Convert your greatest challenge into your greatest asset!
Whether you’re a ScrumMaster, project manager, functional manager, or team leader, you want to feel good about using Agile and create the conditions for great results. But the project management skills you honed in traditional environments don’t always apply to Agile team leadership. The book, The Human Side of Agile fills this gap, guiding you to:
- Establish yourself as a confident and capable leader who adds value
- Build and lead an engaged team that can handle almost any challenge
- Cultivate collaboration and a continuous improvement mind-set
- Reap the full benefits of Agile in the real world with real people
“I just found the next must-read book for our entire leadership team.”
Tricia Broderick, Director of Development, TechSmith
The human side of Agile is tricky. It’s the least manageable, understood, and appreciated asset in an Agile environment. Even if your customers are reasonably happy and your developers seem to be doing okay, you know your team is capable of more: delivering great products and staying ahead of ever-changing demands.
You need a team that’s self-organized, energetic, and flexible, even in tough situations. This book shows you how to build it and lead it.
“Agile teams need effective leaders who ‘get’ the people stuff. Without that you’re merely going through the Agile motions.”
Scott W. Ambler, co-creator of Disciplined Agile Delivery
“This book is up there with Peopleware, with concrete examples you can use immediately.”
Dave Rooney, Sherpa, Shopify
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jim Highsmith
Foreword by Christopher Avery
Part I: Design your role for outstanding value (sample excerpt)
Chapter 1: Step into Agile Team Leadership
Chapter 2: Add Value as an Agile Team Leader
Chapter 3: Be the Best Leader for Your Team
Part II: Grow a solid team (sample excerpt)
Chapter 4: Select Members for a New Team
Chapter 5: Fulfill Preconditions for Teamwork
Chapter 6: Cultivate Team Agility
Chapter 7: Manage Behaviors That Derail Teams
Part III: Engage people in powerful conversations (sample excerpt)
Chapter 8: Master Your Communication
Chapter 9: Make Meetings Matter
Part IV: Be the Agile leader (sample excerpt)
Chapter 10: Champion Your Team
Chapter 11: Lead People Through Change
Chapter 12: Defuse Resistance
Part V: Sustain your team for the long haul (sample excerpt)
Chapter 13: Make Continuous Improvement a Reality
Chapter 14: Stay the Course
What Do I Do Next?
Appendix: What Do Functional and Line Managers Do in Agile?
“Practical answers to the most relevant and pressing questions that team leaders ask.”
Chris Young, VP Engineering, Entertainment Group, Autodesk
“There is only one side of Agile — the human side! Rediscover the simple but profound practices and behaviors that transform the human discourse into creative solutions. It’s a must read for anyone who wants things faster, better, and cheaper.”
David Spann, President, Agile Adaptive Management
“Is your Agile project missing stewardship, the facilitation that would help it succeed? If so, run to buy Gil’s book. Chock full of stories, tips, and advice, this book will ‘unwedge’ your project, and position you for effective team leadership throughout your project.”
Johanna Rothman, author, Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
“I’ve rarely seen so much useful, concrete advice packaged in such a simple and accessible way.”
Henrik Kniberg, Agile coach, author, Scrum and XP from the Trenches and Lean from the Trenches.
Gil Broza, founder and chief specialist at 3P Vantage, has successfully mentored Agile leaders and their teams since 2004. Gil’s guidance helps professionals adopt effective, humane, and responsible approaches to software development.