About this Publication

Adopting the latest agile tools and practices won’t be enough to respond to rapid market change. Leaders must first lay the groundwork by creating the right environment for these tools to work.

Many managers struggle to install the underlying organizational operating system for business agility. High-performing agile organizations depend on the strength of six key enabling factors: leadership, culture, structure, people, governance, and ways of working. This book explains why these factors are important and how they work together to increase organizational agility. Real-world examples, stories, and tools will help leaders get realistic about the scope of changes needed in their organizations and show them how to get started.

Karim Harbott does not offer a book of recipes. Instead, he focuses on mindset, principles, and general patterns. This book summarizes of the most important factors in increasing organizational agility and why they work, which leaders will need to consider in a so-called agile transformation. Because every organization is different, each will have its own route to agility and high performance. Managers will need to tackle all the areas that are crucial to creating an environment in which any chosen approach can work.

About the Author

Karim is a leadership and business agility expert, entrepreneur, author, and international keynote speaker. He has over a decade of experience helping organisations with business agility, working with some of the most complex organisations anywhere in the world. Karim’s work involves advising on business agility, agile at scale, leadership development, culture change, strategy and innovation. Karim is one of only a handful of people globally to hold the Certified Agile Leadership (CAL) Educator, Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST), and Certified Enterprise Coach® (CEC) status. He is also an
ICF Professional Certified Coach® (PCC) and Certified Leadership Agility® 360 Coach. In 2016, Karim co-founded Agile Centre, a leading training and consulting organisation based in London, UK. In 2020, he co-founded the Business Agility Academy, the leading international business agility certification body. He is the creator of the Business Agility Canvas, a widely-used strategic tool for driving agile transformations. He also serves as a non executive director at the Scrum Alliance, and is the author of the recently published book The 6 Enablers of Business Agility: How to Thrive in an Uncertain World.