Book: Agile Transformation

Most organizational leaders know agility is paramount to survival in a world of unprecedented volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). That’s why so many keep attempting Agile transformations even after previous initiatives have failed. But the truth is, both organizations and leaders need new ways of thinking--they need to upgrade their organizational “operating system.” Built on the proven Integral Agile Transformation Framework™ (IATF), Agile Transformation offers a fresh perspective and systemic approach that can operate on all levels, from individual to enterprise. You’ll learn how to use IATF to combine what you know subjectively (“heart”) with what you can measure objectively (“data”). Even if you’re already using leadership or culture models, scaled frameworks, or other techniques, IATF helps you place them in context, overcome their limitations, and gain more value from them. As it has in many other organizations, IATF can help you become an authentic Transformational Leader and finally build an organization that’s truly Agile. Gain crucial new perspective for leading your Agile transformation: insight into your world, organization, work, and yourself Understand what your current Agile methods do and don’t do, how they interact or conflict, and where you need something more Structure existing models and frameworks into an understandable meta-framework Master a unified and practical system for mapping what’s going on and what needs to change Discover practical ways to successfully lead both human and organizational aspects of change

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Book: Some Ideas for Agile Team’s Retrospectives

This mini-book is a compilation of readings, experiences, and experiments that I have shared in retrospect with different teams and large groups on their journey to Team Agility and Business Agility. Some of these experiences are registered in my blog in a scattered way, in this minibook I wanted to put them in order so that they can be used by Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and professionals from all areas.

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Book: Quick Glance At: Agile Anti-Patterns

When companies introduce agile methodologies - like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, ... - they often face problems. In this book, you will learn... How to spot and recognize problems and anti-patterns in your team / organization. How those anti-patterns usually start and which root-causes they have. Vocabulary, so you can discuss the anti-patterns with your colleagues and managers. Possible solutions and ideas to improve your situation. You will learn about 9 anti-patterns agile companies often face, how they often start, their root causes and ideas for solving them: Agile Theater - When companies pretend to be "agile", but most things still work like in a traditional company. Feature Factory - When "Agile" is only seen as a way to increase efficiency. Product Backlog Bankruptcy - When your backlog becomes unmanagably big and this causes delays and other problems. Architecture Madness - When architecture and software design slowly gets worse over time. Team Backlog - When there are improvements that your team wants to implement, but they just never have time. Burnout by 1000 Baby Steps - When agile tools are used to micro-manage people and teams. Collaboration Friction - When working together with other teams and departments does not work anymore. Tailoring Agile - When companies want to change Scrum or Kanban or SAFe before even trying it. Because they Said So - When your company blindly copies practices of other companies.

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Book: The Toyota Way, Second Edition

The bestselling guide to Toyota’s legendary philosophy and production system―updated with important new frameworks for driving innovation and quality in your business One of the most impactful business guides published in the 21st Century, The Toyota Way played an outsized role in launching the continuous-improvement movement that continues unabated today. Multiple Shingo Award–winning management and operations expert Jeffrey K. Liker provides a deep dive into Toyota’s world-changing processes, showing how you can learn from it to develop your own improvement program that fits your conditions. Thanks in large part to this book, managers across the globe are creating workforces and systems that produce the highest-quality products and services, establish and retain customer loyalty, and drive business profitability and sustainability. Now, Liker has thoroughly updated his classic guide to include: Completely revised data and updated information about Toyota’s approach to competitiveness in the new world of mobility and smart technology Illustrative examples from manufacturing and service organizations that have learned and improved from the Toyota Way A fresh approach to leadership models The brain science and skills for learning to think scientifically How Toyota applies Hoshin Kanri, a planning process that aligns objectives at all levels and marries them to business strategy Organized into thematic sections covering the various aspects of the Toyota Way―including Philosophy, Processes, People, and Problem Solving―this unparalleled guide details the 14 key principles for building the foundation of a powerful improvement system and managing it for ultimate competitive advantage. With The Toyota Way, you have an inspiration and a model of how to set a direction, continuously improve and learn at all levels, continually "flow" value to satisfy customers, improve your leadership, and get quality right the first time.

