The Agilist Field Guide
The Agilist Field Guide
About the Book
A guide for agile practitioners and those who are starting their own agile journey.
This guide explains the intent behind agile activities and concepts. The guide begins with a definition of what is agility and what is an agilist. From there the guide continues onto well know activities like stand-up, planning, and retrospectives. It provides the reasons why these activities are done in a certain way. The guide further expands on this by providing a how-to guide on handling issues that teams have with these activities. How to lead agile teams are also discussed in the book and how is it different from the command and control style that we all know? Last is how to facilitate for agile teams, the book introduces techniques and methods that can be used to be an effective facilitator.
What is agility?
- Agility is about people
- Agility is about embracing change
- Agility is about outcomes
- Daily stand-up
Help! The participants in my stand up are distracted
- The participants don’t have a shared goal they’re working towards
- The stand-up time is inconsistent
- The stand up is at the wrong time
Help! My stand up is way too long
- There are too many in-depth discussions
- The participants are oversharing
- There are just too many people
Help! The stand up has turned into a progress report
- You’re stuck trying to answer the three questions
- You require everyone to have a turn
- There is an attention magnet in the room
Help! Planning takes too long
- You plan in too much detail
- Your planning session doesn’t have a clear purpose
Help! We always overcommit
- Not making all the work visible
- The team is frequently interrupted
- Retrospective happen at regular intervals
- The team reflects on how to be more effective
- Adjusting behavior accordingly
Help! My retrospectives lack participation
- The team doesn’t feel safe
- The retrospective is repetitive
- There isn’t anything to talk about
Help! Our action items never get done
- The action item doesn’t have an action that can be tracked
- There is no clear driver
- You are out of your depth
- Leading agile teams
Help! The team does not feel safe
- There are camps in your team
- Teams are not allowed to fail
Help! The team has stagnated
- There is no spark
- There is fear that you cannot go back
- The team is experiencing change fatigue
- Facilitation fundamentals
Watch out for
- The superstar crutch
- Projector interference
- Late Larry
- Setup & Clean up discussions
- Doorknob discussions
- Blind voting activities
Acknowledgment, thanks, and references
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