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LEAN VS. AGILE VS. DESIGN THINKING

What you really need to know to build High-Performing Digital Product Teams, by Jeff Gothelf

As companies evolve to adopt, integrate, and leverage software as the defining element of their success in the 21st century, a rash of processes and methodologies are vying for their product teams' attention. In the worst of cases, each discipline on these teams -- product management, design, and software engineering -- learns a different model. This short, tactical book reconciles the perceived differences in Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile software development by focusing not on rituals and practices but on the values that underpin all three methods.

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MAKING PROGRESS

The 7 Responsibilities of the Innovation Leader, by Ryan Jacoby

Making Progress is a tactical guide for you, the person charged with leading innovation, regardless of the product or domain, no matter the organizational structure you’ve inherited or are meant to create, no matter the process you’ve adopted or want to adopt, whether you work in a brand-new start up or a Fortune 500 corporation. Making Progress is for managers and consultants, design directors and chief innovation officers, board members CEOs and recruiters. It will help you juggle the needs of your team, your organization, and the projects, products, or services themselves. It will give you a framework for problem-solving your approach to problem-solving at a point in time where the pressures to solve big problems feels bigger than ever.

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THE CASE FOR CHANGE, BY JONATHAN BERTFIELD AND SONJA KRESOJEVIC

In the context of unprecedented disruption and accelerating customer expectations, isolated organizational changes that are neither supportive of long term strategy or measured, are no longer viable. What is needed is holistic and sustainable change that creates a Lean Enterprise; one that is responsive, customer centric, and focused on creating long term value.  

Whether you are a transformation leader or a CEO of a large enterprise this practical guide will help you understand the challenges ahead, and win hearts and minds of your organization on this journey.

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Lateral Leadership: A practical Guide to Managing Agile Teams
By Tim Herbig

Agile doesn’t just change how teams work. It also changes how teams are led. Agile requires a radically different approach to leadership, one that puts business, design, and engineering at equal levels--where they must work as peers. But this creates a challenge for team leaders. Agile leadership requires teams to align around a committed vision and support it in the best possible way.

This book helps leaders and team members alike thrive in agile environments by providing hands-on guidance on how to align and manage experts to achieve a shared goal.

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Hiring for the innovation economy: Three Steps to Improve Performance and Diversity, By Nicole Rufuku

The digital economy demands that high­ performing and highly adaptive teams work creatively and collaboratively to identify and seize new opportunities quickly. Managers who are serious about innovation have to abandon old and broken hiring practices in order to identify and hire the right people to build the future.

This book will help team leaders understand why they often fail to hire dynamic and agile team members who can challenge the status quo and scale with a fast ­paced and high ­growth business, while enriching the team’s culture and perspective.

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GOALS FOR AGILE TEAMS, BY FELIPE CASTRO

Sixteen years after the manifesto, most companies use Agile for delivery only. Scaling frameworks usually do not help, as they concentrate on improving software development. As such, very few organizations ever achieve business agility.

One of the root causes of the lack of organizational agility is the way companies set priorities and incentives. The alternative is OKR (Objectives and Key Results), the goal framework used by companies like Google and Spotify.

Get this book to learn how to use OKR to take Agile to the next level.

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RIGHT QUESTION, RIGHT TIME: HOW INNOVATION LEADERS CAN GUIDE THIER TEAMS TO SUCCESS, By TENDAYI VIKI

As a leader, how do you track the progress of teams working on innovation projects? How close are they to success? How do you know where they are on their innovation journey? By asking the right question at the right time.

Teams today use Lean Startup, Agile, Design Thinking and other methods to keep their companies competitive in today’s economy. As a manager, however, your tools for managing teams probably need to catch up to these modern innovation methods.

Written by Tendayi Viki, the award winning co-author of The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle, this short book provides a practical guide to solving these problems.

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CULTURE AS SOFTWARE: USE THE TOOLS OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TO CHANGE YOUR ORGANIZATION, BY NIck Rockwell

Cultures are complex systems and are notoriously hard to change. Software systems are also complex and hard to change, but we have evolved a set of practices and tools to do exactly that. 
The process involves materializing the culture into a series of artifacts - documents - and iterating on them like they were software, monitoring the effects of change as you go, and reacting.

By using familiar tools like sprint planning (and related rituals), iteration, peer (code) review, version control, beta testing, and more, adapted in specific ways, you can make the intangible tangible, make steady incremental progress, and see real results.