- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 2 edition (June 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1680501631
- ISBN-13: 978-1680501636
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Handful of Liftoff Design Principles by Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies
Each development effort is unique, so every liftoff is unique. As a planning group member, design your liftoff for the combination of attributes at hand. Consider the nature of the product, the nature of the work, and the people. Take into account the known and unknown. Think about the work environment and the circumstances driving delivery.
Here’s where it gets tricky and where you’ll need to get agile when you’re working on a liftoff design. There is no cookie-cutter approach, standard recipe, or a best practice template. Your unique team characteristics will drive many of the design decisions.
When you design a liftoff, your planning outcomes guide format choices. Planning influences how you develop the flow. You design how to start and how to end, and make other format choices that fit in-between. Select design elements to establish a rich atmosphere for effective communication. Base your selections on your planning group’s intention for the liftoff. Use the following handful of design principles to guide your handiwork.
The best liftoffs create a sense of ownership of the outcomes. Create a liftoff design where all participants engage as owners in the process. Their sense of ownership helps sustain commitment to outcomes. It influences the work until final delivery.
Only include activities in the liftoff that have a real work purpose. Liftoff participants engage best when they focus on relevant activities. Choose agenda items related to achieving the liftoff intentions and outcomes.
Every liftoff needs a sponsor or executive introduction. Every team needs to hear directly and unambiguously from the top. Team members need to know they have organizational support and commitment for their effort. If your sponsor can’t make time to show up, maybe the product launch isn’t a top priority, after all. Their presence or absence sends a message.
Every work group and team needs agile chartering. It accelerates common understandings. Sooner or later, team members and the business wrestle with defining the work in the same way. Including chartering in the liftoff gains understanding early and precludes time wasted later on.
Take the time to include participants in design decisions. You’ll get a better liftoff outcome if you ask for and include their opinions. Seek ideas about training topics, planning needs, and other uses of their time.
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About the Author
A founder of FutureWorks Consulting in Portland, Oregon, Diana Larsen partners with leaders around the world to design work systems, improve team performance, and transition to Agile methods. Diana co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great and Quickstart Guide to Five Rules for Accelerated Learning. She also co-created the influential Agile Fluency model.
As principal of Acorn Consulting, Ainsley Nies' work focuses on developing sustainable work environments for learning and improvement. With more than 20 years' experience as a program/project manager in a Fortune 100 company, Ainsley enables clients to capitalize on the insights they have and discover the knowledge they need. She teaches a variety of agile management courses in university programs.
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The concepts of a Liftoff as provided in this book are concise and specify which key people need to be involved, their roles in the Liftoff, goals of the Liftoff, and how to conduct retrospectives so that you can become more efficient when conducting future Liftoffs.
This book provides a great roadmap for conducting Liftoffs in a manner that will provide results and measure value-added to any project.
The key point I took away from authors Larsen and Nies is that Liftoffs aren’t reserved for the chronological start of a project – they can and should be used at any point to restart, refocus, and course-change struggling teams. I have to say in my experience with Agile as well as traditional waterfall SDLC it's extremely rare for management to concede the need for a reset (even when disaster is imminent) - but this book goes a long way towards making the case.
‘Liftoff’ puts real meat on the Agile bones of team dynamics that much of the technical literature often glosses over or minimizes as ‘management stuff’. There's value here for even techies who take the methodology for granted in 2016 but may shy away from the more people-oriented principles in the manifesto (4 and 6).
The book covers a combination of Agile topics encountered in other commercial agile certifications, such as CSM, SAFE, or PMP-ACP. What I really loved were the team building tips, such as how to build excitement for the team as you kick off the project.
Larsen and Nies provide some basic project templates, but these are exclusively geared towards managing the people. There is no discussion on managing the project. Typical Agile tools, such as Kanban boards are not even mentioned.
This is a decent leadership book that would be a welcome addition to the library of any person new to managing personnel.
This book is a re-tread from a much older original.
If you have well established scrum teams, this book has some nice tidbits for you.
If you are trying to set up a new agile team, then you can use this book to guide you.