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My 3rd book: The Agile Self-assessment Game

An Agile Coaching Tool for Improving the Agility of Your Teams and Organization

A book for Scrum masters, agile coaches, consultants leading agile transformations, developers and testers, project managers, line managers, and CxOs; basically for anyone who is looking for an effective way to help their agile teams improve and to increase the agility of their organization.

Buy it:  webshop (book & cards)   Amazon  Leanpub  Other stores

The Agile Self-assessment Game is the first book specifically about Agile Self-assessments. In this book, I explain what self-assessments are and why you would do them, and explore how to do them using the Agile Self-assessment Game. I’m also sharing experience stories from people who played the game.

With plenty of ideas, suggestions, and practical cases on Agile Self-assessments, this book will help you to apply assessments and help teams to improve.

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It’s a small but powerful book which, just like my successful first book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, provides many ideas, suggestions, and examples, that you can use in your daily work.

Book & Cards

In my webshop, you can get packages of the book with the Agile Self-assessment Coaching Cards with a discount.

If you want to play the games described in the book, you need the Agile Self-assessment Cards and optionally one or more expansion packs. In my webshop, you can buy packages consisting of the paperback book and cards.

Currently available are:

  • Paperback Book & English Cards (*)
  • eBook & English Cards
  • Paperback book & Dutch Cards (*)
  • eBook & Dutch Cards
  • Paperback book only (**)
  • eBook only (**)

(*) If you buy a paperback package, you get a free copy of the eBook edition!

(**) If you already have the Agile Self-assessment Cards, then you can select one of the last options to only buy the paperback book or eBook.

The English cards consist of 52 basic Agile cards and expansions packs for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), DevOps (26 cards) and Business Agility (26 cards): Total of 195 English cards!

The Dutch cards consist of 52 basic Agile cards and expansions packs for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), and DevOps (26 cards): Total of 169 Dutch cards! When you buy this package, you will receive the Dutch Business Agility cards when released for free.

Additional cards are available in Spanish, French, Polish, and Czech. They can be bought in the Agile Games webshop. More information can be found on the Agile Self-assessment Game website.

Get your agile coaching tools developed by Ben Linders directly from BenLinders.com!

Amazon

The Agile Self-assessment Game is also available on Amazon in paperback and kindle format. Get the book at your favorite marketplace:

It’s not possible to sell packages consisting of a book and cards on Amazon. On Amazon, you can only buy the book, either in kindle or paperback format. As you need the cards to play the games, this is my solution:

If you buy the book on Amazon, I suggest registering your book to get access to supporting materials and download the card decks for playing games from this book with a discount at benlinders.com/agile-self-assessment-game.

Bol

I’m selling all paperback of my books on Bol.com under Ben Linders Publishing. This includes my book The Agile Self-assessment Game. Same as for Amazon, please register your book to download the cards with a discount.

Leanpub

On Leanpub only the ebook edition is sold. You can, however, buy a package consisting of the book and cards. Currently available are:

  • Agile Self-assessment Game – English edition: The book (in English) with 52 basic Agile cards and expansions packs for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), DevOps (26 cards) and Business Agility (26 cards). Total of 195 English cards!
  • Juego Autoevaluación Ágil – Spanish edition: The book (in English) with 52 basic Agile cards in Spanish and expansions packs in Spanish for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), DevOps (26 cards) and Business Agility (26 cards). Total of 195 Spanish cards!
  • Agilní sebehodnotící hra – Czech edition: The book (in English) with 52 basic Agile cards in Czech and expansions packs in Czech for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), DevOps (26 cards) and Business Agility (26 cards). Total of 195 Czech cards!
  • Gra Agile Self-Assessment – Polish edition: The book (in English) with 52 basic Agile cards in Polish and expansions packs in Polish for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), DevOps (26 cards) and Business Agility (26 cards). Total of 195 Polish cards!
  • Agile Zelfevaluatie Kaarten – Dutch edition: The book (in English) with 52 basic Agile cards in Dutch and expansions packs in Dutch for Scrum (39 cards), Kanban (52 cards), DevOps (26 cards), and Business Agility (26 cards). Total of 195 Dutch cards!
  • Jeu de cartes d’autoévaluation Agile – French edition: The book (in English) with 52 basic Agile cards in French. Total of 52 French cards!

