Overview – Concepts for good organization, work and leadership

Over the course of the last two years I started to assemble groupings of methods, concepts and approaches that I feel anybody who has a role to organize and develop work should be aware of.

Yes, of course this especially means managers and leaders of companies.

Concepts that you don’t know limit your possibilities to choose the best options for your organization.

I hope this will be helpful and interesting to you. If you download the PDF file, you can click on most of these concepts and get to an explanatory resource.


I love 💪 organization! Because with great organization, the same people (!) can reach twice, four times, eight times the results than with bad organization. Or reach them at all and not fail. Or reduce their delivery time 60fold. Or [many more benefits] …

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And feel more fulfillment and personal development without working “harder” or longer.

It is a huge lever! The biggest anyone can hope for. And it is totally possible and has been done plenty of times. It does take a consequent approach, lots of learning, failures included, and discipline.

I was inspired by a small collection of Lean and Agile practices in the Agile Practice Guide by Agile Alliance on which I built.

But what good does it do if, for example, a manager knows Lean and Agile methods, but doesn’t know about the limitations and workings of the human brain, about biases and importance of safety/security for performance?

The result will be, as is often, that they overload themselves and the whole organization.

That is why I added the 2nd group of methods to the left of Lean and Agile.

And a 3rd widespread way of working is in projects (sometimes that is a good choice, sometimes not). So I gathered project management methods, reaching from “classical” to hybrid or agile (like AgilePM/DSDM).

Of course, there are specialized bodys of knowledge for anything and everything that are not on here – for programs, portfolios, requirements, risk etc. pp. I see them as deepening knowledge of the methods shown.

I have a lot more resources on these concepts and methods, but you can only link to one specific information. If you’d like to exchange in more detail on one or more of these concepts, feel free to contact me.

I try to stay as neutral as possible, so many of the links go to the English Wikipedia article on the subject – which might not be the best explanation, but “neutral”. For the same reason, I link to book information on Google books, not some … often-used, very large online retailer … 😉. Who, by the way, uses many of the mentioned organizational concepts like TOC, Scrum, DevOps/SRE and many more very consequently, and was a source of further developing several of them. Which is a main reason why they are so successful.

This grouping is subjective and certainly not “complete”.

For example the few concrete books named in the collection. I will write in more detail about Team Topologies, for example, which I find highly relevant!

And “How Big Things Get Done” for anyone working in projects.

Or the current “Wiring the Winning Organization

… This and others could and will develop with my personal horizon.

I think there are people who really have a grasp of any serious organizational concept that has been developed, but they are rather few. I certainly am not one of them.

If you like to add comments and further aspects that you find relevant, please do so in the comments.

My best regards,

Thorsten Speil

We can all live in peace together, if we really try. And we should try very hard. It is so important.

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