I’m very excited to announce that I’m starting a new book project with Rosenfeld Media. The book’s working title is Agile Design Principles, and, like Gamestorming and The Connected Company, I plan to write this book in public, online, with your help and guidance.
So what’s the book about?
It’s been more than 10 years since the Agile Manifesto was published in 2001. Since then agile has sprung many branches and flavors. Agile design has many faces, many who claim expertise, and even a dash of dogma. With so people talking about agile, how do you know what will work for you?
Luckily for you, I don’t have a dog in this race. I don’t teach agile, I don’t make a living doing it, I don’t have a particular flavor, creed or dogma that I subscribe to. I’m Agilagnostic.
With this book, I hope to get beyond the dogma and rhetoric to find out what really works in the field. I want to find out: What are the deep patterns and principles that drive successful agile teams?
I’m not just talking about software teams or design teams. I want to talk to any team that’s practicing agile design, whether they are designing software, physical products, services, and even companies.
How am I going to do this? I’m going to talk to the people who are doing agile every day, who are applying agile principles in the real world. I’m going to seek out teams that are applying agile, that enjoy their work, teams that delight customers with well-designed and profitable products, services and organizations. And I want you to join me.
I’m not an agile expert. This is a voyage of discovery. Like Jacques Cousteau, I don’t know what we will find as we explore the depths of practical agility in the workplace. I don’t have the answers. But I do have some questions.
- What is the makeup of a great agile team? What makes it great?
- How do you know when it’s working? How do you know when you’re getting off track, and what do you do to correct your course?
- How do agile teams integrate with the rest of their organizations?
- How do great agile teams recruit, hire and train? How do they reward people? How and when do they let people go?
- When and where does it make sense NOT to be agile? Why? How do you know?
I plan to find people who have been successfully implementing agile, in every field and domain I can find. I will interview them in live Google Hangouts. I will ask them the questions above, plus whatever questions you want me to ask. It’s going to be super-fun and I can’t wait to get started.
This is where you come it. I’ve set up a LinkedIn group which will serve as the primary community where, with your help, I will find the experts and interview them. The members of this group will be the first to see what I’m learning, and they will help me find the best people to talk to, as well as get the best information we can out of them. It’s a learning community and we will learn together.
Will you join me on this adventure? If you’re interested, join the LinkedIn group and let’s begin the journey.