Visit The Agile Self-assessment Game on Leanpub to download your book and cards.

Register your book

If you own the book The Agile Self-assessment Game then you can create an account to get access to supporting materials.

Registered readers of The Agile Self-assessment Game

After registration you have free access to the supporting materials for The Agile Self-assessment Game.

About the Book

The Agile Self-Assessment Game is used by teams and organizations to self-assess their agility. Playing the game enables teams to reflect on their own team interworking, discover how agile they are and decide what they can do to increase their agility to deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.

This is the first book specifically about Agile Self-assessments. In this book, Ben Linders explains what self-assessments are and why you would do them, and explore how to do them using the Agile Self-assessment Game. He’s also sharing experience stories from people who played the game.

This book is based on his 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 takes a deep dive into self-assessments, viewing them from different perspectives and provides ideas, suggestions, practices, and experiences that will help you to do effective agile self-assessments with your teams.

The book is aimed at Scrum masters, agile coaches, consultants leading agile transformations, developers and testers, project managers, line managers, and CxOs; basically for anyone who is looking for an effective way to help their agile teams improve and to increase the agility of their organization.

With plenty of ideas, suggestions, and practical cases on Agile Self-assessments, this book will help you to apply assessments and help teams to improve.

Note: The agile coaching cards needed to play the games described in the book can be downloaded at benlinders.com/download.

Praise for The Agile Self-assessment Game

A fabulous game which helps the team to better understand where they are in their agile journey, generate some insight and determine what they can do next to improve.***

Amir Peled, Agile Coach at ING Software Development Center

I played the game and it was very helpful. We realized our agile maturity level, recognized actionable improvements and had great fun and insights!

Dimitris Dimitrelos, Agile Coach at Accenture

I liked the discussions the cards prompted: they surfaced a lot of things and we had great conversations.

Sandy Mamoli, Agile Coach & Founder at Nomad8

I played the game with my students. The benefits we got are a better understanding of what needs to be in place within the team and organization for successful agile. It’s fun and a good way to start productive conversations within the team.

Lisa Sieverts, Instructor at Harvard University Extension School

Playing the game builds clarity and alignment on what Agile means to everyone on the team and helps team members meaningfully evaluate their agility.

Brandi Olson, Chief Agelist at Brandi Olson Consulting

Great game – very powerful providing wonderful insights.

Michael Whitworth, Agile Coach, Trainer, Advisor at Agileize

The game plays through quite easily and participants remarked that the exercise was quite valuable. We generated a ton of insights and even some concrete action items (which is relatively rare for this team).

Craig Eddy, Chief Developer at Empact Development

It’s a great tool to use for a retrospective. The game engages the whole team and generates good discussion.

Christine Schubert, Agile Coach at National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

I have played the agile self-assessment with multiple teams. The participants had little experience with (serious) games, but the game was self-explaining and the teams had great fun playing. As the agile self-assessment is played in low threshold manner, I would recommend it for every team that is struggling with improving the agile process.

Berry Kersten, Agile consultant at Improve Quality Services

I really recommend the Self Assessment Game for Scrum Masters or Agile Teams as a way to facilitate and focus the discussion about possible improvements.

Andreas Schliep, Executive Partner at DasScrumTeam

The Agile Self-Assessment Game helped us to reflect on where we are in a fun way.

Peter Rubarth, Scrum Master, Agile Coach & Master Producteer

More information

Language: English
Size: 109 pages
ISBN: 978-94-92119-16-2 (paperback) 978-94-92119-15-5 (eBook)
Published: January 16, 2019
Publisher: Ben Linders Publishing

About the author

Ben Linders is an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality, and Continuous Improvement, based in The Netherlands. As an adviser, coach, and trainer, he helps organizations with deploying effective software development and management practices.

Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean, and Quality, and a well-known workshop facilitator and speaker. He is the author of the successful books Getting Value out of Agile RetrospectivesWhat Drives Quality, The Agile Self-assessment Game, and creator of the Agile Self-assessment Game.

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