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It's no secret that we are living in the Digital Age. Technology companies make up seven of the world's ten largest firms by market capitalization. And the key to their success is the key to all modern organizations.

Jonathan Smart, business agility practitioner, thought leader, and coach, reveals the patterns and antipatterns that will help organizations from every industry deliver better value sooner, safer, and happier through high levels of engagement, inclusion, and empowerment. Through his decades of experience in the technology world, Smart provides business leaders with a blueprint for creating a world-class organization of the future.

Through Agile and Lean ways of working, business leaders can empower teams to improve production, grow together, and create better services for their customers. These better ways of working have overflowed from the IT department to every corner of successful organizations, taking root in every industry from aerospace to accounting, insurance to shipping.

This book is not about software development. It is not a book about the computer industry. This book is about applying agility across the entire organization. It's a book that will put you at the front of change and ahead of the competition.

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©2020 Jonathan Smart (P)2020 Jonathan Smart

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Fantastic

Listened to first few chapters, then bought the book as well. I actually listened and read the book at the same time. What a great way to embed the information.

Loved the patterns / anti-patterns approach. Will be able to use some of the case studies at work.

Will be reading / listening to the again soon.

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For all people who want to improve the way we work

This is one of the most comprehensive books on agile patterns and anti-patterns I have read. I found myself recognizing many of the anti-patterns in my own organization and then learning about patterns to try and correct the trajectory. I plan on purchasing several copies and sharing them with my colleagues.

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Nothing new, narrated numbingly

I try not to be over-critical of fellow narrators, but the casting and direction didn’t fit a book that repeats lots of catchphrases and refers to lots of graphics.

Arguably, this shouldn’t even be an audiobook.

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Too repetitive

Great content and real world stories but waaay too repetitive. I had to check on more than one occasion that Audible picked up at the right spot and didn't skip back. If this same info were given in 1/4 the size it would be easy 4 stars and possibly 5.

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Life changing

Everything I needed after reading The Phoenix Project. A continual-reference-and-often-reread hardcover on my shelf, too!

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Great perspective and insight

Crate book lots of insight especially going through a transformation myself definitely some gold bricks in here

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Succinctly summarizes our years of experience

Loved it. It's very relatable. Sharing the book itself influences change in all levels of the organization. Thank you.

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I couldn't listen to the audio voice

The voice was super difficult to focus on and follow. I had to turn it off after not even 10 minutes.

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Highly recommended for the digital age

A timeless body of work that uses appropriate dialogue for this evolution of knowledge workers.
I am on second listen and still picking up valuable ways of working.

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Great Insights and Summary (bvssh)

Narration could be livelier. Insightful Content & examples. Had fun pausing and reflecting..

I came across Jonathan's video from Unicorn Project, and followed through his works, got hooked to his simple explanations and hilariously artistic description of Certified Really Agile Practitioner. This book gives a more in depth look into Bvssh. If you need convincing, search @jonsmart on YouTube.

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  • 10-15-21

good book but narration too flat

I liked the book, but I didn't like the narration, too flat. Also the chapters and sections are not named in the index and it's harder to orientate without them.

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  • Paul
  • 08-01-21

Bringing it all together

Probably the best complete guide to small-a agile that I've read - what to lookout for that will send you down the wrong path and how to re-align your focus. So excellent that I ended up buying the print book as well!

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  • Mattdoc30
  • 07-28-21

The best book since The Phoenix Project!

I just couldn't get enough of this book. As someone who manages an IT department, this book left me excited every time I listened. It fills in many of the gaps in DevOps and provides a practical guide on how to approach implementing the ideas in your organisation. Brilliant, just brilliant!

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  • Brian Guest
  • 03-18-21

Business Agility 101

Really good overview of business agility, providing lots of insights and lessons learnt. Pulls together lots of different strands of agile thinking into a single coherent narrative, creating a excellent jumping off point to explore the topics in more detail. Well presented and engaging audio book.

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  • Mr. G. Pritchard
  • 02-28-21

It should be compulsory reading for senior leaders

This book is well written and contains plenty of real world, practical advice build up over years of experience by the authors but also by teams who have been on the journey.

After years of advocating the management techniques described I feel it should be compulsory reading for senior leaders. I wished i had access to this booked years ago as the authors put the arguments across much better than I ever have.

It will be interesting to see how well organisations who have adopted such management techniques fair in the post-Covid world. The new normal probably involves more remote working. Teams with old style command and control managers could be at a disadvantage. Agile business could thrive.

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  • Amir Anzur
  • 01-22-21

Amazing insights from people with experience

The book gives great insights into the world of agile and development from some people that clearly know what they are doing. Really well written.