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Book Review – Adopting and Sustaining the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

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I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with 2 of the 3 authors (Si & Mark) and must say it has been a truly amazing experience. Agile (in the broad sense) has been a growing collection of knowledge, especially since

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Book Review – The 4-Hour Workweek

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I had heard about “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss for quite a while, but it took me some time to get around to reading it.  That was probably because I have ~200 books on my “want to read” list

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Book Review: The Power of Personal Accountability

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I purchased this book several years ago, but for some reason never got around to reading it.  As I was taking inventory in my library the other day, I realized that I had not yet read it.  The Power of

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Book Review: The Phoenix Project (IT/DevOps)

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I have worked in software development for several years.  Early on, I realized the benefits of utilizing agile practices and have preached them ever since.  Along the way, I educated myself on lean and also determined that many of those

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Book Review: Eight Steps to Seven Figures

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When I was in my senior year of college, a friend let me borrow The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich.  The book really introduced me into the world of personal finance.  One I understood some

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Book Review: Lean Software Development – An Agile Toolkit

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I first read Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Mary and Tom Poppendieck several years ago when I was introduced to lean.  While attending a leadership training, the practitioner had us perform an activity involving building paper airplanes.  She split the

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Book Review: Essential Skills for the Agile Developer

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I am a big fan of NetObjectives training and their books.  Their website offers a plethora of resources surrounding lean, agile, kanban and plenty of technical topics to support these frameworks and methodologies. I was introduced to this book through

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Why Books Are Better Than College

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First off, I apologize to all of my college professors.  I have spent 7+ years taking college classes at 3 different colleges and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  In fact, I plan to take more classes in the

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Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese?

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Warning: Even though this book has a great message regarding change, please do not try to explain it to your friends.  They will look at you funny and probably lose faith in anything that you say in the future.  Instead,

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My Top 10 Books

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I read a lot of books.  Most of my reading is not “fun” reading (as my wife would describe).  I generally read books on the topic of self improvement, motivation, finance, business, software development, etc.  I really enjoy learning and

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