Creating High Performance Organizations

Implementing the Lean and Agile Paradigm at Scale

More than 5 hours of video instruction.


How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale—and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.

Through case studies, you’ll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it’s vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation.

Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional management practices

  • Approach problem-solving experimentally, by exploring solutions, testing assumptions, and getting feedback from real users
  • Lead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees, increases the speed and quality of delivery, and lowers costs
  • Learn how to implement ideas from the DevOps and Lean Startup movements even in complex, regulated environments

Who Should Take This Course

This course is aimed at leaders and teams who want to build high performing organizations to develop digital products and services, and create a culture of experimentation and learning.

In the clip below, Jez, Joanne and Barry discuss the main obstacles that we see preventing teams from achieving higher performance and how to overcome them.


Module 1: Running Agile at Scale

There are several frameworks which aim to enable large organizations to implement the ideas and principles of the agile manifesto. However the results often fail to create transformative change. In this module, Jez presents the common issues that arise when trying to implement agile at scale, discusses how to run large programs in an agile way, provides a case study of such an implementation, and shows how worker-led continuous improvement is at the heart of an effective agile adoption.

Module 2: Purposeful Organizations

Research has shown that focusing only on maximizing profits has the paradoxical effect of reducing the rate of return on investment. Rather, organizations succeed in the long term through developing their capacity to innovate and adopting the strategy of focusing on employees, customers, and products first. In this module, Barry sets out why the clarity of communication and understanding of your organizations purpose is a key differentiator and indicator for higher engagement, alignment and performance of your business.

Module 3: Financial Management to Support Business Agility

In many organizations, financial management process and activities drive behaviors and decisions which limit people's capabilities to to continuously improve, experiment in areas of great uncertainty, reduce real risks, and innovate. In this module Joanne talks about different ways to look at Financial Management to remove barriers to experimentation, innovation and improved value delivery to your customers.

Module 4: Building High Performing Teams

What is high performance in the context of a team, and how can we achieve it? In this module, Jez presents the Taylorist and Lean management paradigms and the contexts in which they best operate, shows the impact of culture on organizational performance, discusses how to change culture illustrated with a well-documented case study, and provides a guide to improving team performance and the principles that enable high performance.

Module 5: Managing the Innovation Portfolio

High performance organizations continuously move initiatives through the business model lifecycle from Explore to Retire. They understand that using the same strategy, practices and processes across the entire portfolio will result in negative outcomes and results. To be successful, a company should have a balanced portfolio of products that reflect the mission, strategy and desired state the organizations wishes to be in. In this module, Barry will share how to build the capability to continuously seek out new business models, products and services to ensure the future business relevance, growth and evolution of your organization innovation portfolio.

Module 6: Moving Fast with Defined Constraints

Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) are necessary, but the intent is not evil. Regulations are created to reduce risks of bad things happening. Unfortunately, we often see in organizations where the greatest risk to an organization today - failure to respond rapidly to market changes - is increased dramatically by the very structure, policy, process and controls imposed "for compliance" meant to reduce risk. In this module, Joanne takes you on the journey to understand the world of GRC and how to work to achieve overall organizational balance of risk between observing required constraints and implementing change as required to get ahead of your competition.

Module 7: Economic Frameworks for Portfolio and Product Management

In the majority of organizations investment and prioritization decisions are not made on the basis of economic modeling. This inevitably leads to decision making using the "HiPPO" method (the Highly Paid Person's Opinion). In this module Jez presents two tools - decision trees and cost of delay - that can be used to drive decisions at the portfolio, program and product level. Jez then shows how to use these tools to expose and validate assumptions, and to constantly align your plans to the best economic choice.

Module 8: Starting Your Business Transformation

Transforming organizations, teams or even yourself is challenging. There’s no one-size fits all method to achieve success. It’s a combination of hard work, persistence and patience. That said, the most successful enterprises are continually experimenting to learn what works and what doesn’t. They focus on meeting customer needs by clarifying goals, shortening feedback loops and measuring performance based on outcomes, rather than outputs. To become a high performance organization you must develop the capability to continually adapt, adjust and innovate. This requires a deliberate practice of experimentation and learning. In this module, Barry distills a set of practical strategies and principles to help businesses on their journey to become high performance organizations.

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Your Instructor

Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, and Barry O
Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, and Barry O'Reilly

Jez Humble is co-author of The DevOps Handbook, Lean Enterprise, and the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery. He has spent his career tinkering with code, infrastructure, and product development in companies of varying sizes across three continents, most recently working for the US Federal Government at 18F. He is currently researching how to build high performing teams at his startup, DevOps Research and Assessment LLC, and teaching at UC Berkeley.

Joanne Molesky is a Principal Associate at ThoughtWorks and is coauthor of The Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovated at Scale. She specializes in IT Governance, Risk and Compliance and has led our global practice team for Continuous Delivery and the internal Information Security team.

Since publishing the book with co-authors Jez Humble and Barry O’Reilly, she has been traveling the globe, presenting to executives how the principles behind the Lean movement can be applied to the use of information technology to improve their organization’s performance.

Joanne is recognised by HP Enterprise as one of the five women IT leaders to watch in 2016.

Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.

Barry works with business leaders and teams from global organizations that seek to invent the future, not fear it. Every day, Barry works with many of the world’s leading companies to break the vicious cycles that spiral businesses toward death by enabling experimentation and learning to unlock the insights required for better decision making and higher performance and results.

Barry is co-author of the international bestseller Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries Lean series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barry is Faculty at Singularity University, advising and coaching on Singularity’s executive and accelerator programs based in San Francisco, and throughout the globe.

Barry is also founder and CEO of ExecCamp, the entrepreneurial experience for executives, and management consultancy Antennae.

His mission is to help purposeful technology-led businesses innovate at scale.

Courses Included with Purchase

Running Agile at Scale
How to Implement Agile in Large Organizations
Jez Humble
Purposeful Organizations
Creating Alignment at Scale
Barry O'Reilly
Financial Management to Support Business Agility
Evolve Your Financial Management Practices to Help Drive Product Innovation
Joanne Molesky
Building High Performing Teams
How to Grow a Culture of High Performance
Jez Humble
Managing the Innovation Portfolio
Leading Business Model Innovation, Portfolio Management and Investment Decision Making
Barry O'Reilly
Moving Fast With Defined Constraints
Regulatory Compliance and Secuirty
Joanne Molesky
Economic Frameworks for Portfolio and Product Management
How to Make Investment and Prioritization Decisions Based on Economics
Jez Humble
Starting Your Business Transformation
Start Where You Are
Barry O'Reilly

Original Price: $599

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