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Choose Your WoW! Second Edition Is Now Available

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Choose Your WoW 2nd Edition

I'm proud to say that the second edition of Choose Your WoW! is now available.  It was released in early February and as you can see my physical copies arrived today, and they look great.

 

Choose Your WoW! is Concise

The focus of the second edition is to provide an overview of the DA tool kit, rather than the first edition which provides both an overview and detailed reference information. As you know we updated the reference material on a quarterly basis, as per our version control strategy, which meant the reference material contained in the first edition has gotten out of sync with the current material. To address this issue we have removed sections 2-5 from Choose Your WoW, which provided reference information for Inception, Construction, Transition, and Ongoing process goals respectively. This information is now captured on PMI.org, via a combination of the process goal overview pages and in the DA Browser.

In short, pun intended, the second edition is 125 pages where the first edition was 441 pages.  As you can see in the picture below, the difference is clear.

Choose Your WoW 2nd Edition

 

Choose Your WoW! is Updated 

We have also updated the overview material in the book to bring it into alignment with version 5.3 of the DA tool kit.  The key changes that we made to the material are:

  • Chapter 1: Added Figure 1.4, a screen shot from the DA Browser; Updated Figure 1.6 (Scope of DA diagram), to reflect the simplification of the Foundation layer.
  • Chapter 2: Updated Figure 2.2 to reflect the updated scaling factors (we went from 6 to 7). Changes: We added the Skill Availability factor, renamed Technical Complexity to Solution Complexity, and made the choices on the vertices non-IT specific.
  • Chapter 3: Figure 3.3 (process goals overview) updated to list the three new Ongoing process goalsMeasure OutcomesOrganize Metrics, and Intake Work; Figure 3.6 (tactical scaling factors) updated to reflect the 7 tactical scaling factors.
  • Chapter 4: No changes of note.
  • Chapter 5: Figure 5.1 (process goal level of detail) updated to reflect the new scope of this book; Figure 5.2 (process goals overview) this is a repeat of Figure 3.3 above; Figure 5.5 is now a screen shot from the DA Browser rather than a text table; and Figure 5.6 added, a screen shot from the DA Browser showing how references work.
  • Chapter 6: Figure 6.11 (MBI/MVP overview) updated to make the descriptions clearer; Figure 6.14 (choosing a lifecycle flowchart) simplified to reflect feedback from practitioners.
  • Chapter 7: This is now an updated version Chapter 28 from the first edition.
  • References: Reduced the number of references because many of them were specific to Sections 2-5 in the First edition. All of those references removed from the book appear in the DA Browser as references.
  • Index: Reduced in size due to the removal of sections 2-5. 

 

Choose Your WoW! is in Color

The first edition was in monochrome the second edition, as you can see in the picture below, is in color.  Although my photo isn't the greatest, the color really is sharp.

Choose Your WoW 2nd Edition

 

How to Get Choose Your WoW! Second Edition

There are several ways that you can obtain a copy of the book:

  1. Free PDF. Like many PMI books, all current PMI members can download a personalized PDF of the book.  
  2. From the PMI book store. At the PMI bookstore we are selling it for $19.95 US for either paper or EPUB format.
  3. From Amazon. The book will be available at the various Amazons throughout the world in the coming weeks. 

All three options are linked to from the Choose Your WoW! book page.

Mark Lines, myself, and everyone at PMI hope that you find the book a valuable asset on your learning journey.

Posted by Scott Ambler on: March 01, 2022 03:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Choose Your WoW! is now available

Categories: #ChooseYourWoW, agile, book, Scrum

Choose Your WoW!

We're happy to announce that our book, Choose Your WoW!, is now available via PMI Publications ($15.95 US for PMI members, $19.95 for non-members).  It is also available on Amazon in both print and digital format ($19.95 and $18.95 respectively).  Previous versions of the book were available only via Amazon.  

