Problem? What Problem?
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Last updated on 2020-06-13

About the Book

Agile emphasizes to establish teams and give them whatever they need to do their work. This book on impediments explores how teams can effectively deal with the problems that will happen in their daily work. In agile these problems are called impediments: anything that slows down a team and needs to be dealt with. Agile teams need to be able to handle impediments.

This is the first book specifically about dealing with impediments using agile thinking and practices. In this book, I explain why dealing with impediments matters and provide a process to deal effectively with impediments. I'm also sharing experience stories from my practice as a team member, Scrum master, consultant, coach, adviser, and trainer. 

The book is based on my experience as a developer, tester, team leader, project manager, quality manager, process manager, consultant, coach, trainer, and adviser in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement. It dives into problem solving and impediments, viewing them from different perspectives and provides ideas, suggestions, practices, and experiences that will help you to become more effective in dealing with impediments.

I'm aiming this book at agile teams, Scrum masters, agile coaches, consultants, developers and testers, project managers, line managers, and CxOs; basically for anyone who is looking for an effective way to handle impediments or support people in doing that.

The full package includes two successful Agile Coaching Tools:

About the Author

Ben Linders
Ben Linders

Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality, and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. Author of Getting Value out of Agile RetrospectivesWaardevolle Agile RetrospectivesWhat Drives Quality and Continuous Improvement. Creator of the Agile Self-assessment Game.

As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations with deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers.

Ben is a well-known speaker and author; he’s much respected for sharing his experiences and helping others share theirs. His books and games have been translated into more than 12 languages and are used by professionals in teams and organizations all around the world.

Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean, and Quality, and a well known speaker and author. He shares his experiences in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Culture and Methods at InfoQ, and as an expert in communities like ComputableQuoraDZone, and TechTarget. Follow him on twitter: @BenLinders.

In need of advice, consultancy, training? Have a question? Contact me!


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Reader Testimonials

Scott Duncan
Scott Duncan

Lead Coach & Trainer at Agile Software Qualities

Impediments. Problems. Nobody wants them. You probably can't avoid them. They're often no fun to deal with. They may push you into difficult conversations/discussions. This book is a very useful resource for figuring out how to navigate them. Ben has collected a wide range of experience-based advice that you will find helpful.

Thomas Cagley
Thomas Cagley

Transformation Coach

Teams find problems that impact their ability to deliver value. The question is, what then? Ben Linders steps into the gap between finding a problem and living happily ever after with his new book, Problem? What Problem? This book directly addresses problem-solving at a level that agile teams can use, right now!

David Spinks
David Spinks

Agile Adventurer, PST, AKT

When working in an agile way, problems and impediments are quickly revealed. But what then? What are we actually supposed to do about it? With years of experience in the software development industry, Ben Linders provides a go-to resource in Problem? What Problem? that is full of practical advice for individuals, teams and organisations seeking strategies to deal with their problems.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • My Experience with Solving Problems
    • What’s In This Book
    • Using the Book
  • Problem Solving and Impediments
    • Impediments and Signals
    • Dealing with Impediments
    • There Will Be Problems
    • Agile Mindset and Thinking
    • Agile Teams Deal with Problems Themselves
    • We Can’t Solve All Impediments
  • Dealing with Impediments in Teams
    • Recognizing Impediments
    • Understanding How Impediments Hinder Teams
    • Exploring Effective Solutions
    • Deciding on the Actions
  • Intermezzo: Agile Frameworks and Methods
    • Scrum
    • Scaled Agile Framework
    • Large Scale-Scrum
    • Scrum@Scale
    • Other Methods and Frameworks
  • Handling Impediments Beyond the Team Level
    • Systemic Impediments
    • Handling Systemic Impediments
    • Recognizing Systemic Impediments
    • Understanding the Impact Impediments Have
    • Exploring Effective Solutions to Systemic Impediments
    • Deciding on Organizational-wide Actions
    • Dealing with Organizational-wide Impediments
  • Increasing your Problem-solving Effectiveness
    • Understand What You Are Trying to Solve
    • Decide as a Team
    • Don’t Try to Change Everything at Once
    • Listen to Each Other
    • Manage your Impediments
    • Managers, Support your Teams
    • Organize for Continuous Improvement
    • Handling Impediments Effectively
  • Agile Coaching Tools for Impediments
  • Training and Support
  • About the Author
  • Bibliography

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