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…
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Very applicable to our situation
- Sheila Shovlin
An Agile Transition Book that really hits home
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.
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.
I have not listened to any other of Paul's performances. He was good an being an American I appreciate the UK accent!
The ending, how everything pulled together in the big moment with the CEO.
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!).
- Nick Hodnick