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"At its core, Driving Technical Change is a fantastic book about design patterns. In it, Terrence Ryan clearly outlines common, problematic personalities—“skeptics”—and provides proven solutions for bringing about progressive change. It is certainly an unfortunate fact of human behavior that people are oftentimes resistant to implementing best practices; however, using Terry’s book as a guide, you will now be able to identify why people push back against change and what you can do to remain successful in the face of adversity."
"Politics is one of the most challenging and underestimated subjects in the field of technology. Terrence Ryan has tackled this problem courageously and with a methodical approach. His book can help you understand many types of resistance (both rational and irrational) and make a strategy for getting people on board with your technology vision."
Terrence Ryan currently works as an Evangelist for Adobe Systems. He focuses on the promotion of ColdFusion, Flash, Flex and AIR. As an evangelist his job is to encourage people to try new tools and techniques. Before that, he spent ten years in higher education overseeing the work of a team of developers, running code reviews, pushing standards, and trying to convince co-workers to come around to new tools and techniques.
My preferred playbook for large $Enterprise IT departments to help generate momentum to the adoption of new tools or practices. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tyler Fitch
Overall, this is a good book: a novel look at an old problem. I plan to try out some of the techniques. I found the Skeptic Patterns to be spot on. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dmitri Tikhonov
Great book to own! Often times the people aspect of a technical change gets overlooked. This book has practical tips and patterns for managing technical change. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SB
Th premise of this book is good but the content is not there. There is really about 10 pages of content stretched out to 130 pages into simplistic overlapping examples dealing with... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by jt
I've been going through several books lately on technical leadership. I'm interested in this for my software engineering course as well as a course on software project management... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Gary F. Pollice
Terrence Ryan has provided a worthwhile volume for my bookshelf. This was a book that was easy to read and absorb valuable lessons from. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by bloggy
Having just spent the best part of 10 years trying to get people to adopt new tools, I really wish I had this book a long time ago. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Peter W Smith
Having problems convincing your team, organization, company, customer, etc. to adopt a new methodology or technology? Like that's never happened to anyone else before... Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by James Holmes
Have you ever tried to convince your co-workers to adopt a new development technique, your boss to buy a new product? Maybe you succeeded/failed or were too afraid of even trying ? Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Cyril Hanquez