Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers
“Money is a perfectly legitimate measurement of goods sold or services rendered. But it is no calculation of value…Value is a feeling, not a calculation. It is perception.”
“Start With Why,” Simon Sinek
Value. A small, yet powerful, and very often misunderstood word. It’s used in all sorts of contexts; value creation, shareholder value, company values, business value. Everyone claims to be providing value to someone – other parts of their organization, customers or clients. Yet when asked to provide specifics on what value they are supplying or how that value is demonstrated, most are hard pressed to provide a clear answer.
In Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers we explore both how value is defined as well as how is created and delivered. We offer an innovative approach that shows you how to do portfolio, programme, and project delivery using agile approaches. We also explore a “post-agile” world where we cease to need to give it a label, as it simply becomes our normal way of thinking and acting.
Praise for Agile Value Delivery
Larry Cooper and Jen Stone have created what I consider to be the first properly “post-agile” structure for us to use. We original agilists advocated delivering value, but stopped there. Larry and Jen show us how to handle the consequences: to deliver, operate and measure value. Operations is the logical consequence of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery. Props to them for having articulated it so clearly.
Dr. Alistair Cockburn, co-author of the Agile Manifesto
The title of this book, Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers, recognizes that linear extrapolations from past successes—which may have been a successful formula in recent times—is no longer a practical guide for managers or workers in a post digital world. Simply stated, the digital revolution has thrust us suddenly and rapidly into in a new world with new rules. This book is a practical behavioral guide to those who want to master these new rules.
Whether you are an experienced Agile aficionado, an Agile novice, or a business manager who has happened upon this book, Cooper and Stone will acquaint you with the essential behaviors of an innovative management model that will propel both your personal and your organization’s performance to levels that most of us thought was not humanly possible. Indeed, the future of management has arrived, and it won’t remain hidden for very much longer—become a part of it.
Director of Innovation, Optimity Advisors
Former CEO, Blue Cross-Blue Shield FEIP
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What Cooper and Stone have done is the equivalent of the Grand Unified Theory (GUT) in physics – they have combined the business practices of portfolio, programme, and project management and “agilized’ them. I think it is groundbreaking…I have never used this word to describe anything I have read before but I think it is appropriate here.
Dr. Adrian Rossi
Fellow, British Computer Society