The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century

The Leader s Guide to Radical Management Reinventing the Workplace for the st Century A radical new management model for twenty first century leaders Organizations today face a crisis The crisis is of long standing and its signs are widespread Most proposals for improving management ad

  • Title: The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Reinventing the Workplace for the 21st Century
  • Author: Stephen Denning
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A radical new management model for twenty first century leaders Organizations today face a crisis The crisis is of long standing and its signs are widespread Most proposals for improving management address one element of the crisis at the expense of the others The principles described by award winning author Stephen Denning simultaneously inspire high productivity, contA radical new management model for twenty first century leaders Organizations today face a crisis The crisis is of long standing and its signs are widespread Most proposals for improving management address one element of the crisis at the expense of the others The principles described by award winning author Stephen Denning simultaneously inspire high productivity, continuous innovation, deep job satisfaction and client delight Denning puts forward a fundamentally different approach to management, with seven inter locking principles of continuous innovation focusing the entire organization on delighting clients working in self organizing teams operating in client driven iterations delivering value to clients with each iteration fostering radical transparency nurturing continuous self improvement and communicating interactively In sum, the principles comprise a new mental model of management Author outlines the basic seven principles of continuous innovation The book describes than seventy supporting practices Denning offers a rethinking of management from first principles This book is written by the author of The Secret Language of Leadership a Financial Times Selection in Best Books of 2007.

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    1. Easily the best book on modern management that very much resonates with me. I especially liked how Denning separates principles from practices and gives examples of successes and failures. Unlike many other books describing organization change, this one does a great job highlighting cause-effect relationships and explaining why the principles make sense, how they support each other and what dynamics are at play when an organization doesn't live the principles. Readers coming from software develo [...]

    2. For somebody having done agile software development there is not much new and I am not sure it will really help old school managers. It is a good introduction though.

    3. The author took the Agile principles from software development and packaged them into what he calls a radical management. The ideas themselves are very righteous and I cannot agree more with them. I especially liked the chapters on Delighting Clients (you need to have your clients in mind above anything else) and on Radical Transparency (honesty, authenticity, accepting failures). However, the book itself provides relatively little novelty compared to any other publication on Agile principles - [...]

    4. At first this book didn't excite me. It includes an error about the Agile Manifesto being signed in Colorado, instead of Utah where it was actually signed. Plus it seemed like it was just going to repackage scrum, but use different words so it could be more broadly accepted. Ultimately though, the book proved insightful and motivating. The author set out to discover the best management methods for our modern world and essentially discovered that scrum embodies a great approach. He pulled 7 princ [...]

    5. Dated - but still some good concepts.Particularly enjoyed the final chapter which outlined how he rolled out agile in his company - more as a revolution than your typically (and usually failed) agile adoption plan.I found it a little too prescriptive and hence dated. Many modern agile practices have replaced ideas proposed in here that are now questioned e.g. velocity, planning poker. We have discovered new models of agility which work better than many of the (now dated) practices described in t [...]

    6. The essence of this book is about the followings:1. All what you do is about client’s delight 2. Creat diverse team from different disciplines with different mindset 3. Make the iteration of your product a client centric 4. Creat a unique value with every iteration.5. Be transparent even with your client 6. Keep looking for self improvement opportunities 7. Interactive way of communication

    7. There is another way to organize your business than along the traditional, outdated lines most companies use. With seven principles: delighting clients, self-organizing teams, client-driven iterations, delivering value to clients in each iteration, radical transparency, continuous self-improvement, and interactive communication you can create an organization that keeps innovating and delighting both employees and clients.

    8. The Lean methodology (Toyota Production System) - just with another flashy name. But the ideas are still gold.

    9. Denning makes a plea for companies everywhere to change management models from the hierarchical approach that evolved in the 20th Century to self organising teams where the role of management is to set objectives and remove impediments, leaving everything else up to the teams. This is a fundamental restructuring of work to give a full partnership between management and workers which speaks to the goals, behaviours, economics, and ethics that must govern the workplace for this century.The reasons [...]

    10. Stephen Denning presents us with a vision on a new way of working. The way to accomplish this fun and effective way of working is by applying radical management. Away with traditional top-down management, welcome self-organisation. I like Steve's vision, especially because it matches the vision of say, people like Seth Godin. Enlighting customers is positioned as a key principle, together with six other principles. A lot of them are bought directly from the Agile way of thinking, which we have k [...]

    11. This book gives really nice summary of principles and practices to create a workplace that is both fun and effective. I really like Stephen's accessible writing and clear tone of voice. He is a true evangelist for a more radical approach to management, and I agree with him that it would lighten up the world quite a bit even though he doesn't say it that way explicitly.Alas, although what he writes is an excellent vision, practical implementation will be a major challenge for most organisations. [...]

