The agile organization: recommended resources

AgileAn Agile Organization can respond very quickly to changes in its marketplace and environment.

Below are some valuable resources on this new topic selected by the HEC Paris librarians. Hope you find it useful!



Adding agile capabilities to organizations

The 90% success recipe: Commercial transformations that beat the odds and the market / Homayoun Hatami, Candace Lun Plotkin, Kevin McLellan, Patrick Schulze. McKinsey report, september 2014 – Report
“What that means in practice is having an agile organization that is constantly innovating, constantly spotting and reacting to new opportunities, and constantly evolving with the customer. Erwin van Laethem, CEO for Dutch energy company Essent, puts it succinctly: “Every success we’ve had in the market has been copied by our competitors,” he says. “What you can’t copy is how people work together in an organization.” ”

Case Study of an Agile Transformation in a Large Organization / Justin Marks. TechEd Europe 2014 – Video
“Microsoft’s Developer Division, (…), has been on a multi-year journey to transform itself from a waterfallian box product into an agile online service and regular client updates. In this session, we review the process and practices used by this division to deliver faster, react to feedback, plan and learn, stay connected to customers, continually improve quality, and measure success. We discuss the organizational issues experienced during the transformation and give examples of key practices and metrics used to improve the organization sprint over sprint. Hear about lessons learned in moving from a traditional software delivery team to a modern DevOps team.”

Lean and agile: an epistemological reflection / Marie-Joëlle Browaeys and Sandra Fisser. The Learning Organization, 2012 19:3 , 207-218. (HEC Paris authentification needed) – Article
The novelty of this paper is the presentation of an alternative approach to the concepts of lean and agile, using an epistemological point‐of‐view. The paper deepens the understanding of the lean and agile concepts by applying the complexity paradigm as proposed by Edgar Morin. Furthermore, it proposes self‐organizing teams for possible unification of both concepts.

Why business simulations work and how they are building more agile organizations / Dan Parisi. People & Strategy. June, 2011, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p4, 2 p. – Article
How Peak Performers Develop Hindsight in Advance Before taking action, real-world peak performers like pilots, military personnel and disaster response teams use simulations to develop the skills to respond to high-impact challenges.

Need for Speed: Ramping up the Velocity of Big Data / William Weaver. Scientific Computing, 03/03/2014 – Article
Big Data tools such as Grok and IBM Watson are enabling large organizations to behave more like agile startups.


Managing the agile workforce

Building the Agile Workforce / Harvard Business Review – Podcast (16mn07)-
Interview of Jeffrey Joerres, CEO of ManpowerGroup, on finding the talent you need in an unpredictable world.
“In today’s world in order to create this agile workforce, you really have to work on two things. One is the actual structure of how work gets done, and the other, of course, is the behavior of people, because in an agile workforce, you have less rules so you have to really be working much more with a positive intent, if you will, particularly if you’re in a large organization.”

Winning Practices of Adaptive Leadership Teams / Roselinde Torres and Nneka Rimmer. BCG report, April 3, 2012.- Report
“Top teams must be more than just high performing. They also need to adapt and thrive, regardless of the turbulence they face.” BCG expores “how adaptive teams remain nimble in the face of rapid change. This Focus report explores our findings in more detail and digs deeper into the practices and philosophies behind the five traits to learn what differentiates the adaptive leadership teams that win consistently in the marketplace from their average-performing counterparts.”

Taking The Leap To Agile Manufacturing: From Intention To A. Successful Paradigm Shift / A. Canda and L. Gogan. Managerial Challenges of the Contemporary Society. 2012, Issue 3, p77-80. 4p. (HEC Paris authentification needed) – Article
The paper presents the agile principles with the needs origin analysis for the definition and design of a new business management paradigm (that is associated to a proposed business model) combining two dimensions: (1) organizational behaviour related to competitiveness and (2) the internal environment characteristics focused on human resources management and change management. In addition, there are presented the implementation phases of the proposed business model (as strategic options at the organizational level) and challenges for the organization`s project team, by underlining the leadership aspects as key issues in a successful implementation of agile principles.

Integrating formal and informal learning in an agile organisation / Paul Rasmussen. Training & Development, Jun2012, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p6-8. 3p. (HEC Paris authentification needed) – Article
Delivering integrated workforce training, which is able to quickly meet organizational requirements with minimal interruption to the workplace, is a challenge faced by most organisations – in particular those organisations with highly geographically and culturally diverse workforces.


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