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One of the best phrases I've heard lately is mature DevOps organizations use simple tools to do complex things and immature ones use complex tools to do simple things. Fredrick and Squirrel offer an exceptional framework to understand the communications teams regularly have during their Agile practices. The framework for Record, Review, Revise and Roleplay as well as the two channel breakout for every conversation. Reading through, even though the conversations were aggregated, I could replay many of my own Agile conversations. This book is a must read. If you haven't thought about these practices recently, you need the refresher, and if you haven't thought of them at all, this is an excellent place to start.
This is an important book for anyone wondering why their Agile Transformation has failed, or did not deliver everything that was promised. Chapter One covers a lot of important history, but the hard work begins as you work through the conversation examples. The realness of the conversations really pulls you in.
I've already started applying some of what I learned from this book to my current client.
This is a remarkable book. It wants us to be curious and vulnerable, to embrace fear, build trust, cede control over why, and make meaningful commitments, all as necessary precursors to a culture of healthy accountability. The explicit goal is to fix broken company dynamics, and the techniques it describes require self-reflection and reform. The book is written with clarity and confidence that come from years of experience living, analyzing, and fixing the kinds of problems the book addresses. The subject really is, as the title says, conversations, and the authors provide many examples anyone working in Agile software will recognize easily. Their primary tool is a set of simple scoring procedures to identify conversational problems and successes. The procedures are so easy that two pages suffices to summarize them all at the end, but they target habits of mind that are not easy to undo.
Squirrel and Fredrick don't pitch it this way, but in some ways Agile Conversations is a self-help book. You have to improve your own behavior to take advantage of what the book offers. I may find myself practicing its techniques outside the office as well. In fact, I'd say most of the friends whose company I most enjoy already have some of the qualities the book recommends. The authors don't make such grand claims, but Agile Conversations could change lives.
This is a really important book. As someone in a non-technical field, I found that the lessons and example conversations hit home in a way that transcends industry. This book makes a compelling case of how to best interact both up and down the chain of command, and I will be applying its lessons liberally. Would recommend for anyone who wants improved relationships both in and out of work.
This book really gets down to a lot of the hard stuff on teams... with people... conversations. So many great examples and tools that can help us perform our own deliberate practice as well as improve the teams we're on and around.
Agile Conversations was a revelatory book for me. This was a book I had to study, not simply read. Through research backed theory and practical examples, the authors managed to produce useful and actionable advice on how to better our communication skills. This book gave me reason to start a study group and practice the art of conversation. Using the practical examples and workshop items available in the book, I am able to keep practicing with my group.
On the corporate level, I can appreciate how these new skills will enable me to be a more effective leader and a more efficient employee. What helped with that, was the book helping me realize that it's not the other party that "doesn't get it" or "doesn't understand me", but it is me doing a poor job explaining my fears, my concerns and my viewpoints. Agile Conversations provides a solid framework on how to ensure there are no misunderstandings or communication failures between the parties involved, which makes all the difference in the success of an enterprise.
We have all heard that we need to collaborate more. But this means we have to have conversations and these are a minefield of fear and uncertainty. Agile Conversations accepts this and breaks conversations down into five sorts. Whether you agree with their breakdown or not is not the point. They show you have to reflect on a conversation and improve the next one. Not by magic, but by practice and using a combination of the many (MANY) techniques given. Having more useful conversations will lead to collaboration or at least a way to respectfully agree to disagree.
Ideas potentes pero un tanto abstractas a veces. Prefiero no poner 3 estrellas y poner 4 a la espera de una relectura, ya que creo que la merecerá para aterrizar algunas ideas que no terminan de "encajar"
I shifted from a developer role to a manager role. This gave quickly the insight it's all about the people. This book boosted my knowledge, gave new insights and learned new techniques. I was completely enlightened when I started to practice techniques from the book.If you have ever had the feeling of mastering a programming language, mastering conversations/people can give you exact the same feeling even when you only scratch the surface. And just like with programming languages, you're never done as it keeps evolving. Conversation is such a valuable skill that can be used everywhere, even outside work! An amazing and unique book!
Since I took over the Quality Management work, I was confronted with missing trust, sabotage, and low engagement. This book helps me clearly to improve myself. It is not just superficial pep-talk. Instead, it is a very well organized extraction of decades of experience waiting to be practiced.