- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (February 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356719
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356715
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have only one major issue with your cards, which is that I didn't think of them and do them first. That wouldn't be so bad if you were screwing them up, but unfortunately they're great.
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One of cards skipped (#39) has the title "How to stay valuable" and three points: 1) stay positive, 2) stay engaged, and 3) stay professional. Really? A full card dedicated to this? Either agile is so incredibly simple and intuitive that you don't need references on it (my fault then for purchasing this book) or this book oversimplifies the concepts. Many of the cards are similar to #39.
Another aspect to consider is that this is NOT A BOOK. It is a collection of loose 5x7 index cards. I was aware of this but had hoped the content would make-up for the format, which I find to be cumbersome. How do you store a stack of index cards?
I am now heading back to search for a better agile book or online references.
The first day we had the cards, one of our programmers refactored some code to reflect a change in business terminology and got rid of the old code. Lesser programmers might have just hacked in the terminology change, but he did it the right way - harder in the short term, but keeping our technical debt low for the long term. Our ScrumMaster pulled out card #6, Courage, which includes "To always deliver quality work" and "To throw away unneeded code and tests". It was nice affirmation that we did the right thing.
We put cards that interest us up on the task board to think about, and we plan to read and discuss a card at each team retrospective. They're a great learning tool for everyone from agile newbies to high-functioning, experienced teams.
But I continued to read their blog--not regularly, but dipping in and out either on a whim or triggered by some comment made on the discussion groups. And I found myself shifting focus from the pithy lists that are now on the front of the cards, to the thoughtful and nuanced interpretation that is now condensed to fit the back of the cards. I found descriptions that were some of the best treatments of the /heart/ of Agile (rather than just the theory or mechanism) that I have ever heard. And I found insights that were valuable to me, an experienced Agile coach, yet still accessible to those new to Agile.
Jeff and Tim bring an uncommon clarity of expression to this work. They demonstrate an uncommon simultaneous depth and breadth of understanding. I have often, since they first asked, wished their cards were available so I could hand one to a client.
And now I can.
The simple cards with very central instructions can be used various ways. Use them as guidance in agile trainings, help out teams with the cards, discuss the cards with your team, learn a new aspect daily, spread the cards around organization and at the same time spread agile thinking.
I'm looking forward for the extension set to this deck of cards from Tim and Jeff. Maybe a deck of coaching & facilitation tools...?