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An impossible deadline. A runaway project. And then you get the 5:30 a.m. phone call… what could possibly be wrong?
Rolling Rocks Downhill is a fast, fun and often funny read. It's a business novel, just like Eli Goldratt's classic The Goal, where you sit on the characters' shoulders, watching them fight to save their jobs and their baby - a large software-intensive project, called FPP, that has been running late since day 1, but now, suddenly, needs to launch on an impossibly early date, or else. You feel their pain, and their joy, as they battle problem after problem until, slowly, torturously, they rediscover the few - but fundamental - principles underlying successful commercial software development.
Sometimes you're a step ahead. Sometimes a step behind. Sometimes it feels like you're sitting in the room with them…
©2014, 2016 Clarke Ching (P)2016 Clarke Chning
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By Sheila Shovlin on 05-12-16

Very applicable to our situation

It's comforting to hear there is a way out. Even dealing with the executives' impression of the teams' capability level; it's comforting to hear this happens elsewhere.

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By Nick Hodnick on 08-26-16

An Agile Transition Book that really hits home

Would you listen to Rolling Rocks Downhill again? Why?

Absolutely! This book was a great story about a company that is so similar to the one I'm working that is undergoing an agile transition.

What did you like best about this story?

It's agile but doesn't scream agile at you along with Clarke's sense of humor and love for bacon is wonderful. The story was told in a way that allows me in my agile transition to take a different look at how everything is working, from the scrum teams to the executives within the organization.

Have you listened to any of Paul Kearney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other of Paul's performances. He was good an being an American I appreciate the UK accent!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending, how everything pulled together in the big moment with the CEO.

Any additional comments?

Clarke is an amazing author and his book is a great resource for understanding what and how agile works in a real world setting of an organization (which is oddly close to one that I work in!).

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By Jennifers Daddy on 10-19-17

Pretty good, not too long.

The parable was interesting and we get quite a good idea of how changes were implemented. I think I slightly preferred The Phoenix Project, but this is defo worth a listen too.

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By adi ben-nesher on 07-06-17

Not as inspiring as the phoenix project

I have listened to both this book and the phoenix project, I found this one less inspiring and informative even as the story underlining is basically the same and relatively get you a good intro to lean and agile methods for DevOps

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