Agile Book Club: Investing In Change

For this book club session, we had a special guest: Diana Larsen! Diana Larsen is a team dynamics expert and change guru who’s been part of the Agile community since the beginning. She’s best known for coauthoring Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great with Esther Derby. She contributed two practices on team dynamics and improvement to the book and I’m thrilled she was able to join us to discuss organizational change.

Discussion topics:

  • Have you been part of a change, or led a change (Agile or not)? What was it like? Tell some stories from your experience.

  • What have you seen work, and not work, when people try to create change?

  • The book talks about the importance of manager, team member, and business stakeholder buy-in. In your experience, how do those groups react to change similarly and differently?

  • What’s the first thing you would do if you were asked to lead an Agile change? What would come next?

About the Book Club

The Art of Agile Development Book Club takes place Fridays from 8:00 – 8:45am Pacific. Each session uses an excerpt from the new edition of my book, The Art of Agile Development, as a jumping-off point for a wide-ranging discussion about Agile ideas and practices.

Visit the event page for more information, including an archive of past sessions. For more about the book, visit the Art of Agile Development home page.

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