So was fortunate enough to be given this book to read. My initial thoughts were ‘oh great another Agile book’. But once I started to read about the experiences surrounding Love INC it made sense and resonated with me.
The resistance to agile has been challenged through this book it’s full of innovative and creative ways to engage teams/users to ensure there’s open channels of both communication and collaboration. Great teachings around how to use agile to ensure a favourable outcome is achieved for all concerned.
Would recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn how to eliminate barriers and obstacles in companies where they may be ‘stuck in their ways’ and resistant to agile.
"The book makes you consciously take off your Project Manager hat and think like a coach when making decisions ( e.g. when one of the team members asks the reader to explain Kanban at the start of the retro, probably would have parked that discussion to ‘get on’ with the objectives of the meeting. However as a coach I took the decision to take the time to explain it because it was the first time this team member had shown any interest and was a good way to get him engaged in the session)"
"I don’t know if the choices I made were the best ones, but I felt positive about the choices that I made. Maybe the intention is that there are many choices and not one of them is the ‘right’ choice?"
"Lots of useful techniques in terms of how the reader engages the team and manager on a one to one basis and how the reader runs the first retro with the team for example."
"Good concise background explanations of terminology and principles ( e.g. explanation of Kanban and where it came from)"
This book puts you into a world where you are an agile coach brought into a company to help their development teams work through problems with agile adoption, process, individuals and communication with the larger organisation.
Each chapter builds the story, demonstrates one or more techniques in that context, and presents a choice at the end. Your job is to decide what to do next and jump to the corresponding chapter. As in real life, an accumulation of "wrong" answers leads to you leaving the adventure early. The book is structured so that you can retrace your steps to find where you went wrong and learn what was the right decision to make.
You will find a lot of techniques that are modelled well in the narrative, plenty of starting material for you to take and research independently and you will almost certainly learn something even if you aren't trying!
The book is very quick to read all the way through and is a lot of fun. I learned more than I thought I would but the downside of this book is that there really aren't any others like it in the field. It seems even more of a chore to go back to reading real books.
This book has been my number one on my summer list and has been a great find. I deal with many Agile teams day-to-day and the way the book is written makes it both very easy to read and extremely relevant. It follows an Agile coach who is given the task of supporting and coaching a failing team. It not only provides practical tools for different situations, but it also shows the relational side of agile/project teams which I have missed in other books. It is a short read, but it has given me plenty to think about, including one 'penny-dropped' moment around the good practice of the coach diary.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Portia and I can see that the scenarios that she develops in the book through the main character shows her own energy and experience. Sebastien
What you are holding in your hands, is a rare piece of art. Art usually is created in a very short time, yet it can not be created without the lifetime and the experience of the artist. Not only did Portia managed to put so much wisdom into this book, she also reinvented the format of agile books. Although it looks like a book, it's also a course, an adventure, a quiz, dare I say even a fairytale? This was the funniest, most inspiring agile book I have ever read. It instantly became my favorite book to give away. Yves Hanoulle, Creative Collaboration Agent, Europe
Seeing how different characters react to a certain tool or topic gives me the confidence to try them out. The tone is gentle, non-preachy and provides personal insights into how a coach should work. I would suggest every Scrum Master read it or something similar every 6 months. Any chance you can write more Agile Adventures to meet this demand?
Reading `The Dream Team Nightmare' is a fun and involving way to understand the basics of Agile, the common challenges practitioners face, and practical ways to address them in your organization. Portia brings in tools as part of the story that those new to Agile, and perhaps not so new, can put into immediate use. It's a great read!
This book puts you in the shoes of an agile coach in a very realistic setting: you will recognise your colleagues, your managers, yourself. You will discover principles, practices, tools and people that can help your team get back on track and grow software that matters for your business.