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Management 3.0: The Book

I don’t care for cookbooks, as in ‘5 steps to success at whatever.’ I like books that urge you to think, that present new ideas and get mental juices flowing. Jurgen’s book is in this latter category; it asks us to think about leading and managing as a complex undertaking–especially in today’s turbulent world. Management 3.0 offers managers involved in agile/lean transformations a thought-provoking guide how they themselves can ‘become’ agile.

JIM HIGHSMITH, executive consultant at ThoughtWorks, Inc., author of Agile Project Management

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Management is often the main obstacle to agile software development


Agile management is an often overlooked part of Agile. There are at least a hundred books for agile developers and project managers, but very few for agile managers and leaders.

When organizations adopt agile software development, not only developers and project managers need to learn new practices. Development managers and team leaders must also learn a different approach to leading and managing organizations.

Several studies indicate that management is the biggest obstacle in transitions to agile software development. Managers need to learn what their new role is in software development organizations in the 21st century, and how to get the best out of Agile. Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders is a half-theoretical, half-practical book will help them and this book will help you.

Don’t get tricked by the word ‘Agile’ used in the subtitle. The book isn’t really about Agile; it is about healthy, sensible and down-to-earth management. Something, which is still pretty uncommon.

PAWEL BRODZINSKI, CEO Lunar Logic, Poland’s leading Kanban proponent, and agile project manager

About the Author, Jurgen Appelo


Leadership guru Jurgen Appelo calls himself a creative networker. Since 2008 Jurgen has penned a popular blog at www.noop.nl, covering the creative economy, agile management, and personal development. He is the author of Management 3.0 and the subsequent Management 3.0 workshops. He also has written the booklet How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management and then the practical follow-up to Management 3.0, Managing for Happiness, Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly, and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network and the Stoos Network for better leaders. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world. More about the author…

How can you get your hands on a copy of Management 3.0?

Buy the Paperback on Amazon or get the Kindle edition.

Languages Available: English and Chinese

Management 3.0 Table of Contents

  1. Why Things Are Not That Simple
  2. On Agile Software Development
  3. On Complex Systems Theory
  4. The Information-Innovation System
  5. How to Energize People
  6. The Basics of Self-Organization
  7. How to Empower Teams
  8. Leading and Ruling on Purpose
  9. How to Align Constraints
  10. The Craft of Rulemaking
  11. How to Develop Competence
  12. The Landscape of Change
  13. How to Improve Everything
  14. All Is Wrong, but Some Is Useful

This book is the result of both Jurgen’s extensive experience as a team leader and agile manager and his addiction to consuming hundreds of leadership and management tomes, each of which, from modern efficiency leaders back to Adam Smith, are cited throughout the book.

An important portion of the book deals with complexity theory, and how ideas and concepts from this scientific field can be translated to management of software development teams. It aims at managers who want to become agile, and agilists who want to become managers.

Note: You will find that many footnotes in Management 3.0 point to the website mgt30.com. That website no longer exists as we have migrated those pages to this website. Much of this information can be found throughout this website You can also continue the discussion at one of our management workshops or on the Management 3.0 LinkedIn Group.

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When I first met Jurgen and learned he was writing a book based on complexity theory, I thought, ‘That sounds good, but I’ll never understand it.’ Books with words like entropy, chaos theory, and thermodynamics tend to scare me. In fact, not only did I find Management 3.0 accessible and easy to understand, I can apply the information immediately, in a practical way. It makes sense that software teams are complex adaptive systems, and a relief to learn how to apply these ideas to help our teams do the best work possible. This book will help you whether you’re a manager or a member of a software team.

Lisa Crispin, agile tester at Pivotal Labs, extreme scrum user, co-author of Agile Testing

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