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A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game

Gain insights and depth of rationale into Scrum from many highly respected world authorities, including one of its founders, who lead you through the deep foundations of Scrum’s structure and practice. Enhance and customize your Scrum practice with ninety-four organizational building blocks, called patterns, that you can freely and flexibly choose from to fit your needs. Understand and appreciate the history of Scrum and the role it plays in solving common problems in product development.

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Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver

You think agile techniques might be for you, but your projects and organization are unique. An “out-of-the-box” agile approach won’t work. Instead, unite agile and lean principles for your project. See how to design a custom approach, reap the benefits of collaboration, and deliver value. For project managers who want to use agile techniques, managers who want to start, and technical leaders who want to know more and succeed, this book is your first step toward agile project success.

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Manage Your Project Portfolio, Second Edition: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects

You have too many projects, and firefighting and multitasking are keeping you from finishing any of them. You need to manage your project portfolio. This fully updated and expanded bestseller arms you with agile and lean ways to collect all your work and decide which projects you should do first, second, and never. See how to tie your work to your organization’s mission and show your managers, your board, and your staff what you can accomplish and when. Picture the work you have, and make those difficult decisions, ensuring that all your strength is focused where it needs to be.

This new edition features a free downloadable workbook that puts you on the fast track to creating your project portfolio. Pulling together key checklists, steps, and kanbans from the book, this workbook will help you get your ideas flowing and create something tangible. You’ll find the workbook here.

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Liftoff, Second Edition: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams

Ready, set, liftoff! Align your team to one purpose: successful delivery. Learn new insights and techniques for starting projects and teams the right way, with expanded concepts for planning, organizing, and conducting liftoff meetings. Real-life stories illustrate how others have effectively started (or restarted) their teams and projects. Master coaches Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies have successfully “lifted off” numerous agile projects worldwide. Are you ready for success?

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Agile and Lean Program Management

Scaling process creates bloat. Dictating how to work to teams doesn’t work. What does? Servant leadership, autonomy, collaboration, and exploration. In this pragmatic and down-to-earth book, you’ll apply agile and lean principles to program management. If you’re a program manager, program product owner, or program architect, you’ll use servant leadership to enable the entire program’s success. If you’re part of a feature team, you’ll learn which measurements to provide to the program and what to expect of the program teams. You’ll use continuous planning, frequent deliverables, and agile and lean principles to deliver your product.

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Creating Great Teams: How Self-Selection Lets People Excel

People are happiest and most productive if they can choose what they work on and who they work with. Self-selecting teams give people that choice. Build well-designed and efficient teams to get the most out of your organization, with step-by-step instructions on how to set up teams quickly and efficiently. You’ll create a process that works for you, whether you need to form teams from scratch, improve the design of existing teams, or are on the verge of a big team re-shuffle.

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Customer Requirements

Feel like strangling your boss or customer for their vague and ever-changing software requirements? You might have that nagging feeling that you don’t exactly grasp what your customer really wants. You might be rushing out your code in headless chicken mode because you underestimated the workload. Or perhaps after everything has been delivered, your rate or your company’s doesn’t even match most projects, because your estimation and billing were so far off.

Learn how proper work on requirements – not just your technical skills – can rescue your next software project.

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Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost

You’d like to estimate your project’s cost or schedule accurately. So far, none of your approaches have worked. It’s time to consider how you can create an accurate estimate.

You might not be able to develop an estimate at the beginning of a project that is good until the end. Few project teams can. Instead, learn a number of ways to see your project, and how to address your uncertainties in ways your managers will accept.

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Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking

Your team is stressed; priorities are unclear. You’re not sure what your teammates are working on, and management isn’t helping. If your team is struggling with any of these symptoms, these four case studies will guide you to project success. See how Kanban was used to significantly improve time to market and to create a shared focus across marketing, IT, and operations. Each case study comes with illustrations of the Kanban board and diagrams and graphs to help you see behind the scenes.

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Growing Rails Applications in Practice

Is your Ruby on Rails application having growing pains? This book will teach you a simpler way to scale Rails codebases. Instead of introducing new patterns or service-oriented architecture, learn to use discipline, consistency, and code organization to make your application grow more gently. Instead of installing yet another gem, learn to use the tools built into Rails that you already know and love to accomplish your goal.

Distilling more than seven years of work experience with Ruby on Rails, Growing Rails Applications in Practice is packed with actionable techniques that every developer can apply today.

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The Dream Team Nightmare: Boost Team Productivity Using Agile Techniques

This first-ever interactive Agile Adventure is the gripping tale of an experienced team struggling with agile adoption. In this unique mashup of a business novel written in the gamebook format, you’ll overcome common yet daunting challenges that come from using agile methods. As Jim, the agile coach, you’ll learn to apply a range of thinking tools and techniques to real-life problems faced by teams and organizations. Find out what really works and what fails miserably from the consequences of your choices. And, unlike in the real world, if at first you don’t succeed, you can make different choices until you get things right.

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Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban

You know the Agile and Lean development buzzwords, you’ve read the books. But when systems need a serious overhaul, you need to see how it works in real life, with real situations and people. Lean from the Trenches is all about actual practice. Every key point is illustrated with a photo or diagram, and anecdotes bring you inside the project as you discover why and how one organization modernized its workplace in record time.

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Agile in a Flash: Speed-Learning Agile Software Development

The best agile book isn’t a book: Agile in a Flash is a unique deck of index cards that fit neatly in your pocket. You can tape them to the wall. Spread them out on your project table. Get stains on them over lunch. These cards are meant to be used, not just read.

Agile in a Flash is no longer sold as a printed deck of cards. The PDF version is available, and you can use the PDF to print your own card deck.

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Driving Technical Change: Why People on Your Team Don't Act on Good Ideas, and How to Convince Them They Should

If you work with people, you need this book. Learn to read co-workers’ and users’ patterns of resistance and dismantle their objections. With these techniques and strategies you can master the art of evangelizing and help your organization adopt your solutions.

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The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software

Here are three simple truths about software development:

1. You can’t gather all the requirements up front.
2. The requirements you do gather will change.
3. There is always more to do than time and money will allow.

Those are the facts of life. But you can deal with those facts (and more) by becoming a fierce software-delivery professional, capable of dispatching the most dire of software projects and the toughest delivery schedules with ease and grace.

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Pomodoro Technique Illustrated: The Easy Way to Do More in Less Time

Do you ever look at the clock and wonder where the day went? You spent all this time at work and didn’t come close to getting everything done. Tomorrow, try something new. Use the Pomodoro Technique, originally developed by Francesco Cirillo, to work in focused sprints throughout the day. In Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, Staffan Nöteberg shows you how to organize your work to accomplish more in less time. There’s no need for expensive software or fancy planners. You can get started with nothing more than a piece of paper, a pencil, and a kitchen timer.

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Agile Coaching

Discover how to coach your team to become more Agile. Agile Coaching de-mystifies agile practices—it’s a practical guide to creating strong agile teams. Packed with useful tips from practicing agile coaches Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley, this book gives you coaching tools that you can apply whether you are a project manager, a technical lead, or working in a software team.

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Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult “people issues” on your team.