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The Agile Developer's Handbook

By : Paul Flewelling
Book Image

The Agile Developer's Handbook

By: Paul Flewelling

Overview of this book

This book will help you overcome the common challenges you’ll face when transforming your working practices from waterfall to Agile. Each chapter builds on the last, starting with easy-to-grasp ways to get going with Agile. Next you’ll see how to choose the right Agile framework for your organization. Moving on, you’ll implement systematic product delivery and measure and report progress with visualization. Then you’ll learn how to create high performing teams, develop people in Agile, manage in Agile, and perform distributed Agile and collaborative governance. At the end of the book, you’ll discover how Agile will help your company progressively deliver software to customers, increase customer satisfaction, and improve the level of efficiency in software development teams.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

What's a team liftoff?

When forming a new team regarding a new business problem, there's going to be a fair degree of getting to know the problem as well as getting to know each other.

A team liftoff is a planned set of activities aimed at getting the team up-and-running as quickly as possible. It is useful for two primary reasons:

  1. It sets the tone and gives us a clear purpose
  2. It's an opportunity for team building, which will accelerate team formation

Team liftoffs can span from half a day to a whole week, depending on the activities included. Dedicating time now to giving our team the best possible start is a shrewd investment as a liftoff will likely enable us to become high performers sooner.

Working closely and collaboratively are habits that we want our team to form as quickly as possible. Choosing liftoff activities that create a shared understanding and...