- Copyright 2019
- Dimensions: 234X156
- Pages: 256
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 1-292-26298-2
- ISBN-13: 978-1-292-26298-7
Agile Strategy is a practical guide for managers responsible for setting the strategic direction of their organisations in increasingly dynamic markets. Through its frameworks, tools and real-world examples, it explains how to transform business performance through greater organisational agility.
- LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
- BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION
Why do we need a new book on strategy?
The pace of change is increasing, and strategic management is not keeping up. More than one in four (28%) strategic initiatives fail to meet their original goals and business intent, with insufficient agility identified as one of the top three barriers to successful strategy implementation.
The square peg of traditional strategy — vision, mission and blue-sky exercises; the separation of strategy from “implementation” — no longer fits the round hole of increasingly dynamic markets. It is time for a new approach.
How is Agile Strategy different?
Agile Strategy distinguishes itself from other strategy and agile books currently available in that it is:
- Designed for large organisations: Much of the writing on agile techniques addresses start-ups or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which operate under very different constraints and freedoms. Agile Strategy is written for large organisations who want to be more agile.
- Commercially-led: The approach is not a lightly airbrushed business rewrite of agile software development practices, but rather a fundamental rethinking of commercial and operational business practices.
- Practical: It is anchored in innovative and robust concepts but designed as a practical “how-to” guide: a book for practitioners, written by a practitioner.
- Results-focused: Whilst addressing a broad range of organisational topics, the book is grounded in the definition and delivery of measurable business benefits.
Why should I read it?
Agile Strategy offers four key benefits to its readers:
- A clear framework ("RADAR")
- A single, easy-to-grasp guiding principle: The Horizon
- Measurable benefits
- A practical approach
I hope you not only enjoy reading about this innovative new approach, but also go on to realise the full potential of your organisation by implementing it. Good luck!
 Project Management Institute (2017) Pulse of the Profession
 The Economist Intelligence Unit (2017) Closing the Gap: Designing and Delivering a Strategy that Works"
Table of Contents
- PART ONE Getting started
- 1 What you need to design an agile strategy
- 2 Get some perspective! How to ask the right questions
- PART TWO Research and analysis
- 3 How to gain insight in a VUCA world
- 4 VUCAnomics – learn where and why you make money
- 5 Use your intelligence – how to track market and organisational performance
- PART THREE Design and action
- 6 How to foster agility in your organisation
- 7 How to develop strategic intent and operational flexibility
- 8 How to execute agile strategies
- PART FOUR Results
- 9 How to measure success
- 10 How to hurdle the barriers to success
- Epilogue: How to continue the conversation