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Reread Saturday, Agile Conversations Week 1 - Logistics & Introduction

Happy New Year!  If you are reading this on the day it is first posted, we are just beginning a new year with all the expectations and possibilities..


Happy New Year!  If you are reading this on the day it is first posted, we are just beginning a new year with all the expectations and possibilities.  Starting a re-read is a great way to start the new year. Today we start into Agile Conversations by Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick by charting the predicted course of the re-read and touch on the introduction.  The version of the book I am reading is the paperback version copyrighted 2020 by IT Revolution. The book consists of an introduction, seven numbered chapters, a conclusion, and 20 pages of end matter. All of this is over 223 pages.

It is my intent to cover this book over 9 weeks (including today) using the chapters as pacing. This book has similarities with Monotasking by Staffan Nöteberg in that this book demands action. Therefore like that re-read, as we get to chapter 2 I will begin identifying how I will experiment with the knowledge each chapter delivers. As I have discovered over the years reading technical and self-improvement books if you do not experiment with ideas they fade quickly regardless of their value. 


The introduction establishes the context and the outline of the book.  In the third paragraph, the authors note: “the key to success is not only adopting practices but having the difficult conversations, that foster the right environment for those practices to work.” It is easy to see the veracity of this statement; the problem is that having those conversations is downright difficult. So often, whether agile or any other change, the goal seems to be to implement the techniques without a plan to have the conversations needed to change hearts and minds. Just doing the techniques might accrue some value but not the value anticipated and is the harbinger of failure. The goal of this book is to impart how to have those conversations.

While it is my intention to re-read the book linearly, the authors note that there are many ways to use the book. It has already joined my reference shelf so that I can use the ideas to prepare for a ‘trust’ or ‘why’ conversation (two of the five types of conversations). Yes, Agile Conversations has made my useful list which is high praise.  

Next week we dive into Chapter 1. Remember to buy a copy of Agile Conversations ( Amazon Affiliate Link) and read along. As you read, share your thoughts here, on the blog, by voicemail at 01-440-668-5717, or with a colleague, peer, or the person sitting next to you on the train. Sharing helps build understanding.


By: tcagley
Title: Re-read Saturday, Agile Conversations, Week 1 – Logistics and Introduction
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Published Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:55:00 +0000

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