About the Book
In 2011, the agile manifesto turned 10 years old. Some of the agile methodologies are even 5 to 10 year older. In the agile world, we pay a lot of attention to the people in the teams. Thanks to mailing lists and social media, agile leaders are very approachable. Yet we don't know them. This book gives you access to learn a little more about agilists. You will find all kinds of people in this book, people who have been on the Agile Alliance board, Gordon Pask Award winners, Scrum masters, Scrum trainers, people who started movements, people who organized agile conferences, famous authors, hard core teammembers, etc.You will also read about people who don't consider themselves agilists. They are in this book because they have inspired agilists, and we dare to say that they actually agree with what we call an agile mindset.
All these people have 2 things in common: they are interesting people and they have remarkable stories.
Yves send them all the same set of questions and asked them to select an extra question from someone else.The answers have been posted on Yves' blog for a while. The book contains one extra answer, per person.
We have finished adding people to the book. It now contains answers from 89 people.
When we have finished and polished the book, we take a nice break and then start of Volume 2 https://leanpub.com/WhoisagileVolume2
(The "Who is" backlog contains +250 people, the order of publication is in order of answers received.)
These are the questions we asked:
What is something people usually don’t know about you but has influenced you in who you are?If you would not have been in IT, what would have become of you?What is your biggest challenge and why is it a good thing for you?What drives you ?What is your biggest achievement?What is the last book you have read?What question do you think I should also ask and what is the answer?What question of one of the co-authors do you also want to answer?Who should be the next person to answer these questions?
Have fun reading their answers.
Andrea Chiou, Peter Doomen, Marcin Floryan, Yves Hanoulle
This is what other people say about the book:
Johnnos Nose: http://johnnosnose.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/returning-to-who-is-agile.htmlJohanna Rothmann: http://www.jrothman.com/blog/mpd/2012/02/who-is-agile-a-book-on-leanpub.htmlShane Hastie from InfoQ: http://www.infoq.com/news/2012/02/agile-who-whoThe podcast: the agile revolution episode 31: http://www.theagilerevolution.com/episode-31-an-apple-a-day Vickie Gray: http://simplerulesandtools.com/2012/06/06/who-is-agile/Portia Tung: http://www.selfishprogramming.com/2012/04/28/who-is-agile/ScrumDesk : http://www.scrumdesk.com/the-book-who-is-agile/
Leanpub Interviewed Yves Hanoulle about the book and the service: http://blog.leanpub.com/2012/05/yves-hanoulle-podcast.html
In 2022, Yves started a video edition of this book on youtube.
About the Editors
The Agile community knows Yves Hanoulle from his many contributions, such as the public Agile conferences Google calendar, his Agile Thursday Quiz, the coach retreats and conferences he’s paired to organize, daily coaching questions via @Retroflections, and the Agile Games Google group, just to name a few. He promoted PairCoaching, an idea which has been adopted by many agile trainers and coaches. He’s constantly learning, and passing on what he learns as a coach and trainer to organizations large and small.
A self-identified change artist and first follower, one of Yves’ unique qualities is that he gives free lifetime support on anything he does: every client, everything he writes and presents, every workshop he leads.
Yves believes in maintaining a sustainable pace both professionally and personally. Yves has parentpair programmed an android game with his 13 year old son www.anguis.be You can learn more about Yves at http://www.hanoulle.be/yves-hanoulle/, and find him on social media as YvesHanoulle.
I am an agile coach working and living in Reston, Virginia who has been studying and using Clean Language, Symbollic Modeling, and Systemic Modeling since 2012. My interest in Clean Language comes from a deep desire to learn to accept each person exactly as they are and to support them in who they want to become. Through clean language I have learned to stay curious, rather than to advise, judge, or fix people, when coaching. I edit/create the Who Is books because they contribute to this wonderful community and broaden the reach of these tools in a very personal way - through the stories of individuals whose lives these tools have changed. I founded the company Connections At Work, LLC to promote these skills in the workplace as well.
I continually learn to develop better software and to develop software better, to help others do it and to share that knowledge. I like to share my passion and enthusiasm by speaking publicly to communities small and large and occasionally writing some thoughts at http://marcin.floryan.pl/
Working on the Who Is Agile is a great opportunity to help share great stories with the community and yet another opportunity for me to learn. Thank you Yves.
Peter is a full-time enterprise architect at SD Worx, a leading HR company, and vice president of the Belgian Chapter of the Association of Enterprise Architects.
In his spare time, he is a wine taster and member of the National Committee of the Flemish Wine Guild (Vlaamse Wijngilde). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Ken Wijn-magazine, the largest Flemish wine magazine, and 2013 National Champagne Ambassador.
A software development professional and an enterprise level agile practitioner.
I am a freelance editor with more than 25 years of experience editing technical publications.