Speaking of Agile
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Speaking of Agile

How rhetorical devices like metaphors and analogies can help make clear the changes needed to adopt an Agile mindset

About the Book

How rhetorical devices like metaphors and analogies can help make clear the changes needed to adopt an Agile mindset.

About the Author

Rich Brents
Rich Brents

I'm an Agile Coach and Scrum Master that originated in the world of database development, ventured into business analysis, and detoured briefly through project management before discovering the Agile mindset.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Defining Terms
  • Cautionary Tales
  • Agile: What’s In A Name?
    • People and Interactions
    • Working Software
    • Customer Collaboration
    • Responding to Change
  • Agile Metaphors
    • Thinking Agile
      • The Parable of The Flow
      • Riding the rails
      • What is your favorite color?
    • Trust
      • The bridge of trust
      • Replace the wiring
    • Complexity
      • Raising a child
      • Learning a new song
      • Tending a garden
  • Scrum
    • A Framework
      • Pointing at the moon
      • Going bowling
    • Roles
      • The driving instructor
      • The school teacher
    • Goals
      • Running a race
      • Ready, Fire, Aim!
    • Product Backlog Management
      • Building a boxing ring
      • The Scrum Princess
      • The electrician and the gardener
  • Customers
    • Needs and Wants
      • The tea kettle
      • The incandescent light bulb
    • Telling Stories
      • The pregnant story
      • Building on quicksand
  • Collaborators
    • Rhetorical Communication
      • A visit from extra-terrestrials
      • I heard it through the grapevine…
      • A war of words
    • Visualization
      • Swimming upstream
      • An uphill battle
  • Teams
    • Cooperation
      • And all the men and women merely players
      • A long fly ball to left field
      • Running the fast break
      • Please approach the bench
    • Collaboration
      • Crouch. Bind. Set. Specialists in the rugby scrum
      • Nine women can’t shorten pregnancy to a single month
      • Air traffic control
  • Organizations
    • Culture
      • Seeing an organization as a culture
      • Taking a trip
      • City planning
    • Agile Transformation
      • Hitting the brick wall
      • Farming
      • Competing in the Tour de France
      • Freezing a pond
      • An expedition
    • Leadership
      • A ship’s crew
      • Growing leaders
      • A leadership tree
  • Delivering Value
    • Work in Progress
      • Going out for dinner
      • Highway traffic
    • Breaking Work Down
      • The Mona Lisa
      • Writing a book
      • Building a house
      • Chipping away at a stone
    • Design considerations
      • Cutting at the joints
  • Continuous Improvement
    • Feedback
      • Commuting to work
      • Riding a bicycle
    • Experimentation
      • Building a bridge
      • Paint the bedroom
    • Retrospection
      • The sailboat
    • Administrivia
      • Suns and black holes
  • The Future
      • A Copernican revolution
  • Notes

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