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- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 2 edition (10 June 2016)
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- Language: English
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Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams Kindle Edition
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About the Author
A founder of FutureWorks Consulting in Portland, Oregon, Diana Larsen partners with leaders around the world to design work systems, improve team performance, and transition to Agile methods. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. She also co-created the influential Agile Fluency model.
As principal of Acorn Consulting, Ainsley Nies' work focuses on developing sustainable work environments for learning and improvement. With more than 20 years' experience as a program/project manager in a Fortune 100 company, Ainsley enables clients to capitalize on the insights they have and discover the knowledge they need. She teaches a variety of agile management courses in university programs.
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The key point I took away from authors Larsen and Nies is that Liftoffs aren’t reserved for the chronological start of a project – they can and should be used at any point to restart, refocus, and course-change struggling teams. I have to say in my experience with Agile as well as traditional waterfall SDLC it's extremely rare for management to concede the need for a reset (even when disaster is imminent) - but this book goes a long way towards making the case.
‘Liftoff’ puts real meat on the Agile bones of team dynamics that much of the technical literature often glosses over or minimizes as ‘management stuff’. There's value here for even techies who take the methodology for granted in 2016 but may shy away from the more people-oriented principles in the manifesto (4 and 6).
The concepts of a Liftoff as provided in this book are concise and specify which key people need to be involved, their roles in the Liftoff, goals of the Liftoff, and how to conduct retrospectives so that you can become more efficient when conducting future Liftoffs.
This book provides a great roadmap for conducting Liftoffs in a manner that will provide results and measure value-added to any project.
The book covers a combination of Agile topics encountered in other commercial agile certifications, such as CSM, SAFE, or PMP-ACP. What I really loved were the team building tips, such as how to build excitement for the team as you kick off the project.
Larsen and Nies provide some basic project templates, but these are exclusively geared towards managing the people. There is no discussion on managing the project. Typical Agile tools, such as Kanban boards are not even mentioned.
This is a decent leadership book that would be a welcome addition to the library of any person new to managing personnel.
This book is a re-tread from a much older original.
If you have well established scrum teams, this book has some nice tidbits for you.
If you are trying to set up a new agile team, then you can use this book to guide you.