The Agile Mind-Set
The Agile Mind-Set
Making Agile Processes Work
About the Book
“Too often we focus on implementation, process, and logistics without considering the broader context.” –Cameron Turner, Engineering Director, D2L
“The Agile Mind-Set explains the piece of the Agile puzzle that most organizations are missing.” –Roger Brown, Agile Coach, Agile Crossing
“This book urgently needs to be read by leaders and managers who plan to hop onto the Agile bandwagon. It will help you see through the briar-patch of branded services and ossified processes, to the original intent of ‘Agile.’” –Rob Myers, Principal Coach/Instructor, Agile Institute
“Gil Broza’s book has the tools, options, and practices to help people start, restart, think, rethink, grow, and improve their implementation of Agile by grasping the underpinning mind-set.” –Gunther Verheyen, Shepherding Professional Scrum at Scrum.org
“I return to The Agile Mind-Set repeatedly for inspiration and guidance, and always come away with a constructive way of approaching a challenging situation.” –Michael Goitein, Principal Project Manager, Mobiquity
“I want to give this book to every executive and manager who asks why the transition is taking so long. I also recommend it for all Agile practitioners as a valuable source of insight beyond the processes and techniques described in other books.” –Roger Brown
“Gil Broza is a kindred spirit to the pioneers of the Agile movement. He reminds us of the core values, principles, and behaviors of this enduring effort to bring joy and delight to producing software. To those new to the pursuit, he brings a lantern for the journey.” –Rich Sheridan, CEO, Menlo Innovations
Gil Broza, founder and principal mentor at 3P Vantage, has been supporting Agile leaders and their teams since 2004. Gil’s guidance helps professionals adopt effective, humane, and responsible approaches to software development. His previous book was The Human Side of Agile.
---> ** Gil will donate the royalties from your purchase to a kids' charity. **
Table of Contents
- What People Are Saying About The Agile Mind-Set
- Foreword by Jim Highsmith
- Foreword by Linda Rising
Chapter 1: The Big Picture
- Elements of a Mind-Set
- Agile Values
- Agile Beliefs
- Agile Principles
- When Is Agile a Good Fit?
Chapter 2: Deciding What to Work On
- Outcome and Purpose
- Field Testing
- Deferring Decisions
Chapter 3: Planning the Work
- Managing Complexity
- Planning for Less
- Splitting Items
Chapter 4: Engaging People
- People Are Not Resources
- Imperfect Humans
- Frequent Accomplishments
- Sustainable Pace
- Slack and Utilization
Chapter 5: Performing as a Team
- Shared Responsibility
- Servant Leadership
Chapter 6: Doing the Work, Part I
- Finishing without Delay
- Cost of Change
Chapter 7: Doing the Work, Part II — When It’s Software Development
- Small Steps
- Reliable Progress
- Code Is for People
Chapter 8: Getting Better at Work
- What to Improve
- Making Improvements
- The End-Goal
Chapter 9: Adopting the Mind-Set
- It’s a Whole System
- It’s a Transformation
- Conditions for Change
- Process Design
- Getting Better
- How Agile Are You?
Appendix A: The Waterfall Mind-Set Compared to the Agile One
Appendix B: Examples
- How I Used Agile to Renovate a House
- Unscripted Collaboration
- Mindful Process Design
- Meet Gil Broza
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