193
Why a New Toolkit? 194
Agile Leadership Toolkit 195