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Book: Zombie Scrum Survival Guide

Millions of professionals use Scrum. It’s the world’s #1 approach to agile software development. Even so, by some estimates, over 70% of Scrum adoptions fall flat. Developers find themselves using “Zombie Scrum” processes that look like Scrum, but are slow, lifeless, and joyless. Scrum’s just not working for them. Zombie Scrum Survival Guide reveals why Scrum runs aground and shows how to supercharge your Scrum outcomes, while having a lot more fun along the way. Humorous, visual, and extremely relatable, it offers practical approaches, exercises, and tools for escaping Zombie Scrum. Even if you’re surrounded by skeptics, this book will be the antidote to help you build more of what users need, ship faster, improve more continuously, interact more successfully in any team, and feel a whole lot better about what you’re doing. Suddenly, one day soon, you’ll remember: that’s why we adopted Scrum in the first place! Learn how Zombie Scrum infects you, why it spreads, and how to inoculate yourself Get closer to your stakeholders, and wake up to their understanding of value Discover why Zombie teams can’t learn, and what to do about it Clear away the specific obstacles to real continuous improvement Make self-managed teams real so people can behave like humans, not Zombies Zombie Scrum Survival Guide is for Scrum Masters, Scrum practitioners, Agile coaches and leaders, and everyone who wants to transform Scrum’s promises into reality.

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Book: Kanban Compass

Welcome to where missed deadlines, blaming others, overloaded systems, disappointed stakeholders, firefighting, and a superhero work culture is just business as usual. Join the quest of learning and discover how STATIK (Systems Thinking Approach to Implementing Kanban), TBR (Training from the Back of the Room), and Accelerated Learning can assist you while introducing Kanban to tired teams. This book will take you through: - a story about an anti-Kanban team and their system discovery process, - an introduction to the basic concepts of Training from the Back of the Room (TBR) and Systems Thinking Approach to Introducing Kanban (STATIK), - a step by step guide on how to design or redesign workshops to maximize learning opportunities for attendees. Start your Kanban adventure now. Take your time and use your newly gained knowledge to cope with your training challenges. Is Kanban Compass for me? It depends. If you ever: - worked with a tired team, - tried to implement Kanban into an organization, - felt that everything in your Agile coaching, training or consulting let you down, - heard about STATIK, but you never had actionable ideas where to start, - read about Training from the Back of the Room, but didn't think that it will be useful in an Agile environment, - never designed a training, - or designed too many training and you feel that you've tried everything, Kanban Compass is your answer! Kanban Compass is a useful read not only for Kanban professionals but also for Agile practitioners who are coaching, training and leading tired teams.

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Book: Fail to Learn

There are two simple reasons your learners aren't engaged or performing well: 1. You don't let them fail, and 2. You don't let them play Combine these two elements and you upend nearly a century of outdated and ineffective teaching conventions. The learning revolution starts with this manifesto...and with you. Fail to Learn is a guidebook for how to bring fail-forward thinking and game-centered course design to any educational setting. You’ll find instructional tips, tools, and exercises alongside the latest research in pedagogy and gamification. Whether you’re teaching a class on the side or leading a corporate L&D team, Fail to Learn is the only book you’ll need to make your next training a success. You will: Compare your ratios of failure and play to world experts and innovators Analyze failure-based courses that quadrupled success rates in just 30 minutes Get a template for designing game-based courses from the ground up Conquer your own fear of failure when it comes to learning something new Written by an award-winning gamification trainer, Fail to Learn is your pocket reference for raising the satisfaction and skills of students everywhere.

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Book: The Power of Virtual Distance

This revised second edition presents 15 years of data on Virtual Distance metrics and their predictive impact on organizational success factors shedding new light on how to correct for communication challenges that often show up as a foggy set of digital disconnects where the vitality of the virtual workforce often gets lost in transmission. This still-evolving Digital Age conundrum continues to present new complications. The rise of remote work which rests on an increasing reliance on electronic communication and the overall growth of virtual interactions has led to the escalation of a phenomenon called Virtual Distance. Virtual Distance, which influences our behavior through three components Physical Distance, Operational Distance, and Affinity Distance affects not only how we relate to others thousands of miles away but even to co-workers sitting right next to each other!  Perhaps even more problematic, Virtual Distance causes measureable malfunctions in teamwork, innovation, leader effectiveness and overall performance. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Power of Virtual Distance offers specific, proven and predictable solutions that can reverse these trends and turn Virtual Distance into a unification strategy to capture untapped competitive advantage. Surprised? The Power of Virtual Distance, 2nd Edition is a must-read for leadership who want to understand the true and quantifiable costs of the virtual workplace.  For the first time ever, readers can take the guesswork out of managing the virtual workforce by applying a mathematical approach derived from the extensive Virtual Distance data set:  The Virtual Distance Ratio.   The Virtual Distance Ratio can precisely pinpoint the particular impacts of Virtual Distance on the organization’s critical success factors.  Beyond business metrics, Virtual Distance solutions also detail ways to restore meaningfulness and well-being into people’s experience of work, enhancing life lived in the Digital Age. The Power of Virtual Distance reveals an updated set of data, including the first award-winning analysis, collected from an extended range of executives to individual contributors, that represent situations and solutions in more than 36 industries in 55 countries across the globe. Readers will get a “first look” at the data and its revelations on how to be less isolated and more integrated. Helping managers globally, this book: Offers new, real-world case studies and a chance for readers to participate in thought experiments to help with personal performance, group synergy and by extension, relationship dynamics of all kinds Demonstrates (with statistically significant trend analyses) that Virtual Distance is growing at exponential rates in every corner of communities worldwide Offers expert advice on how to manage the “unintended human consequences” of today’s digital technologies Companies that successfully harness the power of Virtual Distance demonstrate better performance. The second edition of The Power of Virtual Distance is a valuable, one-of-a-kind resource for everyone – from the C-suite to human resource professionals; from divisional leaders to project managers.  Everyone in the organization can benefit by discovering how to improve financials, innovation, trust, employee engagement, satisfaction, organizational citizenship and other key performance indicators.  And perhaps best of all, by following the prescriptions on how to reduce Virtual Distance, the entire workforce will have the tools they need to bring about a revival of meaning, purpose and an enlivened sense of “humanhood” back into everyday work and everyday life.

