Recommended reading (Right to Left)

Selected references from each chapter of Right to Left: The digital leader’s guide to Lean and Agile (2019).

Chapter 1, Right to left in the material world

Introducing Lean, the strategic pursuit of flow:

  • This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox,
    Niklas Modig & Pär Åhlström, (Rheologica Publishing, 2014)
  • What makes a Google team effective,
    Julia Rozovsky, (, 2015)

Chapter 2, Right to left in the digital space

Introducing Agile and Lean-Agile:

  • Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation,
    Jez Humble & David Farley, (Addison Wesley, 2010)
  • Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail,
    John Gall, (Pocket Books, 1978)
  • Freedom from Command and Control: A Better Way to Make the Work Work,
    John Seddon, (Vanguard Publishing Limited, 2003)

Chapter 3, Patterns and frameworks

Popular Lean, Agile, and Lean-Agile frameworks and how they combine and complement each other:

  • Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love,
    Marty Cagan, (John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition, 2018)
  • Kanban from the Inside,
    Mike Burrows, (Blue Hole Press, 2014)
  • The Scrum Guide,
    Ken Schwaber & Jeff Sutherland, (
  • User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product,
    Jeff Patton and Peter Economy, (O’Reilly Media, 2014)
  • Know Your Customers’ “Jobs to Be Done”,
    Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon, & David S. Duncan, (Harvard Business Review, September 2016 issue)
  • This is Service Design Thinking: Basics-Tools-Cases,
    Marc Stickdorn & Jakob Schneider, (BIS Publishers, 2010)
  • Government design principles,
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about It, Devops, and Helping Your Business Win,
    Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, & George Spafford, (IT Revolution Press, 3rd edition, 2018)
  • The Bottleneck Rules: How to Get More Done (When Working Harder isn't Working),
    Clarke Ching, (Independently published, 2018)

Chapter 4, Viable scaling

The Agile scaling frameworks, organisational viability, and the challenges of change:

  • Scaling Agile @ Spotify with Tribes, Squads, Chapters & Guilds,
    Henrik Kniberg & Anders Ivarsson, (, 2012)
  • Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®),
    Dean Leffingwell, Scaled Agile, Inc., (
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer,
    Donella Meadows, (White River Junction, 2008)
  • Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development,
    Donald G. Reinertsen, (Celeritas Pub, 2009)
  • Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation,
    Mike Burrows, (New Generation Publishing, 2018)
  • The OpenSpace Agility Handbook,
    Daniel Mezick, Mark Sheffield, Deborah Pontes, Harold Shinsato, Louise Kold-Taylor, & Mark Sheffield, (Freestanding Press, edition 2.2, 2015)
  • The Fractal Organization: Creating Sustainable Organizations with the Viable System Model,
    Patrick Hoverstadt, (John Wiley & Sons, 2008)
  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail,
    Clayton M. Christensen, (Harvard Business School Press, 1997)

Chapter 5, Outside in

Strategy and governance in the wholehearted organisation:

  • Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations,
    Robert D. Austin, (John Wiley & Sons, 1996)
  • Patterns of Strategy,
    Patrick Hoverstadt & Lucy Loh, (Routledge, 2017)
  • Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business,
    John Mackey & Raj Sisoda, (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014)
  • Coaching for Performance: GROWing Human Potential and Purpose: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership,
    John Whitmore, (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 4th edition, 2010)
  • Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works,
    A.G. Lafley and Roger L. Martin, (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013)
  • The Timeless Way of Building,
    Christopher Alexander, (OUP USA, 1980)

Chapter 6, Upside down

Servant Leadership and the supportive, ‘intentful’, customer-focussed organisation:

  • Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness,
    Robert K. Greenleaf, (Paulist Press, 25th Anniversary edition, 2002)
  • Brave New Work: Are You Ready to Reinvent Your Organization?,
    Aaron Dignan, (Portfolio Penguin, 2019)
  • The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results,
    Stephen Bungay, (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011)
  • Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders,
    L. David Marquet, (Portfolio, 2013)
  • Building Successful Communities of Practice: Discover How Connecting People Makes Better Organisations,
    Emily Webber, (Blurb, 2018)
  • We the people: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy,
    John Jr. Buck & Sharon Villenes, ( Press, 2nd edition, 2019)
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,
    General Stanley McChristal, with David Silverman, Tantum Collins, & Chris Fussell, (Portfolio Penguin, 2015)
  • Design Sprint: A Practical Guidebook for Building Great Digital Products,
    Richard Banfield, C. Todd Lombardo, & Trace Wax, (O’Reilly Media, 2015)
  • Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy: Survive & Thrive on Disruption,
    Jutta Eckstein & John Buck, (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)
  • From Contempt to Curiosity: Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate Using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling,
    Caitlin Walker, (Clean Publishing, 2014)


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