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About Diana Larsen
I prefer to collaborate. And I'm co-author of three books.
* Liftoff 2nd ed.: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams
*Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
*Five Rules for Accelerated Learning
and co-originator of the Agile Fluency™ Model.
Drawing on 20+ years of experience working with technical professionals, people tell me that I find possibilities where others perceive obstacles. I take a pragmatic approach to promoting workplaces where innovation, inspiration, and imagination flourish.
Here's some official stuff:
As a founding member and director of the Agile Fluency Project http://agilefluency.org , Diana Larsen delivers ways to chart a course for teams, create alignment with management, and secure organizational support for continuous learning and improvement. As a founding partner of FutureWorks Consulting https://futureworksconsulting.com , she leads the practice area for Agile software development, team leadership, and Agile transitions. FutureWorks Consulting contributes to the growth of workplaces where people say, "I love my work; this is the best job ever!"
Diana Larsen delivers inspiring conference keynote talks and facilitates productive Open Space Technology events. As a volunteer, she contributes as a leader with Agile Alliance, Organization Design Forum, Agile Open Northwest, and the Agile Open Initiative.
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Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as “post-mortems”) are only held at the end of the project—too late to help. You need agile retrospectives that are iterative and incremental. You need to accurately find and fix problems to help the team today.
Now Esther and Diana show you the tools, tricks and tips you need to fix the problems you face on a software development project on an on-going basis. You’ll see how to architect retrospectives in general, how to design them specifically for your team and organization, how to run them effectively, how to make the needed changes and how to scale these techniques up. You’ll learn how to deal with problems, and implement solutions effectively throughout the project—not just at the end.
This book will help you:
- Design and run effective retrospectives
- Learn how to find and fix problems
- Find and reinforce team strengths
- Address people issues as well as technological
- Use tools and recipes proven in the real world
With regular tune-ups, your team will hum like a precise, world-class orchestra.
Ready, set, liftoff! Align your team to one purpose: successful delivery. Learn new insights and techniques for starting projects and teams the right way, with expanded concepts for planning, organizing, and conducting liftoff meetings. Real-life stories illustrate how others have effectively started (or restarted) their teams and projects. Master coaches Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies have successfully "lifted off" numerous agile projects worldwide. Are you ready for success?
Every team needs a great start. If you're a business or product leader, team coach or agile practice lead, project or program manager, you'll gain strategic and tactical benefits from liftoffs.
Discover new step-by-step instructions and techniques for boosting team performance in this second edition of Liftoft. Concrete examples from our practices show you how to get everyone on the same page from the start as you form the team. You'll find pointers for refocusing an effort that's gone off in the weeds, and practices for working with teams as complex systems. See how to scale liftoffs for multiple teams across the enterprise, address the three key elements for collaborative team chartering, establish the optimal conditions for learning and improvement, and apply the GEFN (Good Enough for Now) rule for efficient liftoffs. Throughout the book are stories from real-life teams lifting off, as seasoned coaches describe their experiences with liftoffs and agile team chartering.
Focused conversations help the team align, form, and build enough trust for collaborating. You'll build a common understanding of the teams' context within business goals. Every liftoff is unique, but success is common!