The FLEX Online Book Series

Net Objectives is currently writing a series of books on FLEX (FLow for Enterprise Transformation) and related topics. These include:

Achieving Business Agility at Small to Mid-Scale

This is an introduction to FLEX (FLow for Enterprise Transformation), Net Objectives’ method of working with small to small-scale organizations. This is based on 20 years of experience with Agile and 13 years of Agile at scale. It transcends Agile and is focused on achieving business Agility – the quick realization of value predictably, sustainably and with high quality. In a nutshell, FLEX provides a way to decide how it is best to start on your Lean-Agile transformation, then provides guidance on how to improve it. Unlike other frameworks it does not demand particular practices but rather guides you to improvements through the use of principles. By providing well-defined starting points based on your needs and then a way to guide your improvement FLEX takes advantage of proven methods while tailoring them to your needs.

FLEX is not your normal framework based on values, principles and set practices. Rather it works by providing:

  • a focus on actual Agile work instead of just practices which hopefully will achieve agility
  • a starting point based on your culture, knowledge, type of work done, other factors. This starting point pulls from all popular frameworks and methods so you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
  • a guide on how users of it can tell if a change is likely to be an improvement or not

This enables an organization to start with a tailored approach and continue learning.

Simplifying SAFe® With FLEX: An Enhanced Approach to Achieving Business Agility

This book discusses how to use FLEX to improve SAFe adoptions. SAFe is being used at all scales now. Unfortunately, SAFe has grown more complex as it has grown. Much of this complexity can be avoided keeping the essence of SAFe that attracts people to it, but substituting a simpler, yet more effective, Lean Portfolio and Product Management system. While this book will be of value to anyone using or considering SAFe, it is designed for those development groups with less than 1000 people in them.

Lean-Agile at the Team: A Lean Approach to Scrum and Kanban

This book discusses “Team-Agility” the combination of Scrum and Kanban within Lean-Thinking. The debate should not be Scrum or Kanban. It should be about how do we use Lean to our best advantage? This book comes from the source of both Scrum and Kanban and shows how to do Agile at the team level in an effective manner.