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Book Club – June 2018: "The Dream Team Nightmare: Boost Team Productivity Using Agile Techniques"

Book Club – June 2018: "The Dream Team Nightmare: Boost Team Productivity Using Agile Techniques"


The Dream Team Nightmare: Boost Team Productivity Using Agile Techniques

This first-ever interactive Agile Adventure is the gripping tale of an experienced team struggling with agile adoption. In this unique mashup of a business novel written in gamebook format, you’ll overcome common yet daunting challenges that come from using agile methods. As Jim, the agile coach, you’ll learn to apply a range of thinking tools and techniques to real-life problems faced by teams and organizations.  Find out what really works and what fails miserably from the consequences of your choices. Unlike in the real world, if at first you don’t succeed, you can make different choices until you get things right.

Management is read y to disband your new agile team and outsource your project. Can you save the Dream Team? The Dream Team started their journey 18 months ago. Since then, life has become a nightmare. Progress has grounded to a halt.  Morale is low. Quality has become taboo. You have five days to figure out how to get the team back on track. There will be conflict and maybe tears. One thing is for sure: there will be plenty of tough decisions to make.

Inspired by a classic gamebook series, this fun and interactive story has eight different endings designed to enrich and put your agile development knowledge and experience to the test. Packed with familiar scenarios an agile team faces every day, The Dream Team Nightmare offers you the chance to see what would happen if you could do things differently so you can change the way you do thinks for real with confidence.

Combining practical team-building exercises with effective facilitation and Systems Thinking, by the end of the book you’ll be ready to rescue projects in trouble, and get new projects off to a better start.

What reviewers say about The Dream Team Nightmare:

Engaging and fun to read, The Dream team Nightmare is jam-packed with fresh idea and techniques that are easy to adopt. It’s also a great springboard for follow-up reading on the bigger ideas such as systems thinking. I would heartily recommend it to everyone to share with their teams. –Victoria Morgan-Smith, Scrum Master

The Dream Team Nightmare is a breath of fresh air in comparison to other books on project theory and process out there. It provides you with a wealth of information to make better decisions on your project. –James Major, Project Manager, Network Rail

The Dream Team Nightmare is packed with tips and concrete techniques for how to do just about everything an agile coach does. Portia’s entertaining book is totally unlike any other agile book you’ve ever read. –Liz Sedley, author of Agile Coaching

by Portia Tung

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf, 1st edition
  • Publication Date: November 18, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:  1937785718
  • ISBN-13:  978-1937785710

PDU Reporting for reading the selection:
We estimate this book to take 4 hours to read. Individual reading time may vary. When you have finished the book you must self-report to claim the PDUs in the Technical Talent Triangle category

Cost of Event:
There is no cost to attend this event. Attendees will be responsible for acquiring the book and cover their food / beverage costs. The book may be purchased or checked out from a local library.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in actively discussing Project Management related books.

Prerequisites or Requirements:
Register on website and (preferably) read the book.

Date / Time of Event:
6/14/2018  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location of Event:
McAlister’s Deli
2323 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO  65109

Speaker’s Name:
Facilitator – Dan Crouch

Talent Triangle
Technical (2 PDU)

PMI Event ID (ID used to register event with PMI)

Event Benefits:
Professional Development, Exposure to Agile Techniques, Networking

Event Content and Breaks (Schedule Overview):
2 hour meeting – short break at 1 hour

Event Properties

Event Date 06-14-2018 6:00 pm
Event End Date 06-14-2018 8:00 pm
Capacity 20
Registered 6
Available place 14
Cut off date 06-13-2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location McAlister's Deli - Jefferson City

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