Thursday, April 09, 2015
Review: 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 21st Century by Stephen Denning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 - and I felt that the narrative was being chewed and re-chewed again and again). The whole chapter about open narratives felt like promotion for author's previous books. Overall, it is quite a stereotypical American-style self-help book: "I did it once, I've heard others having done it too, I call it "The New Big Thing" and now I preach it to everyone else".
It can be interesting for people from outside software development who have never heard of Agile principles of (project) management though.