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The Agile Pocket Guide: A Quick Start to Making Your Business Agile Using Scrum and Beyond

ISBN: 978-1-118-43825-1
192 pages
November 2012
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The Agile Pocket Guide explains how to develop products, services, and software quickly and efficiently, without losing the main components of the framework so effective in streamlining the creating of these products and for making positive change within a company. It includes
  • The basic tennets of the Scrum framework
  • How to apply the processes and steps required to become agile
  • The dynamics of a successful agile environment
  • The very basics of Scrum and how to employ them quickly
  • Practical questions to ask the Team Leader as well as the Team
  • How to build an environment of communication and collaboration for the entire organization
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About the Author vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction Team Tribes: A Story xix

1 Servant Leadership 1

2 What the Business Wants from You—Managing Requirements 5

3 Your Agile Team 9

4 The High-Performance Team 13

5 Everyone around the Campfire 17

6 Daily Stand-Up, or Daily Scrum 25

7 Introducing the Product Owner, or Value Driver 31

8 Discoveries from the Product Backlog 37

9 The Sprint Backlog and Release Planning 43

10 Sprint Planning Meeting 49

11 User Stories and Estimation 55

12 Timeboxed Sprints (Iterations) and the Meaning of Done 67

13 Tracking Flow and Information Radiators 73

14 Demonstration of the Product 79

15 The Retrospective 85

16 Wash, Rinse, Repeat, Win! 89

17 Team and Business Cultural Dynamics—Team ScienceTM 95

18 Scrum of Scrums 101

19 Thirty-Second Scrum Elevator Pitch 105

20 Understanding Requirements 109

21 Paired Programming—Team Kaizen 115

22 Measuring a Working Product 121

23 Technical Debt Is a Progress Killer! 127

24 Oh Kanban! 131

25 Personal Kaizen—More on Servant Leadership 137

26 Team Kaizen—Practicing Agile 143

27 Product Kaizen—The Value Driver for Your Product 147

28 Cultural Kaizen—Leadership in Dynamic Team Cultures 155

29 Conclusion 159

Index 161

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PETER SADDINGTON owns a successful research and analytics consultancy and has been integral in multi-million dollar Agile Transformation projects with some of the biggest Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco, T-Mobile, Capital One, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Primedia, and Cbeyond. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry events and is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). He has also received three master's degrees, one of which is in counseling, and provides life-coaching services in addition to his consultancy.

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November 19, 2012
A Quick Start to Making Your Business Agile

So much has already been written about management techniques for creating great teams and enterprises. It’s time to go a bit further, and look into how managers and leaders can build great, high performing teams and companies by implementing Agile and Scrum by utilizing practical techniques that aren't process intensive.

In his new book, The Agile Pocket Guide: A Quick Start to Making Your Business Agile Using Scrum and Beyond Peter Saddington shares that the philosophy of Agile is to have businesses and leaders collaborate as much as possible with their teams and clients to build quality products that ship early and often, while learning and re-learning as they go. The Scrum approach organizes business priorities around short team sprints that yield incremental improvement.

In this ever-changing world of uncertainty where job-security and economic change is the new norm, it is more important than ever to understand how to effectively create and sustain high-performance teams within an organization.

All employees desire not to be just a cog in the big wheel of the corporate machine, but rather a valued, important, and necessary employee for their company and their team. What methods can leaders leverage to have powerful teams while at the same time enjoying their work, their team their employer, and doing challenging and sustainable work that allows for personal and professional growth?

This is a pocket guide for business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders looking for pragmatic and efficient ways of increasing team performance as well as become a great leader themselves. Each chapter is packed with short and effective methods for improving team performance through leadership. 

Readers will learn such things as:

  • How to quickly apply Agile and Scrum techniques for immediate team performance improvement
  • How to improve your leadership skills
  • How to be a great leader for an Agile team
  • How to optimize your team by identifying and managing employee's strengths

In addition there are chapters with Saddington's personal experience in:

  • Personal Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) and Servant Leadership
  • Team Kaizen in Practicing Agile
  • Product Kaizen for a Perfect Product Manager
  • Cultural Kaizen for Leadership in Dynamic Team Cultures
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