Agile Practices and Tips
Agile Practices and Tips
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Agile Practices and Tips

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives
Toolbox for the Agile Coach - Visualization Examples
Forming Agile teams
Scrum Master Workbook Part 1
Patterns of Agile Journeys
Continuous Improvement

About the Bundle

Here's a bundle of books with many great tips and practices for your agile journey:

With plenty of exercises for your personal retrospective toolbox, Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives and to get more out of them.

A Toolbox for the Agile Coach:  96 Visualization Examples showing how great teams visualize their work.

The tools and techniques provided in the Forming Agile Teams workbook offer an alternative-proven way to add more structure, transparency and visibility to the work that you do when Forming Agile Teams, by combining visual explanations with techniques and tips to support Scrum Masters crucial role within the organization.

The Scrum Master Workbook Part 1 provides 15 weeks of accelerated learning. It teaches you ways to deal with conflict, bugs, interruptions, meetings and many more topics.

Patterns of Agile Journeys shares stories and patterns to help you recognize situations you may find yourself in on your own journey. Use the tips in this book to reinforce or counteract the patterns you see.

The book Continuous Improvement makes you aware of the importance of continuous improvement, explores how it is engrained in agile, and provides suggestions that Scrum masters, agile coaches, well everybody, can use in their daily work to improve continuously and increase team and organizational agility.

Together these books help you to make your agile journey easier to travel, more successful, and fun! 

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About the Books

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises
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Paperback Edition available on AmazonLulu, and Barnes & Noble.

We present you: A new agile book with many exercises for facilitating retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they bring, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

This is a book for agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who already have some experience with retrospectives. 

With this book we are offering a half year of our work to the community to help teams all over the world to get better in doing retrospectives.

Want to stay informed about retrospectives and future versions of our book?

Join us at eepurl.com/Mem7H or join Luis Goncalves Monthly Webinar right here.

This book is being translated into many languages, they are all available on Leanpub.

Ben Linders & Luis Gonçalves

About the authors

We are both active bloggers at www.benlinders.com and lmsgoncalves.com. On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.

During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that practicing different exercises helps to develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises and get more value out of them

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Gojko Adzic
Lisa Crispin
Franco Martinig
Mary Beijleveld
Jason Little
Adrian Fittolani
Mirella de Vries
Steve Berczuk
Pierre Neis
Fabian Schiller
Jesse Houwing
Henny Portman

12 reader testimonials

Toolbox for the Agile Coach - Visualization Examples

Toolbox for the Agile Coach - Visualization Examples

How great teams visualize their work
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This book is filled with visualization examples for teams on how to improve collaboration and communication, as well as shaping behaviors. It is written for people and teams working within an agile software development context.

The pages within only depict examples. Nothing else. No deep theoretical explanations. No explanation of Agile or Scrum. No references to Gamification. No discussion on how the brain interprets visual input or how our behaviors are influenced by visual information. There are other books written on those topics.

The examples in this book might be perceived as if they are the best and only way of doing things. Of course that is not true. The examples are not best practice. They are only suggestions. You need to adapt them to your team’s context and needs.

This book is not intended to be read cover to cover. Browse. Jump back and forth. Pick what you like. Combine the ideas whichever way you find useful. Experiment and evaluate. Evolve or throw away.

Have fun!

Tomas Rybing
Barry Overeem
Fredrik Scheja

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Forming Agile teams

Forming Agile teams

Techniques for structuring and get sustainable Agile teams high-performance ready
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This workbook contains a set of tools and techniques to help Scrum Masters, Facilitators, Agile Coaches and Agile Practitioners when Forming teams. It has been created mainly to share the artifacts and techniques that I’ve developed from what I’ve learned, the challenges that I’ve faced and how I’ve got through it when forming teams; I hope you get inspired to create your own version of these tools and I wish the techniques that I’m sharing here would bring new perspectives to your journey.

