The agile Managers' Book Club

Here is a new cost-effective way of learning about new ways of managing for participants worldwide: we invite you to join the agile Managers' Book Club, where every week for five weeks we have an online session together with the book's author(s) to discuss one section of the book The agile Manager, as well as one other piece of reading each week, all sent to you. Seminars are run at two times each Sunday and Thursday to make it accessible globally.

This will give participants:

  • insight into the new ways of managing that an agile Manager needs
  • a cost effective way to equip yourself for the biggest shift in management thinking in generations
  • concise guided reading to study in your own time
  • an opportunity to connect and discuss with likeminded people around the world
  • lots of opportunity to discuss questions with the authors and your fellows
  • up to 40 hours of interactive training time for $288 including tax ($185 if you're quick!)
  • an answer to why it is a lower case "a" on The agile Manager

The course is of benefit to [quoting from our book]: managers, and those who govern them, develop them, or consult to them. Executive managers, middle managers, line managers, governors, auditors, coaches, consultants. Business, government, not-for-profit, around the world.
It’s more for horses than unicorns: “horses”, the established organisations with existing management structures, need this more than the seemingly-magical ones that already work in new ways, the “unicorns”.

We believe this is an effective way of absorbing the deep concepts behind agility, complexity, safety, humanistics, open, and all the new ways of working and managing:

    Human: people, humanity, wholeness, culture, sharing, empathy, diversity, inclusiveness, egality, trust, integrity, authenticity, open, transparency, curiosity, learning, mastery, pride, empowerment, freedom, authorisation, servant manager, safety, wellbeing, health. [states]
    Systems: customer, value, flow, feedback, quality, lean, streams, iteration, networks, complexity, chaos, emergence, antifragile, shift left, teams, organisation, collaboration, ritual, sharing, resilience, human error, holistic, data, science. [artefacts]
    Agility: ambiguous, uncertain, iterate, increment, experiment, explore, observe, adjust, fluid, organic, improve, curious, embrace failure, fail fast, small, granular, simplify, flexible, pragmatic. [actions/adjectives]
    from our book

Intensive classroom courses are useful (we offer them in Asia/Pacific) but they still require this kind of reflective study as well. It takes time, practice, and reflection to understand the profound shifts in how we think about work. As well, the intellectual foundations of Agile run deep - it takes a lot of learning to see why and how Agile works.

Every week we send you a few thousand words from our book, plus another extract or article (or sometimes we will provide a page reference and you will need to buy or borrow the book).

You get a week to roll the content around and ponder it. You have an opportunity to discuss it with others and ask questions, and you have time to burrow into topics that attract your interest, guided by study materials.

Then we have the online seminar. Rob (or sometimes Dr. Cherry) will present some ideas from the reading. Then we discuss. This has worked enormously well for us with Vietnamese students who are all business owners or senior managers.

You can join in the discussion or just listen. If you are not the talkative kind, you can also email us questions. During the rest of the week, you find your own time to read. Members are encouraged to form smaller study groups, e.g. by locality, language, or specialist interests, but it isn't required.

It is entirely up to you how much you participate. You can be anonymous to the group if you want - let us know.

The discussion is driven by those attending, using a Lean Coffee mechanism to select each week's topics.

Naturally we can't cover the whole book in five 2-hour sessions. We hope that you will come back for another series in future, because while we might repeat the book, you can be sure we don't repeat the content. There is far too much to talk about and we ensure that we cover new topics each cycle. Note that Teal Unicorn gives a 50% discount to students who repeat a course.

That's why we price it attractively: the cost is US$288 including tax (early bird $185) for 5 weeks of learning. It works like this: you sign up for 5 weeks, you attend as many of the 20 sessions as you wish, and those you miss you can hear a recording. We have chosen timezones that will appeal to as many people as possible.

Join the next cycle: Sunday at 8am GMT or 6pm GMT or Thursday at 8am GMT or 6pm GMT (any one, or if you are really keen you can attend all of them!) on Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, and 24. That's up to 8 hours of interactive training a week!

Extra deal: if we get 20 signed up, everybody gets 12 weeks instead of 5! So please encourage friends and colleagues.

The first five weeks of the Book Club study group will look at:

  1. Why agile Management
  2. New Ways Of Thinking: human systems agility
  3. New Ways Of Managing: our six point model
  4. New agile Management practices
  5. Advancing yourself: how to change.
    Next steps, and how to hack the org, our formula for succeeding without executive support .

If we get enough registrations, we will extend to 12 weeks and deep dive into:

  1. Transparency and trust
  2. Flow of systems: management's role
  3. Complexity and Standard+Case
  4. Agility and failure
  5. The Unicorn Management Model
  6. the Improvement Machine: a model for sustaining progress
  7. Open management

Topics will change based on participant agreement.