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New book being written online – Facilitation tricks and techniques

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Last time I wrote a book (Visualization Examples) I decided to do it publicly online. That was a fantastic experience, which I also wrote a blog post about. It was great fun and I got tons of valuable feedback.

Now I’ve started to write a new book and I’ve decided to have the same approach. It’s currently titled “Toolbox for the workshop facilitator – Facilitaion Tricks and Techniques (How to reach strong workshop outcome)“.

The book is far from finished and it might take me another year to finish it. But I still want to invite you to read it now and to help me make the book even better.

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Real World Kanban – now on Amazon

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My new Kanban case book now ships from Amazon (as hardcover or in Kindle format).

new book: "Real World Kanban"Learn how we:

  • Improved the full value chain by using Enterprise Kanban.
    (Find out how we improved time to market and shifted focus from Sprints to Flow to deliver customer value in a traditional company.)
  • Boosted engagement, teamwork, and flow in change management and operations.
  • Saved a derailing project with Kanban.
  • Helped an office team outside IT keep up with growth using Kanban.

Inside each case story, you’ll find guerilla techniques on how we made improvements happen (including cases where we #failed). I also walk through why focusing on “improving IT” can make you miss your biggest improvement opportunity (the front end part of your value stream) as well as the 5 system “enablers” that guided our long term improvements.

Get “Real World Kanban” from:

2nd edition of Scrum & XP from the Trenches – “Director’s Cut”

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Guess what – I’ve updated Scrum and XP from the Trenches!

Scrum and XP from the Trenches 2nd edition

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How to run an internal unconference

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An unconference is like a normal conference but with no predefined agenda, no predefined list of speakers, no slides, and…er… actually it’s not very much like a normal conference at all! It’s more like an alternative to a conference. If the purpose of a conference is to collaborate and communicate, then an unconference will often fulfill the same purpose in a more simple, fun, and effective way!

There’s lots of ways of running unconferences. I’ve written a short book (or long article) about one specific format that I’ve been experimenting with over the past 5 years, mostly at companies like Crisp and Spotify.

By now it is well tested and works especially well for 1-2 day internal conferences with 20-80 participants. In fact, participants often say things like “all conferences should be like this!” or “best conference I’ve ever been to!”. Even the most rabid meeting-haters seem to like (or at least not hate…) this collaboration format 🙂

  • Slides (from my Agile Evening presentation on how to run an unconference)
  • Minibook (LeanPub – work in progress)

Scrum and XP – Beyond the trenches

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Here are the slides from my presentation "Scrum and XP – Beyond the trenches" at JFokus. Thanks for coming!

To those of you that weren’t at the presentation, the purpose of the presentation was:

  • Many of the solutions in ”Scrum and XP from the Trenches” turned out to be pretty much universally applicable
  • However, I’ve learned a lot since 2006 and there some things that I would have done differently if I could go back in time.
  • Purpose of this presentation is to share these insights with you.

I came up with 15 concrete recommendations that I believed would be very widely applicable. Based on the polls that we did during this presentation, the hypothesis seemed correct! Every single recommendation got 90-100% Green votes from the audience. Or maybe you were just trying to be nice… Well, anyway, thanks for your feedback!

Sample slides:

Japanese translation of ‘Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both’

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My book "Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both" is now available in Japanese. Good work Hiroki Kondo & Midori Daida!

Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both

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My new book "Kanban and Scrum – making the most of both" is done!

The purpose of this book is to clear up the fog, so you can figure out how Kanban and Scrum might be useful in your environment.

Kanban and Scrum

The book includes:

You can read it online for free (InfoQ registration required though) or buy the printed version.

Translators: If you are interested in translating this book to your language, please get in touch with my editor Diana Plesa (diana AT c4media.com).

Merry X-mas!

Traditional Chinese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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Here’s a Traditional Chinese translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches (not same as Chinese translation). Thanks Ko Jen-Chieh!

Chinese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

The other 8 translations are listed on the InfoQ page for the book.

Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

German version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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A German translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now available. Thanks Robert Sösemann & Andreas Schliep!

Scrum and XP from the Trenches in German

Russian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese translations are also available. Korean, Italian, and Slovak translations are underway.

I never cease to be impressed by the agile community! So far, every time I’ve blogged about a new translation it’s taken less than one day before someone offers to translate to the next language :o)

All translations are listed on InfoQ as well. Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

Russian version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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A Russian translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now available. Thanks Aleksey Solntsev for initiating this project, and thanks to all of the 17 people who contributed (listed on the first page in the book).