Wishing you all the best

Jesus

Joanna Stone
Ashis Dutt
Karin Dames
Franco Martinig

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Scrum Master Workbook Part 1

Scrum Master Workbook Part 1

15 weeks of accelerated learning
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The book is a hands on learning experience that will cover a range of topics we feel Scrum Masters need to master. We know that being a Scrum Master is not an easy job, and we are passionate about helping people on this journey. Through being Scrum Masters ourselves for many years, and coaching many people on the journey, we have a collection of lessons and skills we believe it is vital for Scrum Masters to learn.

Our hope is that this book will be like having us as your personal coach on your journey, and fast track your learning by guiding you through these lessons each week. Just like each team is different, each Scrum Master’s journey is different, so what is most important about this book is that you try things out with your own team and in your environment. Some things we suggest might work great for you, others might be a complete disaster, that’s okay. That’s how you will learn.

This book is for anyone who is looking to improve as a Scrum Master or agile coach. Because the book is filled with exercises for you to do, it will make most sense if you have a team (or more than one) that you can try things out on. 

The book is written so that it’s applicable if you are a brand new Scrum Master or someone with 5 years experience looking to revitalise your team. We will cover a lot of the basics, but as experienced coaches we know that often going back to basics is exactly what experts need.

Patterns of Agile Journeys

Patterns of Agile Journeys

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Agile Journeys entail changes that are varied and extensive. Each journey is unique, and is shaped by the people involved and the context in which they operate. At the same time, there are similarities that jump out and grab our attention when we look at more than one transition.

This book contains agile journey patterns the authors have encountered. We share these to help you recognize situations you may find yourself in on your own journey. Remember, you are not alone. Use the tips in this book to reinforce or counteract the patterns you see. Notice how they mesh and intertwine into a complex whole. To make the patterns easier to reference, we gave each pattern a name. We hope that the names will help us, and you, talk more clearly about our Agile Journeys, and understand each other more easily.

This catalog of patterns is by no means complete.  Undoubtedly, we will discover more patterns as we continue to observe and discuss Agile transitions. You will, too, we hope. May the collection continue to grow for as long as these patterns are helpful.

Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement

A toolbox for Scrum masters and Agile Coaches to increase agility
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This is a book about continuous improvement in agile software development. Continuous improvement is what makes agile work. It’s at the heart of agile, whether you use Scrum, Kanban or any other agile framework.

The goal of this book is to make you aware of the importance of continuous improvement, explore how it is engrained in agile software development, and provide suggestions that you can use in your daily work to improve continuously and increase your organization's agility.

The book is a work in progress. You can buy the eBook for a discounted price as long as the book is being updated to learn more about continuous improvement. Thanks to Leanpub you will automatically receive all future versions for free :-).

Feedback on this book is very much appreciated. Please sent your suggestions, comments, ideas or questions to BenLinders@gmail.com.

Continuous Improvement is the act of continuously doing whatever helps to become better and thus more valuable - Ben Linders.

About the Authors

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.

As an adviser, coach and trainer he helps organizations by 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 an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience 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!  info@benlinders.com

Luis Gonçalves
Luis Gonçalves

My name is Luis Goncalves and I am an Organizational Transformation Coach. I train and assist companies with Agile RetrospectiveScrum, and Scrum Master training. 

 

For more information on this topic, you can find different ideas on the list Agile Retrospectives Ideas or, for distributed teams, by clicking on Tools for Distributed Agile Retrospectives.  

 

For more information, you can visit my website to read my other blogs about Agile RetrospectivesScrumScrum Master, and general Agile topics.  

 

If you are interested in an online training, I am currently developing several online trainings that can be found: Scrum Master Training

Jimmy Janlén
Jimmy Janlén

Jimmy supports teams, companies and leaders on their journey towards agile. He often holds seminars and courses on anything agile such as Scrum, agile transformation, agile leadership, teamwork and agile culture.

