About the Bundle
All currently available LeanPub books by Allan Kelly, 2014-2023
Succeeding with OKRs in Agile (2nd edition)
How to create & deliver Objectives Key Results for teams
Praise for the first edition:
"This is absolutely brilliant book. If you really wants to learn more regarding OKR in Agile and other important stuff related to it you must read this book. It's truly a master piece."
"Super easy to read, with clear chapter summaries. Lots of solid content that is not hidden amongst fluff. Straight to the point and a must have for any agile practitioner curious about okrs"
"Having read other books that argue strongly for OKRs as a panacea to achieve a high-performing organisation, the perspectives here from Allan are balanced, informed by lived experience and provide patterns and anti-patterns to watch for. Insightful and powerful - thank you Allan for sharing such well-considered feedback."
"Allan's writing is perfect for busy managers who need to set objectives and form initiatives that satisfy diverse stakeholders. Plus, it doesn't sugar-coat OKRs - they are part of a management system - not a medicine. Overall, a wonderfully concise and easy to read guide to using OKRs. Highly recommended."
OKRs are important to agile teams because they deal with big thing, they think forward and they engage with senior leaders.
OKRs are about goals bigger than the next story.
OKRs prioritise purpose and strategy over backlogs.
Does your agile team get lead astray by burning fires? Do you struggle to keep your agile team focused?
Do you feel the need for more than just doing the top of the backlog every two weeks?
Then this hands-on, experience informed book is for you. Acclaimed author Allan Kelly describes why you will want to use OKRs, how to write OKRs, how to execute against OKRs in an agile environment to deliver outcomes, and what pitfalls and problems to avoid.
In this book he doesn't try to sell OKRs - others can tell you why OKRs are great. Allan describes his practical experience working with an agile team adopting OKRs, day-by-day, quarter-by-quarter.
Allan is the author of multiple books on agile and has given advice and training for over 10 years. Now he turns his attention to OKRs.
Allan’s advice includes: be really specific in setting goals, involve the whole team in setting OKRs, think broad when setting then execute narrowly, set analogue not binary OKRs and, most controversially, throw away your backlog and let OKRs drive everything you do.
Initially sceptical about OKRs Allan found them a good fit with agile; OKRs became an effective means of focus teams, exposing problems, communicating with senior managers and a powerful means of asking bigger questions about product strategy and value.
OKRs and agile work well together because they are both outcome oriented and results focused. When used right OKRs give power and authority to teams - one could even say OKRs create test first management.
Yet OKRs can be a double edge-sword, used poorly they can re-introduce command-and-control and hinder agile working. Allan addresses problems with predictability, aspirations, culture, targets and annual reviews.
A Little Book about Requirements and User Stories
Heuristics for requirements in an agile world
User Stories and more - well, a bit about requirements and backlogs actually.
- How to Write Small Stories That Still Have Value
- They Can Help You Write Better User Stories
- Are systems systems role?
- Stories, Epics, and Tasks: Organizing Agile Requirements
- Defining Acceptance Criteria for Agile Requirements
- Acceptance criteria, Specifications and tests
- Definition of Done
- Non-functional requirements and what we can learn from them
- Managing dependencies between stories
- Assigning value
- Forward planning
- Backlog management
An agile alternative to projects
In a digital world business must develop software, the business must grow and the software must grow. The project model doesn't reflect this world because projects end. In the digital world both software and business are continual. So management needs a new model.
This books sets out the Continuous model of software development based on continuous work streams. Continuous Digital is a logical continuation of agile software development which enables continuous delivery.
The #NoProjects movement has successfully set out the problems with project thinking over the last three years but has rightly been criticised for not elaborating on what should replace the project model. This volume sets out to address that problem. This book focused on describing an alternative to projects and for completeness contains a critique of the project model.
This volume is divided four parts:
Part 1: An alternative
1. Omni present software
2. Software as an Asset
3. Higher purpose
4. Team-centric development
5. Work to be done
7. Summarizing the alternative model
Part 2: Interlude
8. Diseconomies of scale
9. Diseconomies and risk
10. Living with diseconomies
12. Time-value profiles and elastic deadlines
13. I need it yesterday!
14. Theory X,Theory Y and strategy
16. Piecemeal growth
Part 3: Teams
17. Devolved decision-making
18. Team strategy
19. Stable teams
20. Team life cycle
21. Team life cycle – another example
Part 4: Money
22. Real options and venture capital
23. Continuous governance
25. Assets and accounting
26. Money trouble
The individual parts of Continuous Digital are (or will soon be) available as individual publications.
6 reader testimonials
Update: Project Myopia is now on Amazon.
Project Myopia is no long available on LeanPub.
Electronic and physical version of Project Myopia are now on Amazon. (That link is to Amazon UK, Project Myopia is also available on Amazon USA, Germany, Japan, etc. etc.)
About Project Myopia #NoProjects
Consider the well known success troika for projects:
- On schedule delivery
- On budget delivery
- On quality delivery
Think about this list of criteria, can you see identify a problem with these criteria?
This particular project success troika dominates project thinking. But something is missing: value. These “success” criteria do not consider the importance of the value created by the project.
Books to be written
A non-fictions author's how-to guide to writing, publishing & marketing you own books
What I have learned about writing books, working with publishers and self-publishing, using LeanPub.com and getting sales through Amazon
So much has been written about Agile that is sometimes seems there is little new to say. The essays in this mini-book attempt to get under the skin of Agile and look at how it works in real life, they attempt to help those new to Agile make it work.
This mini-book is intended to supplement courses offered by Software Strategy Ltd, hence the title "Agile Reader." The essays have been selected to support the course material and provide additional information.
Xanpan appendix - Management and team
Team Centric Agile Software Development
- Management heuristics
- Team heuristics
- Nature of the team
- Constaining laws for teams
- Team composition
- Bug management strategies
Team Centric Agile Software Development
Xanpan is… a cross between XP and Kanban… is an example of a roll-your-own method… is team centric agile software development... is distilled from Allan Kelly’s own experiences running development teams and then helping multiple teams adopt Agile working methods and practices. Xanpan draws ideas from Kanban and Lean, XP and Scrum, Product Management and Business Analysis, and many other places.
Allan tells the Xanpan story through a series of boards which tell the story of different teams. In between he fills in the principles, practices and thinking which together constitutes Xanpan.
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