    12. This is a book I happily keep losing. Radical management is a great collection of all the thoughts, methods, and techniques that fit the evolving context of the 21st century. You can trace some of the ideas shared here back to agile concepts, systems thinking, architectural concepts, but Stephen Denning repackages and combines these together into a mixture of evocative stories and information concentrate that leaves a lasting impression. What I especially like is it binds it together into busine [...]

    13. This is an excellent gathering of the principles and practices that have proven successful within areas of agile, lean, coaching. All these distilled into a consistent set of principles and practices for management in the 21st century. While not much of this is new, it is new that these principles and practices appear in a terminology and context that is aimed directly at management at all levels. I think that this book can inspire many of todays leaders to begin the slow revolution in making th [...]

    14. One of the challenges of teamwork, for a manager, is pace. Often, in the name of the team, progress is forestalled due to 'group think' or endless meetings addressing specific details. And it's not as if the details may not be critically important. But how to deal with them without derailing an entire group's forward movement? Stephen Denning has an answer for that and for other management conundrums.This book is not for beginners. This is for an experienced manager who wants to up their game or [...]

    15. The author focuses on the use of software programming technique of SCRUM or Agile Methods applied to general management situations. He identified 7 Principles of Radical Management. His argument is that this style of management is a necessary innovation in management methods to meet the societal, employee and customer demands of the 21 century. I see much opportunity to use these concepts in business and have begun working them into my leadership methods of the EHS function for Fortune 500 indus [...]

    16. There are some good points around, however, I didn't feel like there were many new ideas. I get it, people need to love their work to be truly productive in a knowledge economy. I know many people that love their work, but it is generally part of their make-up and/or inner drive and not soemthing easily influenced by management motivation. Maybe I'm being too cynical. I did appreciate the perspective about autonomous teams creating a shift in power - a power shift that is tenuous, especially whe [...]

    17. Excellent. This focuses on the concepts of how people are treated and how to yield high engagement. While many concepts overlap with Agile, Scrum and Team self-management, this book is more general which fits a great need it will help people apply fantastic concepts even if they cannot reinvent the entire organization it will also help in businesses that are very different from software development where scrum and agile is well accepted. It is useful for those in areas that have not yet accepted [...]

    18. The content was fabulous. I am not sure I liked the layout and bullet point style. Seemed like too many lists that were too long. Some people might love that format however. Did I mention the content is fabulous? Denning is a thought leader that gives insight into the future of the world of work. If you are an employee remain hopeful that work will get more humane. If you are an employer embrace change or be in for a rough future. Read the book.

    19. Had some great points about how times have changed. The post-war management style of the factory era does not work in all of our service-based industries. Enjoyed the positive vibe but did feel it could have been cut in half. I felt I was reading the same thing over and over just written in a different way. I think the author could have taken advantage of a chapter overview at the end of each one or something along those lines; just felt wordy.

    20. Nothing new here in my opinion but well written and through provoking. Most business books these days seem to espouse these same principles which might have been radical 10-20 years ago but are found everywhere in print and social media. Still if you are looking for a good book on revitalizing or changing your workplace this is a worthy read.

    21. The book is essential a cookbook. Combine several popular movements and get a more potent, fulfilling workplace. I agree with most of what's here, though I've read a decent amount about each of these movements. If you've kept up with Seth Godin, lean mfg, and agile software dev, you wont find much groundbreaking here. The shameless shilling for the authors other books felt crummy.

    22. A good introduction to Scrum for dummies, definitely entertaining, with some attempts to simplify Agile language. But it is putting Scrum too far onto a pedestal and lacks real world depth and knowledge as to how to implement Radical Management.I would recommend this book to managers who want to know Agile more and want to change but are not sure what options are out there.

    23. Denning has taken a hard look at Agile techniques being applied to software development and adapted the use and language to how businesses manage their people with respect. Any leader or business owner should read this book and see how they can radically transform their management style and organization.

    24. Highly recommended. Best management book I have read. Much of the inspiration for radical management comes from the agile movement and that is a good thing! A lot of good stories and practical advice.

    25. A very nice overview of agile techniques for non-software projects/organizations. If someone with a non-IT background would ask me about management-advice I would recommend this book. Having said that: for the agile practitioner there's basically nothing new

    26. Good book - targeted at those not familiar with Agile principle and not in the Software Space - although if you are in software development and are not familiar with Agile and lean thinking - this might be a place to start

    27. Starts up well, but becomes a bit boring in the last part. Too much reference to Agile practices. Or no real concrete ideas of how to transfer Agile to management level.

    28. As a Scrum Master, I couldn't agree more with the principles described in this book: transparency, inspection, and adaption. Recommended.

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