A friend asked me this question though Linkedin. “I wondered if you could point me out one or two short tutorials / books containing what you believe is the essence of Agile on a pragmatic perceptive – not only concepts.”
Here is my answer…..
“I can recommend a lot of books and I will let you know the 4 books I’ve enjoyed the most. But Agile is not only about knowing the theory but much more about experience. If you don’t have experience I believe that you will fly much faster by teaming up with an Agile Coach or like for some time – This is really my best advise.
Agile is much more than just following any book, process or coach…it’s about learning as you go along and hereby accepting that the biggest risk you have in any project or product management is the things you don’t know …yet. That’s why you set up a way to work that fit this understanding – and then you inspect and adapt. This is agile in a nut shell and it is really hard for most companies and organisations to implement while management whats predictability and yet everybody knows that the only correct thing about predicting the future is that the prediction is wrong!
So, how can we still make projects on time, above expectations and within budget? Here we need the Business part of the organisation to understand the benefit of Agile and embrace our new way of working with Vision, Specification, Delivery and distribution.
Please read the following fantastic books
But you must really think about how to adopt agile practices into your comapny and I’ll suggest that you start with an Agile Coach to help you.”
See more about what an agile Coach is at “The Road from Project Manager to Agile Coach”