Going Beyond Lean and Agile: Introducing FLEX – FLow for Enterprise Transformation (online book)

This is a book designed to help you transform your organization, or if you are consultant, another organization, by attending to the science of flow combined with the complexity of human and organizational behavior. It is not a particular way that is branded by the authors, but rather a scientific approach pulling from all known disciplines that add value to this difficult endeavor.

Organization of This Book

After a brief overview of FLEX, the book is divided into 5 parts. The first two present an overview of the approach with integrated exercises to have readers work through how to follow the approach. Part III goes into greater depth on most of the topics in the first two parts. This enables the reader to work through the book at their own pace – either reading the first two parts through, or going into part III as desired to go deeper into the issues. Part IV is for anyone doing or considering SAFe that wants to see a better way. Part V is a special place on our portal for putting additional methods as they are created.

Part I: Workbook: understanding what is required for flow in your organization

This section takes the reader through a series of exercises so that they learn:

  • the goal of business agility
  • how to identify their from a value stream perspective
  • what work is useful and work what isn’t
  • how to identify the impediments to flow in their organization
  • why and how to create an intake process

Part II: Workbook: Using FLEX to transform your organization

This part provides insights on how the reader can create a transformation path for their organization.

Part III: Topics in depth

Part I is intentionally written in a minimalist manner so that it serves as a small guidebook. However, the topics used in part one need more explanation to be full effective. In depth chapters on each of the Part I topics are presented here for the reader to read when they need them.

Part IV: Using FLEX with SAFe

FLEX can be used to both simplify and make SAFe more effective regardless of the level of SAFe being used. This part is particularly useful for programs that are in organizations that have mandated the use of SAFe but which the programs are finding SAFe does not really meet their needs.

Part V: Resources on the Net Objectives Portal

This part is on the Net Objectives portal since these resources are continuously being added to.

How to Use This Book

It is suggested that the reader go through the workbooks in the order they are presented. However, as they work through these first two parts, they should read any topics in Part III as interested. The panel on the right presents you with a table of contents which you can use to navigate as you wish.