In the book Agile transformation – Structures, processes and mindsets for the digital age, the author Neil Perkin shows how to transform an organization to a new type of business for a new age and to become fit for purpose for both the present and the future.
To create the right agile transformation, you have to make sure you have the right balance between vision and iteration, you remove barriers to organizational change, and you follow a parallel, and not a linear approach. You have to be fluid, not fixed, open, not closed and put experience, over efficiency and use more leadership, and less management.
Above all, modern transformation programs need to be adaptive, responsive and build from continuous learning. You have to think big, start small, and scale fast.
Think big by creating the right vision (inspirational, distinctive, simple, challenging, directional and tangible), to use bold, disruptive thinking and context mapping and use the foundation enablers technology, data, culture and people. Start smallmeans you have to focus, to set the teams up for success and encourage the right mindset. Scale fast by means of using the right scaling agile structures and building momentum for change through strategy and execution, leadership mindset and adaptive strategy.
The book is built around the organizing principle think big, start small, and scale fast.
Conclusion. The book is not always easy to read but definitely a must read when you are at the start of your own transformation and to make sure you think big, start small and scale fast. It contains a lot of theory, insights, practical examples and case studies (Kodak, Fujifilm, DNVBs, music industry, ASOS, Amazon, Haier, Netflix, DBS, Lemonade Insurance, Stripe, Monzo, Vodafone, ING, ANZ) to give you a jump start in when transforming your own organization.