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The (Delicate) Art of Bureaucracy

Join IT Revolution and Enterprise Strategist for AWS and prolific author Mark Schwartz for an interactive reading experience in our private book club on Slack.

The (Delicate) Art of Bureaucracy reveals a new (empowering) model for the often soul-shattering, frustrating, Kafkaesque nightmare we call bureaucracy. Through humor, a healthy dose of history and philosophy, and real-life examples, Schwartz shows IT leaders (and the whole of business) how to master the ways of the Monkey, the Razor, and the Sumo Wrestler to create a lean, learning, and enabling bureaucracy.

Book Club Dates: October 19–23, 2020

The Book Club

Each day we'll provide prompts for discussion related to the selected chapters for that day.

The author will also be available for an exclusive AMA with book club members!

Plus more giveaways and goodies to come!

How to Participate

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Purchase the Book

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Send your receipt for entry into the book club.

Meet Us on Slack
We'll email you a link to join on October 18.

All activities take place in the private Slack channel.

Discussion Schedule



October 19: Introduction through Chapter 2


October 20: Chapters 3 through 5


October 21: Chapters 6 through 8


October 22: Chapter 9 through 10
Plus, AMA with author Mark Schwartz @ 10:30 am (PST)


October 23: Chapters 11 through 15 (The Playbook)

About the Author

As an Enterprise Strategist for Amazon Web Services, Mark Schwartz uses his extensive CIO wisdom to advise the world’s largest companies on the obvious: time to move to the cloud, guys. As the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he provoked the federal government into adopting Agile and DevOps practices. Mark speaks frequently on innovation, change leadership, bureaucratic implications of DevOps, and using Agile practices in low-trust environments. With a BS in computer science from Yale, a master’s in philosophy from Yale, and an MBA from Wharton, Mark is either an expert on the business value of IT or just confused and much poorer.

Mark is the author of The Art of Business Value, A Seat at the Table, and War and Peace and IT and the winner of a Computerworld Premier 100 award, an Amazon Elite 100 award, a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 award, and a CIO Magazine CIO 100 award. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The Publisher

IT Revolution’s mission is to bridge the divide between the front lines of organizational digital transformation and the agents of change helping to deliver better value through software faster, safer, and happier.

At IT Revolution, we work together with industry thought leaders to expand the dynamic repository of knowledge available to the technology and business community.

At our DevOps Enterprise Summit, we bring the community face-to-face with innovative thinkers and practitioners in the midst of transformation.

And now, we’re thrilled to introduce a new opportunity that brings together the DevOps Enterprise community and the breadth of learning available in the books we’ve published—the IT Revolution Book Club.

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