Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility

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"This is one of the most important Agile books since The Phoenix Project." ―Charles Betz, Principle Analyst, Forrester Research


It's no secret that we are living in the Digital Age. Technology companies make up seven of the world's ten largest firms by market capitalization. And the key to their success is the key to all modern organizations.


Jonathan Smart, business agility practitioner, thought leader, and coach, reveals the patterns and antipatterns that will help organizations from every industry deliver better value sooner, safer, and happier through high levels of engagement, inclusion, and empowerment. Through his decades of experience in the technology world, Smart provides business leaders with a blueprint for creating a world-class organization of the future.


Through Agile and Lean ways of working, business leaders can empower teams to improve production, grow together, and create better services for their customers. These better ways of working have overflowed from the IT department to every corner of successful organizations, taking root in every industry from aerospace to accounting, insurance to shipping.


This book is not about software development. It is not a book about the computer industry. This book is about applying agility across the entire organization. It's a book that will put you at the front of change and ahead of the competition.


"A true business-wide perspective on Digital Transformation and the need for whole business agility." ―Adam Banks, Non Executive Director and Former CTIO of AP Moller Maersk


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From the Publisher

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Better Value Sooner Safer Happier (BVSSH)

BVSSH is here to help you on your unique journey to better ways of working in the Age of Digital. The BVSSH way focuses on outcomes that apply across the organization, not just IT.

● Better = Quality

● Value = OKRs

● Sooner = Flow

● Safer = Continuous Compliance

● Happier = Colleagues, Customers, Citizens, and Climate

Antipatterns, Patterns, and Principles for Better Ways of Working

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BVSSH, antipatterns for ways of working

BVSSH, antipatterns for ways of working

BVSSH, antipatterns for ways of working

BVSSH, antipatterns for ways of working

Each chapter presents common antipatterns. An antipattern is a common response to a situation that, more often than not, is ineffective and risks being highly counterproductive. Antipatterns are approaches that have been seen many times to not optimize for outcomes, sometimes setting an organization back many years and creating organizational scar tissue and a strong headwind.

Each chapter contains corresponding patterns. A pattern is a response to a situation that, more often than not, is effective and improves desired outcomes, of course with ups and downs, backs and forths, and swings and roundabouts, as it’s all about people. A pattern can help create a tailwind for change. It has repeatedly improved outcomes and becomes “sticky.”

With each chapter comes a number of principles to guide behavior and the millions of decisions that are made every day. Specific practices emerge by applying the principles to a unique context and by using coaching and experimentation. The intentionally long list provided in this book is intended to help you get started. Your context and impediments will determine which are more important to encourage.

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