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Lessons learned from mapping successful and unsuccessful Agile transformation journeys

Stephen Denning (Steve Denning Consulting, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

Strategy & Leadership

ISSN: 1087-8572

Article publication date: 14 June 2019

Issue publication date: 23 July 2019




The purpose of this article is to show how companies that embraced the Agile management mindset succeeded at continuous innovation.


The article describes the processes and mindsets of companies that successfully and unsuccessfully adopted post-bureaucratic management models.


Pioneering companies that have adopted a post-bureaucratic mindset are obsessed with adding more value for customers and end-users.

Practical implications

A case example of the model in practice is included.


The article recounts the problems and advantages of both top-down and bottom-up adoption of Agile management concepts and practices.


Denning, S. (2019), "Lessons learned from mapping successful and unsuccessful Agile transformation journeys", Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 47 No. 4, pp. 3-11.



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