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About the Author
Bob was Design Director at the San Jose Metro and San Francisco Examiner newspapers, and later worked on the early digital presences of MSNBC, Elance, Newsweek, Discovery, and many other properties. After receiving his MBA from the Presidio Graduate School, Bob managed products for Silicon Valley startups, including MaestroConference and Genius Inc. He's currently an Agile Coach for Rally Software, where he specializes in enterprise-level Agile transformations.
When not traveling, Bob lives in New York City.
You can follow his latest thoughts and insights for free at BOBGOWER.COM.
Top Customer Reviews
There are a lot of great books that actually explain the "how", but they are mostly geared toward tech folks. The essays in this book are written by Agile practitioners, presenting the business results of adopting Agile techniques in your organization: how it impacts teams, culture & results. This is the book to read when you're trying to decide whether to use Agile in your organization (or looking for good info to use to convince others). Lots of useful information, real stories, and an easy read. Highly recommended!
This book complements the traditional ‘how to’ manuals by conveying the passion of those engaged in the practice of Agile. I felt engaged enough at the end of the book to read each of the contributors biographies and I came away feeling more connected to them. As a seasoned project manager that is moving from Waterfall to Agile practices I would like to see more inspiring reads like this. Thanks to Bob Gower and the team at Rally for providing this learning experience.
I think what is most striking is that this isn't a book written by a Guru. It's a book of essays, organized around specific themes like "Build the right thing," "Build the right thing," etc. And you hear the voices on many different perspectives. So if you read it straight through, it feels like a juicy dinner conversation with some of your smarter friends. And if you read only a couple of chapters focused on where you have a question, it's like getting great advice from a mentor. I so appreciate that there is no "expert," just thoughtful people who would be curious about how you actually did solve your problem if you do something differently. Breath of fresh air!
I'm not in technology development, and this book is still easy to read and not jargon-y. I know 2-3 company founders I plan to send this book to!
This book is full of counter-intuitive advice to building a software product and managing a team.
The section on "people, not resources" is all about building culture and team dynamics. It's short, sweet and brilliant and it discussed things like shame, vulnerability and play. I didn't expect they'd write about that in this book, but i'm really glad they did.
Personally, I have a smaller team and some of the concepts seem more suited for larger, established organizations.
I also loved how focused they are on 'building the right product' and putting the customer first and how agile naturally facilitates that.
Great stuff. Definitely recommend if you're in the software space.
Everything from Scrum to Portfolio Management is covered.
However, it differs by presenting ideas in short punchy essays. This makes it enjoyable to read, and easily dipped into when trying to gain some ground in a specific area.
Scrum teams, Agile managers and entrepreneurs would do well to follow this books teachings.
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