"How do we get started with Agile?"

"Do you have any good books or articles on Agile?"

"How do we do Agile?"

Here are the recommendations I make, and the approach I've used at multiple companies and with dozens of teams, to instill an Agile culture and establish the day-to-day processes for using Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Lean.

  1. Read the Four Agile Values: https://agilemanifesto.org
  2. Watch the Agile Product Ownership Video (15 minutes)
  3. Read the Scrum Guide (13 pages): https://scrumguides.org/index.html
  4. Read the 12 Agile Principles: https://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html
  5. Identify Roles (Product Owner, Scrum Master, Scrum Team)
  6. Identify Work (Backlog and Sprint 0)
  7. Set Schedules (two week Sprints, 15 minute Daily Standup)
  8. Coach... Coach... Coach...

Book Recommendations

Agile is not a process. Agile is not a fad. Agile is not merely a set of rules. Rather, Agile is a set of rights, expectations, and disciplines of the kind that form the basis of an ethical profession. -Robert C. Martin, Clean Agile: Back to Basics.

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