We have curated a list of books, articles, whitepapers and videos that we have found either funny, useful or both. In addition, we’ve come across a few useful tools that can make life a little easier.
Feel free to have a look around at the items below. We hope you find them as valuable as we have.
Turn the Ship Around
by David Marquet
A great book about leadership, written by a submarine captain in the US Navy. His leadership style (leader/leader instead of leader/follower) caused a crew that was the worst rated in the navy to become the best rated crew in only 1 year, via self-organization.
by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby
This is a great book about how to conduct a retrospective. It contains many examples of different ways to execute on the 5 stages of a retrospective (set the stage, gather data, generate insights, decide what to do and close the retrospective).
by Travis Bradberry
We can’t control what people do and say. But we can control how we react and respond to it. Understanding our own triggers and how to manage them is the key to emotional intelligence.
From Sharon L. Bowman, the author of the best-selling Ten-Minute Trainer, comes the dynamic new book, Training from the BACK of the Room! This innovative resource introduces 65 training strategies that are guaranteed to deliver outstanding training results no matter what the topic, group, or learning environment.
For those who believe that there must be a more agile and efficient way for people to get things done, here is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the leadership and management process that is changing the way we live.
Product Owner in a Nutshell
by Henrik Kniberg
A video that does a great job of describing the role of the product owner, and the value of honesty in agile, a short feedback loop, and output versus outcomes.
Are you a red chicken or a green chicken? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Watch this video. I doubt you’ll ever think of chickens the same way again.
Multitasking at M.I.T
At M.I.T, one of the world’s most competitive universities, we found a stark contrast between students’ and teachers’ views on laptops in the classroom. Are they a massive distraction, or a valuable tool for a generation of multitaskers?
articles, web content and white papers
Agile Contracts – PWS Template
This content provides contract language guidelines and is intended to serve as a template for the government representative during the development of a Performance Work Statement (PWS) under an Agile BPA.
Agile in Government
Increasingly, governments are looking to procure software built using the Agile methodology. This could not only demand changes to the procurement process, but also set up a potential culture clash between the rules-driven public sector and the more relaxed technology provider.