Choose Your WoW! includes an overview of the Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit, but its focus is on the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) portion of the tool kit and how to choose your way of working (WoW) using DA.  

 

How Will This Affect DA Certification?

We are in the process of evolving the DA certification tests to be based on a combination of the material captured in the courseware and in Choose Your WoW!  Right now the test is based solely on the courseware.  When we have an exact date for when we intend to released the updated tests we will announce via normal channels.

 

What's New in Choose Your WoW!?

We've made several changes in this version of the book:

  1. Evolved the organization of the DA tool kit. This has mostly impacted Chapter 1 as that's where we describe DA. We recently wrote about how the DA Overview diagram has evolved and will follow with several other blog postings over the next few weeks. 
  2. Evolved the DA Mindset.  In the past the DA mindset was captured via the DA Principles in combination with the DA Manifesto.  We feel that it's about time that we unshackle ourselves from the Agile Manifesto, it has been 19 years after all, and refactor how we describe a Disciplined Agile way of thinking.  We reworked Chapter 2 to describe the mindset in terms of principles, promises, and guidelines.  We'll publish a blog about this soon.
  3. Updated many of the graphics. Our graphic artists reworked the diagrams contained throughout the book.  We hope you like the new style.
  4. Updated the cover.  We wanted a new look and feel to the book series that reflects the new PMI branding.  
  5. Fixed some spelling and grammar issues

 

Why Isn't This a Second Edition?

The changes to the DA tool kit had an impact on Section 1 of the book. The other sections, which are a reference for the process goals, were not impacted by this release of DA.  So we felt there wasn't enough of a change to warrant calling this book a second edition.

 

 

Posted by Scott Ambler on: April 17, 2020 01:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Choose Your WoW! is now available

 

Our new book, Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working, is now available!

This handbook is an indispensable guide for agile coaches and practitioners to identify what techniques – including practices, strategies, and lifecycles – are effective in certain situations and not as effective in others. This advice is based on proven experience from hundreds of organizations facing similar situations to yours.

There are literally hundreds of books that have been written on agile and lean. So why one more? Most books focus on just a subset of what is required to delivery end-to-end solutions in an agile manner. Developing a coherent approach to the complete picture by piecing together these practices is difficult, especially when the advice in many of these books is conflicting and not well researched, often based on just a few successful applications in a specific context.

Disciplined Agile (DA) is the only toolkit available that combines the most effective practices across lean and agile methods into one comprehensive context-driven approach that you can use to optimize your way of working (WoW).

This book is organized into several sections:

  1. Disciplined Agile in a Nutshell. This section describes guided continuous improvement, the Disciplined Agile (DA) Mindset, and of course DA itself.
  2. Successfully Initiating Your Team. This section describes strategies for how a team can do just enough work to get themselves organized and to come to a general agreement around the scope, architectural strategy, and plan for the current release.
  3. Producing Business Value. This section describes a myriad of agile and lean strategies for producing a minimal marketable release (MMR) of a consumable solution that is ready to be transitioned into production or the marketplace.
  4. Releasing Into Production. This section describes techniques to successfully release a consumable solution into production or the marketplace. Ideally this is a fully automated activity that runs in minutes or hours.
  5. Sustaining and Enhancing Your Team. This section describes strategies that support the team and/or help to make it more effective. This includes techniques for helping to grow individual team members, for evolving your team’s WoW, and for coordinating both within the team and with other teams in your organization.

For more information, please visit the Choose Your WoW! book page.

Posted by Scott Ambler on: January 08, 2019 01:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery 2nd Edition is now available!

Categories: agile, book, DAD Book, Kanban, lean, News, Scrum

I’m happy to announce that Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery 2nd Edition: A Small Agile Team’s Journey from Scrum to Disciplined DevOps is now available.  The 111 page book sells for $9.99 US for the paperback edition and $3.99 US for the Kindle edition.  The book is currently available on Amazon.com in the US and will soon be available on Amazon in other countries as per Amazon’s usual deployment strategy.

