Business Agility Sustainable Prosperity in a Relentlessly Competitive World

ISBN-10: 047041345X
ISBN-13: 9780470413456
Edition: 2009
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List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 3/20/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 162
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

This book discusses the three fundamental process loops that drive an agile enterprise and how they work together to deliver the responsiveness that generates profits in a high change economy. It provides strategies for innovative and pragmatic use of people, process, and technology to drive operations in an agile enterprise. It also reveals the principles of the agile enterprise, backed by real world case studies from the author's own experience provided to illustrate a proven and practical approach for organizations that wish to become agile. Each chapter contains diagrams, charts, and lists to emphasize and summarize the important points and concepts.

Michael H. Hugos is a thinker, speaker, and practitioner of business agility and agile IT system development methods. He spent six years as chief information officer (CIO) for Network Services Co.,?a multibillion-dollar national distribution cooperative where he developed a suite of supply chain and e-business systems that transformed the company's business model from old-line distributor to value-added provider of products and supply chain services. He is a two-time winner of the CIO 100 Award, and a recipient of the InformationWeek 500 Award and the Premier 100 Award for career achievement. He is also author of Building the Real-Time Enterprise and Essentials of Supply Chain Management, Second Edition, both published by Wiley.

Microsoft Executive Leadership Series: Series Foreword
Preface
Responsiveness Trumps Efficiency
The World Behaves Like a Stock Market
Efficiency Is Only Half of the Equation
Traditional Business Models Are Coming Up Short
Efficiency without Responsiveness Will Kill Your Company
Customer Relationships Are the Most Valuable Asset
The Value-Added Paper Cup
A Most Amazing Innovation
Using Information Technology to Make Money
All Products and Services Have Two Components
Notes
Generating Alpha
Value-Added Services and Entrepreneurial Employees Generate Alpha
Escape from the Trap of Commoditized Jobs
Welcome to the First World-Now Your Labor Rates Are Too High
New Opportunities to Create Value
Responsiveness Enables a Higher Standard of Living
Fix the Opportunity Gap
Profit Potential of the Self-Adjusting Feedback Loop
Toward a Responsive Business Operating Strategy
Use People and Computers Each for Their Strengths
Notes
Principles of the Responsive Organization
More Coordination, Less Control
End of Control As We Know It-The Dynamics of Swarming
Leadership for the Responsive Organization
Dynamics of the Responsive Organization
Structure of the Responsive Organization
Notes
Speed, Simplicity, and Boldness
Five Themes from The Art of War
Insights from People Who Have Been There
Observe-Orient-Decide-Act
Maneuver Warfare
Modern Warfighting
Notes
Strategically Focused, Tactically Responsive
Awareness Drives Effective Strategy (Loop 1)
Balancing Means Continuous Improvement (Loop 2)
Agility Means Move It or Lose (Loop 3)
Reinforcing Feedback for Creating Something New
Pulling It All Together
A Formula to Measure Business Responsiveness
Thoughts on a Formula for Business Responsiveness
Serious Games
Notes
Thriving in a Competitive, Fast-Paced World
Leadership in the Old World and the New
Agility and Innovation Are Related to Leadership Practices
Three Applications with Great Potential
Principle of Combined Arms Applied to Business
A Supply Chain Game
Agile Systems for Responsive Operations
IT Agility Enables Business Innovation
Notes
Ya Gotta Wanna
We Are Capable of Great Things
Executive Behavior Defines the Workplace
Thoughts on the Practice of Agility
Agile Is Not Easy
The 30-Day Blitz: IT Agility in Action
Agility Means Simple Things Done Well Not Complex Things Done Fast
Agility Has a Tempo that Ebbs and Flows
Notes
The Essence of Innovation
How to Get Inspired
The Challenge of Making Something New
Art, Sports, and Business All Blend Together
Innovation is a Constant Mixing of Ideas
Picture of a Responsive Company
Five Key Characteristics of the Responsive Organization
Sustainable Prosperity
Note
Executive Checklist for Monitoring Development Projects
Goodness of System Design
Progress Made Developing the System
Competence and Confidence of People on the Project
Notes
Seven Strategic Guidelines for Designing Systems
Note
Index

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