The Little Book of Impediments
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The Little Book of Impediments

About the Book

It’s day one of the most exciting project of your career. You and your team are going to build the next great social media website! The potential rewards you will reap are exceeded only by how daunting the deadlines are. The whole team is energized and gets right down to business. You’re all slinging code day and night, heads-down and in the flow. During one of your rare free moments during the day you pause and take a look around you. Right then it hits you: this is one of the best teams you’ve ever worked with! You all rock!

  • And then somebody mentions that IT won’t give the team a place to build their code for another six weeks.
  • And the security team wants to review all of your code, but they can’t get around to it for another 2 months.
  • And your lead developer? Your main man? The man with a plan? His dog just died.

Suddenly, you are totally screwed.

That’s what impediments feel like. It doesn’t feel very good does it? All of a sudden, the project that looked like a guaranteed “win” just became a lot more likely to fail.

The impediments that teams deal with are perhaps one of the most under appreciated subjects in the project management world. When not uncovered and resolved, impediments can do harm to an otherwise well run project in ways that are often subtle and easy to miss.

That's what this book is all about: how you find, track, and destroy impediments.

About the Author

Tom hates impediments - so much so that he wrote a book about it. Tom has been in software development for over 20 years. He has worked with teams at startup companies, large corporations in the Fortune 100 and the State and Federal Government. His background includes testing, development, project/program management, agile coaching/mentoring and training. Tom speaks at a wide variety of software development conferences all over the world on a wide variety of agile project management topics. He can be reached at @tlperry on Twitter and by email at

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • What is an Impediment?
    • A Definition
    • Be Audacious
    • Examples of Impediments
    • What is a Risk?
    • Risk Management
    • Risk/Impediment Lifecycle
    • The Virtuous Cycle
    • The Vicious Cycle
    • Classification
    • Summary
  • Discovering Impediments
    • Missing Context
    • Perspective
    • Acclimatization
    • Complacency
    • Expand Scope
    • Break the Rules
    • Indulge Your Perfectionist
    • Change Your Perspective
    • Review Your Goals
    • Speed Up
    • Impediment Mining
    • Summary
  • Managing Impediments
    • Overview
    • Process
    • Tracking
    • Scaling
    • Roles
    • Summary
  • Removing Impediments
    • Who is Responsible for Resolving Impediments?
    • How do You Resolve Impediments?
    • Focus!
    • Summary
  • Impediments Toolkit
    • Impediments Game
    • Outlook Mining
    • Alligator Review
    • Visualize Your Impediments
    • Impediments Bullseye
    • Impediments Scorecard/Radar
    • Impediments Log
    • Let’s Release Tomorrow!
    • Going on Safari
    • Speed Drills
    • Sphere of Influence
  • Gaming Impediments
    • Gamification
    • Fearless Journey
    • Most Wanted Board
    • Acknowledgement
    • Summary
  • Further Reading
    • Internet
    • Books
  • Acknowledgements
  • Working with the Author
    • How I can partner with you

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