Scrum and Xp from the Trenches in Russian

French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese translations are also available. Korean, German, Italian, and Slovak translations are underway.

I never cease to be impressed by the agile community! So far, every time I’ve blogged about a new translation it’s taken less than one day before someone offers to translate to the next language :o)

All translations are listed on InfoQ as well. Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

French version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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A French translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now available. Big thanks to Guillaume Mathias, Bruno Orsier, Emmanuel Etasse, and Christophe Bunn.

French version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese translations are also available. Korean, German, and Slovak translations are underway. I never cease to be impressed by the agile community!

All translations are listed on InfoQ as well. Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

Portuguese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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A Portuguese translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now up on the Brazilian InfoQ site. Big thanks to Renato Willi for initiating and coordinating this effort, and thanks to all the other 30 contributors as well who made this happen (listed at the end of the book)!

Scrum and XP from the Trenches in Portuguese

Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese translations are also available. Korean, German, French, and Slovak translations are underway. I never cease to be impressed by the agile community!

All translations are listed on InfoQ as well. Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

Japanese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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Here’s a Japanese translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches. Thanks Shoichi Goto!

Japanese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

A Spanish version of the book is also available. Korean, Portuguese, German, Chinese, French, and Slovak translations are underway. I’m impressed by the agile community!

All translations will soon be listed on InfoQ. Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

Chinese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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Here’s a Chinese translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches. Thanks Jacky Li!

Chinese version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

A Spanish and Japanese version of the book is also available. Korean, Portuguese, German, French, and Slovak translations are underway. I’m impressed by the agile community!

All translations will soon be listed on InfoQ. Feel free to email me (henrik.kniberg AT crisp.se) if you want to translate the book to your language.

Spanish version of Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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Here’s a draft version of the Spanish translation of my book Scrum and XP from the Trenches. Good work Ángel Medinilla!

Chinese, Korean, German, and Japanese translations are underway, I’ll let you know when they are done.

UPDATE (June 10): Within 1 day of publishing this blog entry I received an offer to translate the book to German and 2 separate offers to translate the book to French. Free of course. What a community! Heartwarming :o)

Scrum and XP from the Trenches in Spanish

Scrum and XP from the Trenches – now on Amazon

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Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now listed on Amazon.com. (as well as on InfoQ).

If you liked the book then go submit a review on Amazon :o)

Scrum and XP from the Trenches – printed version available on InfoQ

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Scrum and XP from the Trenches is now available on InfoQ, with forwards by Mike Cohn and Jeff Sutherland :o)

The printed version costs $22.95, the online version is free but requires registration on InfoQ. My older PDF version is hereby deprecated, so if you have any links please update to the InfoQ version!
http://www.infoq.com/minibooks/scrum-xp-from-the-trenches

Registration at InfoQ is simple and quick, I can strongly recommend it. InfoQ is an excellent site with new and interesting content added every day, and smart personalization features. The checkboxes to the left let you instantly filter the content to match your tastes.

Scrum and XP from the Trenches – version 2.0

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I finally found time to create version 2.0 of "Scrum and XP from the Trenches" :o)

No revolutionary changes. Just wanted to clarify some chapters, add some missing info, and add some new knowledge gained since the first version.

  • Added a chapter on planning poker.
  • Added a chapter on how the team decides which stories to include in a sprint & what the product owner can do to affect this.
  • Clarified how we use velocity metrics in sprint and release planning.
  • Added a chapter on what to do if the product owner doesn’t want to attend the sprint planning meeting.
  • Added a chapter describing why quality is non-negotiable.
  • Added a better picture of the design corner.
  • Added more details on how we do retrospectives, including a whiteboard photo.
  • Added more on offshoring and distributed teams.
  • Lots of minor corrections and clarifications.

Enjoy! And thanks for all the valuable feedback.

Scrum and XP from the Trenches

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Cover pageI’ve written a paper for those of you that are interested in agile software development:

Scrum and XP from the TrenchesHow we do Scrum

It describes lessons learned after a year of experimentation with a 40-person development team.

Contents:

  • How we do product backlogs
  • How we do sprint planning
  • How we communicate sprints
  • How we do sprint backlogs
  • How we arrange the team room
  • How we do daily scrums
  • How we do sprint demos
  • How we do sprint retrospectives
  • How we do release planning and fixed price contracts
  • How we combine Scrum with XP
  • How we do testing
  • How we handle multiple scrum teams
  • How we handle geographically distributed teams