The Human Side of Agile: How to Help Your Team Deliver

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3P Vantage Media, 2012 - Agile software development - 346 pages
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As an Agile team leader, your biggest challenge is also your biggest asset.
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. But how do you build it and lead it?
Whether you're a ScrumMaster, project manager, functional manager, or team leader, you want to feel good about using Agile and to create the conditions for great results. But the project management skills you honed in traditional environments don't always apply to the role of Agile team leader. 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"
"This book is up there with Peopleware, with concrete examples you can use immediately."
"Dave Rooney, Sherpa, Shopify"
"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"
While readable from cover to cover, the book is written as practical answers to the 80+ most relevant and pressing questions that team leaders ask, such as:
"How Can I Help the Team Buy In?"
"What If I Can't Work Full-Time as the Team's Leader?"
"What Actions Will Build the Team's Trust in Me?"
"How Can I Mitigate the Damage of Performance Reviews?"
"What If a Member Doesn't Fit With the Team?"
"How Can We Focus on Our Work With So Many Meetings?"
"How Do I Get Stakeholders and Managers on My Side?"
"How Can I Make Changes Stick?"
"How Do We Avoid Reverting to Old Behaviors?"

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The book's forewords are by Jim Highsmith and Christopher Avery.
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.

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In writing "The Human Side of Agile," Gil Broza has tapped into fundamental concerns -- and challenges -- of Agile practitioners. For not only does the "human" in the book's title refer to the people that make up any Agile team, it also pertains to those who lead them, to those who run the company, and to the people who purchase and use the end product. Gil encourages Agile team members to take up servant leadership and to steer all involved toward the excellence promised by properly executed Agile. In the last 11 years, Gil has mentored and coached more than 2,000 professionals who then delighted their customers, shipped working software on time, and rediscovered passion for their work. He has also: Worked as a development manager, team leader, and programmer for 12 years, successfully applying Agile methods since 2001 Coached dozens of private- and public-sector clients, large and small, including independent software vendors, custom development firms, and IS/IT departments Served as a regular writer for the prestigious (a PMI publication), contributing articles on effective Agile behaviors Given keynotes and interactive talks at various conferences worldwide Throughout his career, Gil has focused on human characteristics that prevent positive outcomes in software development teams. These include limiting habits, fear of change, outdated beliefs, and blind spots. In helping teams overcome these factors, he supports them in reaching ever-higher levels of performance, confidence, and accomplishment. Organizations looking to fully realize Agile's potential rely on Gil's workshops, consulting, facilitation services, and enablement programs to fix lackluster Agile initiatives and support ongoing improvement. In addition, he offers much-needed services to help ScrumMasters, team leaders, and managers grow as servant leaders. Gil's new book is "The Agile Mind-Set: Making Agile Processes Work." Learn more from him by taking his two innovative self-study courses, "Individuals and Interactions" ( and "Packing List for Your Agile Journey" ( For free guidance, visit to receive Gil's popular "Something Happened on the Way to Agile" mini-program. Its 20 daily training segments will help you break the cycle of Agile mediocrity and move toward the promised benefits of Agile.

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