- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Onyx Neon Press (October 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097792016X
- ISBN-13: 978-0977920167
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
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Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams & Projects Paperback – October 31, 2011
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Important part is the beginning for any project, if you do it right, then you the rest of the project life cycle can go smoothly. By giving advises about how to handle different cases especially during liftoff, this book shows right direction to team members. And at the end of the book, there are some sample charters are given, they summarize: how important the chartering is and how easy it is if the steps described in the book are followed.
Some feedback: I have the Kindle version: remaining minutes and percentages are not showing correctly; always shows 1 or 2 minutes left on chapter. And I recommend someone non-technical should read the book: some sentences and maybe some paragraphs should be re-written: since I am technical it was easy to understand, what the sentence or paragraph intended; sometimes it requires to stop, to re-read and to think.
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
A practical hands-on framework with explanations on why each element is necessary and how it fits into the whole through the chartering process. This is not a philosophical guide but a go-to hand-book.
Author Ainsley is a great professor, too.