Real World Agility Practical Guidance for Agile Practitioners

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/20/2016
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

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Proven Solutions for the Most Widespread and Frustrating Agile Challenges

“This book gives you the answers that a wise mentor would have given you, if you had one.

Daniel Gullo shares his insights on the principal questions that everyone coming

to the world of Agile will inevitably encounter. ”

–From the foreword by Stephen Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management

Agile is becoming ubiquitous, but successful Agile implementation remains difficult. Organizations keep getting stuck on the same issues. However, with Real World Agility: Practical Guidance for Agile Practitioners, that need not happen to you.


World-renowned Agile coach and consultant Daniel James Gullo identifies and addresses nearly sixty widespread challenges faced by anyone trying to derive value from Agile. Drawing on his vast experience guiding Agile teams to success, Gullo helps you accurately diagnose your problems, describes each solution with maximum clarity, and concisely presents the details you need in order to act effectively.


This accessible guide is for every project participant and stakeholder: from ScrumMasters and team leads to developers, project managers, product owners, and customers. Gullo addresses methods ranging from Scrum to Kanban, guides you on scaling Agile, and even helps you apply it beyond software development.


Coverage includes

  • Making sense of Agile’s many “flavors”
  • Overcoming key hurdles in transitioning from waterfall
  • Addressing cultural obstacles
  • Meshing Agile teams with your management hierarchy
  • Engaging executives with Agile practices and values
  • Clarifying relationships among ScrumMasters, product owners, and project managers
  • Smoothly handling key tasks, such as organizing backlogs and defining sprints
  • Taking advantage of continuous integration and test-driven development
  • Bringing Agile to distributed teams and large product portfolios

Throughout, vignettes show exactly how Agile problems manifest in the real world–and how Gullo’s solutions can help you overcome them. As you learn from others’ experiences, you’ll quickly begin to see a clear path to success.

Author Biography

Daniel Gullo is founder and principal of Apple Brook Consulting; is the founder of and chief advisor to Agile Delaware; and is a frequent reviewer, volunteer, and speaker for the Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, PMI, and other organizations. Daniel serves on the Trainer Acceptance Committee (TAC) for the Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) certification program and is also a reviewer of Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC) applications. He is a founding member of the Scrum Coaching Retreat Planning Committee; host of Coaches Clinic events; and facilitator of Open Space Events, including the Scrum Alliance’s largest Open Space ever at the Scrum Gathering in Berlin (with more 500 people) and the Scrum Gathering in Shanghai. Daniel is well known and highly revered as “the hardest working man in Agile,” a title bestowed on him by several of his colleagues in the training and coaching community. His tireless dedication and effort has earned him the Most Valuable Agile Professional Award for 2015.

Table of Contents

1. Foreword
2. Introduction
3. Scrum
4. Extreme Programming
5. Kanban
6. Scaling
7. Projects vs. Products vs. Services
8. Non-Software Related

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