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Agile, Lean, and DevOps approaches are radical game changers, providing a fundamentally different way to think about how IT fits into the enterprise, how IT leaders lead, and how IT can harness technology to accomplish the objectives of the enterprise. But honest and open conversations are not taking place between management and Agile delivery teams.

In A Seat at the Table, CIO Mark Schwartz explores the role of IT leadership as it is now and opens the door to reveal IT leadership as it should be - an integral part of the value creation engine. With wit and easy style, Schwartz reveals that the only way to become an Agile IT leader is to be courageous - to throw off the attitude and assumptions that have kept CIOs from taking their rightful seat at the table. CIOs, step on up, your seat at the table is waiting for you.

©2017 Mark Schwartz (P)2017 Mark Schwartz

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Sage, practical, visionary & courageous

If DevOps & Agile transform how developers and engineers think, then what do IT "leaders" bring to this revolution? This book was an articulate treatise on the IT Leader as "Business Leader" in marshaling the true impact and value of DevOps & agile to the business world.

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Insightful

The principals Mark Schwartz writes about are incredibly insightful. The aspects of Agile and DevOps addressed in this book aren't covered any where else I've seen and are critical to understanding why these disciplines came to be.

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Great overview to agile with sharp focus on concrete leadership role

Clearly reasoned recommendations for how to orgaanise IT and what type of thinking best works to achieve value and react to changes. This would also work as intro to agile thinking

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chapters were not technically right

It is worth trying again, because content was interesting as my app seemingly was not right.

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  • Nathan
  • PORT WASHINGTON, WI, United States
  • 11-14-17

Essential reading for IT leaders

Wow! This book was something else! It gave me new perspectives to reflect on that I’ve never thought about. My biggest personal question is, if while focusing on service have a created a dependent IT nanny state in my org? This and other insights await...

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  • Richard Ray
  • 09-20-18

Great viewpoint

To have a CIO's viewpoint with an agile mindset has been very interesting and I've taken away many ideas from this book.

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  • Mr David Igoe
  • 05-27-18

For senior IT leaders when the business isn't IT

From the relationship of IT and the business/in the business to agile, DevOps, shadow IT, build Vs buy.

Probably the most relevant and inspiring book I've heard this year.

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  • 02-02-18

A insightful and reassuring listen

Really interesting book with some thought provoking content. Would recommend to anyone looking to move into a senior IT leadership role

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  • Dan Swain
  • 12-05-17

Up there with Lean Enterprise

This is a really good interpretation of what Agile and Lean mean for business and in particular CIO's.

You might find it contraversial or I hope thought provoking, a lot of our current systems are about trying to control and constrain IT as if it were a 3rd party and miss the benefits of fully embracing it and using it to the benefit of the customer and business.