This book provides a quick overview of how agile software development works from beginning-to-end.  It describes Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), the first of four levels of the Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework, and works through a case study describing a typical agile team’s experiences adopting a DA approach.  The book describes how the team develops the first release of a mission-critical application while working in a legacy enterprise environment.  It describes their experiences from beginning-to-end, starting with their initial team initiation efforts through construction and finally to deploying the solution into production.  It also describes how the team stays together for future releases, overviewing their process improvement efforts from their Scrum-based beginnings through to a lean continuous delivery approach that fits in with their organization’s evolving DevOps strategy.

What’s Different in This Edition

In the 2.5 years since the first edition was released DAD, and to a greater extent the DA toolkit in general, has evolved. Here are the major changes:

  • Chapter 3 was completely rewritten to reflect the changes to DAD, in particular to addition of the Continuous Delivery: Agile lifecycle as well as the evolution of several process goals.
  • Chapter 12 was rewritten to describe how the team, and more importantly the organization they work within, evolve into a Disciplined DevOps strategy. In the first edition we just took the team to the Continuous Delivery: Lean point, but in this edition we take them right into DevOps.
  • Appendix A was rewritten to reflect the latest release of the DA toolkit. When the first edition was released the 2.1 version of the toolkit was overviewed in the Appendix. Since then the toolkit has been expanded to address four levels – DAD, Disciplined DevOps, Disciplined Agile IT, and now Disciplined Agile Enterprise (DAE) – instead of the original three. With the addition of DAE the DA toolkit provides true insight for how to begin supporting business agility within your organization.
  • General updates were made throughout the book, including the update of several diagrams to reflect the evolution of DAD, expanding on a few ideas that readers said they wanted to hear more about, and fixing a few outstanding grammar errors.
  • The book is using a slightly larger format, 6 inches by 9 inches, to match An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile format. Similarly we also updated the cover to be consistent with that book.
Posted by Scott Ambler on: January 31, 2018 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Announcement: An Executive's Guide to Disciplined Agile is now available!

Categories: agile, book, Kanban, lean, Scrum

Executive Guide to Disciplined Agile

We’re happy to announce that our new book, An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility is now available.  The book is currently available on Amazon in paperback for $39.99 US and will soon be available on the Kindle.

Overview

The agile community has figured out how to build and then continually improve very high-performance software development teams. This is akin to creating a race car engine and then evolving it to get more power, better fuel efficiency, and greater speed. Sadly in many cases we take these great engines, put them into an organizational tractor, and then complain that we’re not winning the race. What we need to do is take our great race car engines (our development teams), put them into a race car (a DevOps ecosystem), have a great pit crew and driver (an effective IT organization), and then provide somewhere to race (an organization that can leverage IT to make money). That’s what this book is all about – Moving from optimizing team performance to optimizing the entire enterprise.

Business agility – being an adaptive, lean, responsive, and learning organization – is the race that enterprises need to win today. Yet there is no quick fix, no silver bullet, to attain business agility. This is a multi-year journey requiring hard work, experimentation, and most importantly a willingness to improve. The Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit lowers risks and provides a path to accelerate your journey to business agility. The framework is unique in that it is the only one that puts all the pieces together into a cohesive enterprise roadmap for business agility transformation.

This book begins with an overview of the challenges and opportunities that organizations face. We then describe seven principles that provide the underpinnings of the Disciplined Agile (DA) toolkit. Then the book works through Disciplined Agile Delivery (how to build a world-class engine), Disciplined DevOps (the race car), Disciplined Agile IT (the race car and its team), and what it means to be a Disciplined Agile Enterprise (the racing business).  The book ends with a plan for starting with an Agile transformation and then evolving into a long-term continuous improvement strategy.

Do you have the discipline it takes to win the race to business agility?

For More Information

Please visit the page An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile: Winning the Race to Business Agility.

Posted by Scott Ambler on: July 17, 2017 08:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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