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The Nehemiah Effect Paperback – February 26, 2014
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The authors point out that When Nehemiah led the successful reconstruction of Jerusalem in 52 days, the project was an application of the AGILE principals — 2450 years before AGILE became a buzz word (that I hadn't heard)
Using Nehemiah's techniques in comparison, the authors then approach other modes of development and the placeholders in each Agile project. They also know that some projects won't fit the Agile model.
Most of the case study/example items are based on application development and some of the terms will make more sense to App Developers. When I could get past these tech terms and stories, I saw some structure in the Agile model which could have application with other people and their projects -- authors could apply Nehemiah's pattern to their techniques, as could artists, builders/construction people, military people and more.
The Nehemiah Effect is one of those books that does more than think outside of the box. It goes back into the box, looking for cracks or hidden doors. While I don't plan to build an app, am not the Master on any team, but I 'get' simple and how it can be better for me. If you are fortunate to be stranded somewhere with this book, you will come out more confident in how to 'work' what you know than you were before.
The authors Unified Vision Framework addresses fundamental project pitfalls in a way that is simple, practical, and effective. After learning about this Unified Vision Framework, I looked back at the few projects that I was on which met all the project goals without a frustrated team. We were not aware of it at the time, but we followed this authors fundamental principles. The best part is that the team felt greatly empowered and rewarded by the project. This is a win - win scenario, but why is such a result so rare? Often, poor project management fundamentals are the root cause. I wish more project teams understood and practiced the authors Unified Vision Framework. It simply works.