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This is an often posed question. What does being agile mean? And what do we mean by agility? What what can it do for me?

I’ve got to admit, I’m not a project manager or software developer. I’m someone with a background in service management, and when I used to hear the term ‘agile’ my eyes used to glaze over.

This was until I was lucky enough to start working with Johann Botha, lead author on the enterprise service management methodology VeriSM™ and a Master in all things ‘agile’.

Johann proposed the idea of a straightforward book to me that spelt out what Agile is, what it could do for an organisation and how it could deliver tangible, real-world value. Things that Johann has been doing for years in his training and consultancy business in South Africa – get IT right.

Agile: A Manager’s Guide to Unlocking Business Value is the culmination of these efforts and is built on the training material that Johann has used and honed in his business since 2007.

The book has been reviewed by industry experts for completeness, correctness, technical accuracy and readability. Thanks must go especially to Dolf van der Haven (Yes, the man is not just an authoring machine), plus members of Johann’s extended training and consultancy team for their input.

But what does all this mean for my understanding of Agile? Well, in simple terms, I now understand what Agile is, what benefits it can have and how it can deliver value. I now know what a ‘sprint’, ‘standup’, ‘deep-dive’, and ‘kanban’ are.

This is all thanks to Johann and his book. I’ve really enjoyed working on this book, and I am confident and sincerely believe that if you want to get started with Agile and gain and understanding of what it is and the value it can deliver, there can be no better start than buying and owning a copy of Johann’s book.

Johann’s book is currently available from Amazon, ITSM Shop and soon to be in all good book stores. Agile: A Manager’s Guide to Unlocking Business Value.