Jesus Mendez
Jesus Mendez

Jesus is passionate about helping people with finding ways to reach their highest potential by offering the gift of coaching. He has contributed in delivering more than 20 projects over his combined professional career. An Agilist by heart, who has spent the last five (5) years observing, trying and experimenting with software development groups, different tools, games, activities and processes to help them walk through the stages of the group development theory proposed by Bruce W. Tuckman.

Karen Greaves
Karen Greaves

I'm an Agile Trainer and Coach at Growing Agile. I try to bring fun into everything I do whether it is work or home. At work I love helping teams and individuals find ways to improve and enjoy what they do. At home I enjoy playing xbox, cuddling with my cats, and drinking champagne.

Samantha Laing
Samantha Laing

My passion for agile is lived daily at Growing Agile. My personal motto is ‘be brave’, and I embody this by taking on challenges one small step at a time. On weekends you can find me trail running on a mountain.

Rich Valde
Rich Valde

My Agile journey began at HERE - formerly Navteq. Before ourAgile adoption, Navteq used a traditional gated development process.As a software developer, I experienced first hand the painof working in a siloed organization. Since the adoption, I haveparticipated in a Coach mentorship program and have met others inthe Agile community through conferences such as the RetrospectiveFacilitators Gathering. Before working in software, I worked asa singing waiter, musician and a voice coach for a small youththeater. My interest in technology and learning was fostered duringmy pursuit of a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

Susan DiFabio
Susan DiFabio

I spent many years as a software programmer/analyst/generalist/consultant and I watched the industry “evolve” from one where it was expected that I sit and talk (sans methodology) directly with my customer and write code to meet their needs, to one characterized by document sign-offs and Gantt charts and code freezes and blame.  Then one day in 2001 I was browsing a book-store and found the book “Planning Extreme Programming“ by Kent Beck and Martin Fowler. I bought it, I read it, and I exclaimed out loud “Oh my gosh, there are other people in the world who believe what I believe about the way things really work on software projects!”

Today I am an independent Agile coach focused on helping teams and organizations find success applying Agile principles. I witnessed first-hand the success of iterative, feedback-driven development as compared with waterfall processes. I also experienced the importance of valuing people in the pursuit of creating work places that are not only productive but also happy, humane, and creative.  I am passionate about sharing what I’ve learned and helping my clients discover the Agile journey that is right for their unique situation.

Oluf Nissen
Oluf Nissen

I heard about Agile software development while working at a small start-up company in Denmark, developing communication software for industrial process control and getting frustrated by my experiences with that. When I left the start-up to join another one, I did so purposely in order to experience Extreme Programming first hand. After somehow landing at a Fortune 50 company in Silicon Valley, I joined in the formation of an Agile Special Interest Group there in 2004. I've been a Scrum Master with training from Ken Schwaber and Jeff McKenna since 2007. I've worked on at least a handful of different teams in various geographic configurations, and in 2013-2014 I was involved in an implementation of SAFe as an internal consultant and part-time Agile coach.

Dan Neumann
Dan Neumann

I was not Agile before there was Agile. I was a Computer Science major that hired into a CPA and consulting firm right out of college. We followed a waterfall process. Plans, contracts, and process were paramount. Working software came late, and when push came to shove, manual testing got cut short. That was how I worked for a decade.

I got introduced to Agile as part of a career transition. I served as Scrum Master for both collocated and distributed teams. Collaboration with other Scrum Masters provided the first taste of "coaching." When the corporation announced the closure of our office location, I sought opportunities in other organizations that were also transitioning to, or practicing, Agile methods. That set me on a course that lead to more Agile coaching, filling that role as both a consultant and employee.

Continuous learning and engagement with others in the Agile community has been key to continuing to develop and provide value as a professional.

George Dinwiddie
George Dinwiddie

Trained in literature, I have been an organic vegetable farmer, an electronic hardware designer, and a software developer. What else do you do with a degree in English?

Today I help organizations succeed in their software development efforts, as a consultant and coach. I bring to bear decades of personal experience, lessons from Systems Thinking, a wide variety of Agile Development approaches, and an appreciation for individual and team dynamics.

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