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Book: Virtual Teams Across Cultures

As work becomes virtual, colleagues in many industries are increasingly collaborating online and across borders. Leading dispersed, cross-cultural teams requires a more aware and reflective approach to leadership, and Virtual Teams Across Cultures provides a blueprint for success for managers of multicultural virtual teams. This book looks at what makes multicultural virtual teams tick – why they’re different and how to unlock their true potential. Drawing on 25 years of professional experience, academic research and interviews with team leaders around the world, Theresa Sigillito Hollema provides practical frameworks for understanding the dynamics of global teams. Full of real-life examples and actionable advice, this gives leaders a game plan for making sure remote, multicultural teams thrive in today’s connected business world. Learn how to: •become more confident working across cultures •create a team environment where everyone is a valued contributor, regardless of where they are •turn a team’s cultural diversity into its greatest asset •focus on connecting people, rather than relying on technology This book is an inspiring and comprehensive guide for reflective leaders who want to bring out the best in distributed, culturally diverse teams.

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Book: Cynefin

The Cynefin® sense-making Framework, brainchild of innovative thinker Dave Snowden, has never been more needed. The Framework empowers leaders across organizations, governments, and local communities, to work with uncertainty – to navigate complexity, create resilience, and thrive. As Snowden says, “The Framework guides us to make sense of the world, so that we can skillfully act in it.” Come with us on the remarkable 21-year journey of Cynefin, a framework that enables people from all walks of life to improve – their situation, their work, their business, their relationships, and their environment. Cynefin practitioners share their wisdom, applications, and experiences using the Framework, across healthcare, leadership facilitation, organizational behavior, safety, software development, strategy, and well-being. You’ll discover how to not only ‘ride the rapids of complexity,’ but find in so doing, grace, power, and inexplicable opportunity.

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Book: Retrospectives Antipatterns

Retrospectives are indispensable for continuous learning and improvement in Lean, Agile, DevOps, and other contexts, but most of us have suffered through at least one retrospective that was a waste of time, or worse. Now, leading agile coach Aino Vonge Corry identifies 24 reasons that retrospectives fail and shows how to overcome each of them. Using the familiar “patterns” approach, Retrospectives Antipatterns introduces antipatterns related to structure, planning, people, distributed teams, and more. Corry shares traps she’s encountered and mistakes she’s made over more than a decade of leading retrospectives and then presents proven solutions. With her insights and guidance, you can run enjoyable retrospectives that deliver concrete improvements and real value--or at the very least recognize when you are making the same mistake as the author! Create a common language, actionable solutions, and proven plans for solving the retrospective problems you’ll encounter most often Recognize symptoms, assess tradeoffs, and refactor your current situation into something better Plan more effectively: decide who should attend and facilitate, when to schedule your retrospective, and how much time to set aside Handle “people” problems: deal with negativity, silence, distrust, disillusionment, loudmouths, and cultural differences Facilitate better “virtual” retrospectives, with tips for online retrospectives included in each antipattern

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Book: Retrospectives for everyone

Metaphors from our day-to-day life can throw new perspectives when juxtaposed with professional or personal experiences. What seemingly looks like a mundane chore can give great insights with interesting and innovative improvisations. The author, a committed technologist, makes this brave and successful attempt to explain retrospectives using contexts from day-to-day life with suitable graphic representations for ease of understanding. The book focuses on 'retrospectives' as a platform for teams as well as individuals to reflect and improve. She strongly advocates that, regardless of the industry, teams need to have an experimental mindset to continuously learn and adapt. Thus, reflecting on diversified areas such as work-life balance, goals, team collaboration, product development, process, technology, delivery, or targets is an ongoing process that happens either explicitly or implicitly. The book highlights the need for teams and individuals to come out of their comfort zones and think out-of-the box, while staying in sync with their individual and organization's goals. Illustrations shown in the book can be customized according to organizational or individual aspirations.

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