Info-Ops by Daniel Markham [Leanpub PDF/iPad/Kindle]
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Completed on 2018-06-21

About the Book

Move beyond the Agile Manifesto and use the secrets top Agile coaches use to set up and keep User Stories and other project information simple and constantly-aligned, delivering true value in fast-paced, highly-complex environments.

Info-Oos is for people organizing product information. It teaches you to organize any kind of project information you have in the minimum amount of space necessary and so that each piece works together with the other pieces to provide more value than if you just kept it all separately stuffed in directories all over the place.

A "project" is any effort where folks creatively make something that didn't exist before: an app, a deck, a game, and so on. Doing something by an instruction list wouldn't be a project. If you're not thinking up creative stuff to make stuff people want, this book isn't for you.

Once you learn all of that, there is also a tool in the second part that allows you to gather and store all of your information using your favorite text editor. There's even a SublimeText plugin to do syntax highlighting. You don't have to use the tool, but you can do your work faster if you do. If you decide to use the tool, there's help for plugging the tool into the rest of your DevOps pipeline. This means that information can flow around your organization continuously, just like code should be flowing out to your production environment continuously (After having passed tests, of course. Insert long discussion here about CI/CD/DevOps) 

Since the ultimate goal is continuous information delivery using most all of the same ideas as DevOps, the title of the book is "Info-Ops"

This book is scoped down to one person or team building stuff people want after the Product Owner figures out what they need. The sequel, Info-Ops2, will be about huge groups of people and teaching Product Owners how to figure out what they want. Without reading this book, the second book won't make much sense.

You'll learn how things like user stories, backlog refinement, emergent design, and story mapping work. You'll learn new concepts such as Test-Driven Analysis, Continuous Information Flow, the Analysis Canvas, and an Analysis Compiler. Written in simple language and with quirky examples, this easy-to-understand book explains how to create and maintain a shared mental model and how to use that model to create value and delight your customers.

You can read a review of Info-Ops on the Programming Zen website.

About the Author

Daniel Markham
Daniel Markham

Daniel wrote his first contract program when he was 16 for a local bookkeeper using BASIC and an Apple IIe. Since then, he's spent his career at the intersection of what people need and teams that make good things happen. He ran a local software shop, consulted nationally as a programmer, and spoke at several conferences. As his consulting career continued, he moved from senior developer to tech lead, then architect, then architect team lead, then technical project manager, then release manager.

As an active coder and manager, for the last several years Daniel has spent time with clients as an Agile/XP Technical Coach, helping them rediscover how to discover and create value at speed. His clients include several Fortune 100 companies all over North America. He appears along with Uncle Bob in the Clean Coder F# Case Study.

Reader Testimonials

Simon Ouderkirk
Simon Ouderkirk

Data Analysis, Marketing, WordPress.com

We engage in a lot of project based work; the two-sided problem of considering information flow and information flow design for both our stakeholders and for the underlying data structures. Going into Info-Ops I was pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't your standard business book - it was relevant, had actionable advice, and was written by someone who had experience doing the kind of work that I do. For someone who reads their fair share of business books, this was a breath of fresh air!

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Engineer

At first I thought you were a funny guy, but arrogant. After reading the beginning of this book, I realize you're not actually arrogant - just really fucking capable. This may be the best book about process analysis I've ever read. OK, this may be the only book about process analysis I've ever read, but damn. This stuff is truly fantastic. Very, very well-considered and thought-provoking. I find this roughly on par, in its level of thought-provocation, as Doug Hofstadter's work. Damned fine work

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

Network Management Consultant

If you want to be more agile you need to read this book. Daniel uses example information from real world stories to build a case for how to think differently about how your work gets accomplished. The first part identifies the importance of communication, experience, and understanding where you are in the scope of a thing. Focus on the heart of what needs to be done, keeping it simple, with just enough detail to cut across the skills of the team. A few good notes can be all it takes to begin.

Ola Ellnestam
Ola Ellnestam

Software Developer, Team Coach/Lead

My job is to balance software development with regards to process, delivery and collaboration. This book gave me a concrete way of looking at, understanding and managing the information that flows through a software development effort. It helped me understand underlying problems, gave me new ideas on how to work more pragmatically with semantics in software development. It will help you create a shared mental model in your team and beyond, and become the grease between business and tech.

Jarek Porwoł
Jarek Porwoł

Software Engineer

Parts of this book are stories, that, while being interesting on their own, help explain what information is, and how to extract and handle it. Other parts are about human interactions, doing the right thing and not just waving hammers. And about possums. And weasels. Very thought provoking. I read it once and it already is paying off. I'm using ideas Daniel put in easily digested form in my daily work with my team, and clients. Partially thanks to that book? I got a promotion at work!

Russ Lewis
Russ Lewis

Senior Partner, Storm Consulting

Teams ‘create mental models’ and ‘make analytical leaps’ as if those are real and not some kind of black art. A few great writers have tried to explain it. They haven't done very well. Daniel has a remarkable gift. He’s funny and entertaining, yet without realizing what’s happening, he has you thinking in his terms. Whilst you’re enjoying the metaphor of directing a scene in an alien invasion movie, he’s got your mind sorting and organizing. His gift is explaining how to perform the black magic.

Adam Beck
Adam Beck

Agile Coach

This book really helped me understand more deeply not only how people really communicate but also to learn HOW to ensure a company is building the right products and why that's important to survival. In listening to the wisdom of product development thought-leaders like Daniel Markham, it's easy to see how we can avoid career-and-company-destroying mistakes while enjoy the success that well-placed products in the right market can provide.

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