With a background in web development, I was familiar with the Agile methodology and framework. In contrast to the traditional Waterfall methodology, it allows a project to be managed in a more flexible way; revisiting and reassessing goals and targets whenever necessary. So the idea of taking the success of Agile strategies and methodology into a business environment and explaining how this approach will helper discover a more flexible, smarter and faster way of working makes for an interesting business management book.
The author, Belinda Waldock is a leading business coach who has worked to help hundreds of small to medium sized businesses to overcome the challenges of fast growth by adopting Agile practices. Her innovative approach involves taking complex situations and turning them into a simple series of options or solutions, and this method of breaking down tasks into bite-sized chunks has helped directors, managers and entrepreneurs to use their time more effectively in a fresh and fun way.
Being Agile in Business provides an excellent introduction and explanation, not only to the benefits and characteristics of Agile, but the logic and understand of its construct in offering the ability of continuous delivery and re-evaluation. For a business, Agile methodology and framework, coupled with Lean Management techniques that were first employed by Toyota, approaching business with agile logic is a very interesting concept.
Belinda Waldock’s simple, jargon-free advice is designed to be read in an agile way – in short bursts that can then be put into action in the real world. The book walks the reader through Agile, explaining how the strategies and tools can enable organisations and individuals to work faster and smarter and navigate the uncertainty that all businesses face every day. As well as tactics, tools, templates and other practical guides, Being Agile in Business provides real life case studies to illustrate just how agile can enable leaders to find their own way to thrive in any situation.