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Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams & Projects Paperback – October 31, 2011
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Probably one reason the book is not getting the attention is deserves (as far as I can see) is its title. The authors chose to use the term "liftoff" which is a new term over more descriptive titles such as "starting agile teams" or "agile chartering". They seem to have done so to not limit the scope and try to include all kind of kick-offs in the book. Personally, I think a bit more focus would have improved the book. Personally I think it should have been called "agile chartering" as more than half of the book is about that. Anyways, liftoff it is :)
The book consists of 2 parts and a bunch of appendixes. The first part is about Liftoffs in general and the second part about Agile chartering. The first part contains five chapters which describe what a liftoff is, what kind of liftoffs there are and how to plan, design and improve using liftoffs to launch teams.
The second part is about chartering. The authors define the PAC model, which stands for Purpose, Alignment, and Context. These are the parts that need to be clarified during the Agile Chartering session and each of these has its own chapter.Read more ›
But more times than not, the team started too soon. They're building software but they haven't connected it towards the customers higher level problems & needs--so they're not delivering the value the customer desperately needs. Nor can they communicate what they'll deliver for a "release" and when.
They should have listened to Stephen Covey - about "Beginning with the End in Mind".
And they should have read this book. Diana and Ainsley have written what I think is the seminal work on how to properly START agile projects. They put a focus on the front of the line that is necessary and welcome.
Should every agile project perform a Liftoff? Probably not. But for the vast majority that should...this is the guide for how to get your goals established and feet underneath you before you start iterating towards delivery. How to charter to connect the team to the business and have a clarity around expectations.
And it's effective as a project recovery mechanism as well, for when you've started too soon but realize that fact and want to realign your efforts. So new liftoffs and recovery liftoffs are covered.
For me, if you're an agile coach, product owner, scrum master or literally anyone who is charged with starting agile projects, this book is a must read. And if you're a traditional project manager who is familiar with the notion of Project Charters, then this book will help map that knowledge to agile contexts. Either way, let's start Beginning with the End in Mind.
In chapter 7, on Chartering, the description of their 2-part process is totally on-target:
"For years I have used a simple two-part framework to get a team formed and quickly engaged in productive work. The first part focuses on pulling together the right people to get the job done and securing their commitment. Often, people have been committed by others to be part of the project team. The goal of the first part is to shift this coerced commitment to an informed and consensual commitment...The second part of the framework is focuses on creating a shared understanding of the work ahead...I call this phase Discovery."
Having trained and coached Agile teams for over 12 years, I can highly recommend this book to both managers and technical teams.
At Agile New England, we are now using this book to guide the chartering and liftoff of all our volunteer teams, so they can experience Agile principles in action for all the types of work they do.
- by Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, @vanschoo
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