Discover Agile with fresh eyes ...
A story that sticks ...
A book for you, your bosses, and your customers.
I was 45 when, after 10 years slaving away over a hot keyboard, I finally published Rolling Rocks Downhill.
I wrote it for the 35 year-old me.
It's the book I wish I had ten years earlier when I first attempted to convince the business and IT folk I worked with to give this mad, but magnificent, Agile thing a shot. Back then, as now, I worked mostly with banks and insurance companies, places where much of the software we worked on was older than I was, places where we had rules and methodologies that - although all of our projects were chronically late - actually made sense to us, at the time. Most of my colleagues thought people like me, with our stand up meetings, funny words and sticky notes, were nuts.
And who could blame them? Even today when you google "Agile", you find bucket-loads of advice and rules, new practices, and new words. Unless you already understand all of these details it's bewildering, and off-putting. It doesn't help that Agile is a work-in-progress and so, of course, some of the opinions change over time and some of the advice is contradictory.
The good news - what I wish 35 year old me knew - is that there are just a handful of very simple and fundamental principles which you need to know to understand how and why Agile works. These principles aren't new: they've been used in manufacturing for decades and - perhaps surprisingly - they were used extensively - and successfully - on big and small software development projects back in the 1960s and 1970s.
A book about Agile that NEVER mentions Agile.
RRD is not a technical book. It doesn’t mention “Agile”. It doesn’t ram techniques and practices down your throat. It doesn't need to.
RRD is a story. As you read it, you'll feel like you're sitting on the characters' shoulders, watching them rediscover, then apply, the "vital few" logistic principles of commercial software development.
By the end of the book you'll understand how to deliver software development projects on time - or early - by running faster than you ever thought possible. You'll know how to accelerate Lean and Agile projects using Eli Goldratt's TOC. And, you'll know how to turn that speed and reliability into profit and respect.
If I did a good job then Rolling Rocks Downhill is the sort of book YOU read then YOU give to your bosses, your colleagues, and your customers because you need them to understand the ideas in it. Once they “get it”, once you ALL understand the "vital few" principles, putting them into practice is, well, it's like rolling rocks downhill ...
A Kiwi in Scotland.