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Proven Solutions for the Most Widespread and Frustrating Agile Challenges
“This book gives you the answers that a wise mentor would have given you, if you had one.
Daniel Gullo shares his insights on the principal questions that everyone coming
to the world of Agile will inevitably encounter. ”
–From the foreword by Stephen Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management
Agile is becoming ubiquitous, but successful Agile implementation remains difficult. Organizations keep getting stuck on the same issues. However, with Real World Agility: Practical Guidance for Agile Practitioners, that need not happen to you.
World-renowned Agile coach and consultant Daniel James Gullo identifies and addresses nearly sixty widespread challenges faced by anyone trying to derive value from Agile. Drawing on his vast experience guiding Agile teams to success, Gullo helps you accurately diagnose your problems, describes each solution with maximum clarity, and concisely presents the details you need in order to act effectively.
This accessible guide is for every project participant and stakeholder: from ScrumMasters and team leads to developers, project managers, product owners, and customers. Gullo addresses methods ranging from Scrum to Kanban, guides you on scaling Agile, and even helps you apply it beyond software development.
Throughout, vignettes show exactly how Agile problems manifest in the real world–and how Gullo’s solutions can help you overcome them. As you learn from others’ experiences, you’ll quickly begin to see a clear path to success.
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About the Author xix
Chapter 1: Agile in General 1
Waterfall Versus Agile 2
An “Agile” Experiment 9
Differences Between Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, PMP, and Other Methodologies 10
Agile Is NOT for You . . . 13
Marketability of Scrum Certification and Consistency of Employment 15
Certify THIS . . . 18
Getting the Most Value from Gatherings, Conferences, and Other Events 21
I’m Certified—So, NOW What? 24
Goodbye, My Friend 26
Chapter 2: Real Organizations 31
How Can Scrum Scale to Work Successfully with Large Teams? 32
SAFe SPC Training: A Reflection 34
What Is the Biggest Hurdle for a Company Transitioning from Waterfall to Scrum Methodology? 42
Pigs in Zen 48
How Do You Overcome the Culture of a Company That Is Not Conducive to the Scrum Ideology? 50
How Do We Get Our Leaders Agile Trained? 54
Chapter 3: Real Products 59
Do We Have the Insights We Need to Know What Customers Want Most/Next? 60
Breaking Down Requirements to Epics and User Stories 61
Nordstrom’s Knows What I Want 62
Breaking Down the Product Backlog into Sprints 64
Why Does Every Increment Need to Be Shippable/Valuable to an End User? 66
What Is the Difference Between a Product Backlog and a Sprint Backlog? 69
What Goes into Sprint Planning? 72
What Is the Typical Duration for Sprints? 74
What Is the Measure of Progress on Product Delivery/Approximate Completion Date? 77
What’s Done Is Done: User Stories 80
Story Points and the Burndown 84
Psssst! I Can Get You Fixed Cost AND Fixed Dates!! 90
What Are Some Trends of Burndown Charts and What Do the Patterns Indicate? 92
Should We Make a Big Change Between Sprints? 97
Chapter 4: Real Teams 101
What Are Some Tips on Self-Organization? 102
How Does the ScrumMaster Fit in with the PO/PM in Terms of Ability to Drive Process? 105
How to Ask a Question 109
Should the Quality Assurance Team Be Inside or Outside? 112
What One Skill Is Most Important to Being a ScrumMaster? 114
How Can Scrum and Kanban Teams Work Together Effectively? 116
Happiness Is YOUR Responsibility 118
Can a Team Member (Dev) Be an Effective ScrumMaster? 121
How Do Teams Get True Autonomy from Management? 123
What Can I Immediately Apply from a Training Course, Conference, or Seminar? 125
Where Should You Place User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) in a Scrum Team? 127
In Scrum, Why All the Meetings? 129
What Is the Most Useful Way to Make People Accept Self-Management? 135
Chapter 5: Real People, Real Stories 139
Manny Gonzalez, CEO, Scrum Alliance 139
Anu Smalley, Agile Coach and Trainer 144
Alan Deffenderfer, Consultant 146
Jaya Shrivastava, Agile Trainer and Coach 147
Ebony Nicole Brown, Senior Enterprise Transformation Coach and Trainer 150
James Gifford, Agile Coach/Agile Transformation Specialist 155
Jean Russell, Culture Alchemist and Queen of Thrivability 160
Dave Prior, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) 162
Michelle Slowinsky, Project Manager at Association Applications Group, LLC 164
Gavin Watson, CEO, Watson, Inc. 166
Kanwar Singh, IT Program Manager 169
Sam Laing, Agile Coach and Trainer at Growing Agile 171
Joel Semeniuk, Chief Innovation Officer and Incubation Director 172
Kristin Kowynia, Product Owner at Paylocity 176
Chapter 6: Real Terms, Real Definitions 181
Chapter 7: Real Books for Further Investigation 209