Book Reviews

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

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 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was created. Prior to, and especially since then, a lot …

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Book Review: The Phoenix Project (IT/DevOps)

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 concepts also apply to software development.  As I worked with many teams that began having …

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Book Review: Lean Software Development – An Agile Toolkit

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 class into 3 groups, each with 7 people.  She showed us how to build a …

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Book Review: Essential Skills for the Agile Developer

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 a 1 hour free webinar that they held – Essential Skills for the Agile Developer …

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Why Books Are Better Than College

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 future and wish I could constantly take classes.  Unfortunate I am currently short on both …

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My Top 10 Books

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 improving myself.  Below are my Top 10 favorite books that span many of those topics. …

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