My 4th book Problem? What Problem?

Dealing Effectively with Impediments using Agile Thinking with Problem-solving Practices.

This book is for agile teams, Scrum masters, tech leads, agile coaches, consultants, developers and testers, project managers, line managers, and CxOs; basically, anyone who is looking for an effective way to handle impediments or support people in doing that.

Available on Amazon, Leanpub, my webshop, and all major bookstores.

This is the first book specifically about dealing with impediments using agile thinking with problem-solving practices. In this book, I explain why dealing with impediments matters and provide approaches to deal effectively with impediments in teams and beyond the teams. I’m also sharing experience stories from my work as a team member, Scrum master, project leader, consultant, coach, adviser, and trainer.

This is a practical book with many techniques and ideas to apply in your specific situations. It aims to support professionals that want to improve their impediment handling skills.

Book and Games

This book is supported by two games: the Impediment Coaching Cards and the Impediment Board Game. You can download the book and these Agile Coaching Tools for a nominal fee in my webshop.

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About the Book

Agile emphasizes on establishing teams and giving them whatever they need to do their work. Teams will face problems in their daily work. Agile calls these problems impediments.

An impediment is anything that slows people down and needs to be dealt with.

This book on impediments explores how teams can effectively deal with the problems that will happen in their daily work.

The book is based on my experience as a developer, tester, team leader, project manager, quality manager, process manager, consultant, coach, trainer, and adviser in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement. It dives into problem solving and impediments, viewing them from different perspectives and provides ideas, suggestions, practices, and experiences that will help you to become more effective in dealing with impediments.

Praise for Problem? What Problem?

This book is dedicated to all the great agile teams around the world to help them become even better in solving problems!

Impediments. Problems. Nobody wants them. You probably can’t avoid them. They’re often no fun to deal with. They may push you into difficult conversations/discussions. This book is a very useful resource for figuring out how to navigate them. Ben has collected a wide range of experience-based advice that you will find helpful.

Scott Duncan, Lead Coach & Trainer at Agile Software Qualities

Teams find problems that impact their ability to deliver value. The question is, what then? Ben Linders steps into the gap between finding a problem and living happily ever after with his new book, Problem? What Problem? This book directly addresses problem-solving at a level that agile teams can use, right now!

Thomas Cagley, Transformation Coach

When working in an agile way, problems and impediments are quickly revealed. But what then? What are we actually supposed to do about it? With years of experience in the software development industry, Ben Linders provides a go-to resource in Problem? What Problem? that is full of practical advice for individuals, teams and organisations seeking strategies to deal with their problems.

David Spinks, Agile Adventurer, PST, AKT

Problems and impediments are common to those working in agile. It is important to quickly identify them and find ways to means to either resolve the impediment or work around it. Ben Linders, with all his experience, comes up with a great book on how to address these issues and gives practical solutions to problems and impediments. This book is a great reference with the tools and techniques to navigate impediments both at a team level and at an organizational level.

Srinath Ramakrishnan, Agile coach and consultant

I really enjoyed the book: I found it to be right-sized and practical in the tone of advice offered. There are many techniques described in the book that will be useful to people in any role in an agile team, regardless of experience level or the framework preferred in your current context. I loved the ideas of signals and the difference between impediments and blockers. For anyone dealing with impediments, finding a way forward can feel challenging. This book will refresh your mindset and systematically offer tactical approaches.

Paddy Corry, Scrum master at eShopWorld

More Information

Language: English
Size: 107 pages
ISBN: 978-94-92119-25-4 (paperback) 978-94-92119-24-7 (eBook)
Published: July 20, 2020
Publisher: Ben Linders Publishing

About the Author

Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality, and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands.

Author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, What Drives Quality, The Agile Self-assessment Game, Problem? What Problem? and Continuous Improvement. Creator of many Agile Coaching Tools, for example, the Agile Self-assessment Game.

Ben is a well-known speaker and author; he’s much respected for sharing his experiences and helping others share theirs. His books and games are translated into more than 12 languages and are used by professionals in teams and organizations all around the world.

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