DHC Book Club

CHOOSE YOUR WOW!
Posted May 2020

Choose Your WoW!

A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working

by Scott W. Ambler and Mark Lines

Hundreds of organizations around the world have already benefited from Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD). Disciplined Agile (DA) is the only comprehensive tool kit available for guidance on building high-performance agile teams and optimizing your way of working (WoW). As a hybrid of all the leading agile and lean approaches, it provides hundreds of strategies to help you make better decisions within your agile teams, balancing self-organization with the realities and constraints of your unique enterprise context. The highlights of this handbook include: greatly improved and enhanced strategies with a revised set of goal diagrams based upon learnings from applying DAD in the field; a wealth of ideas for experimenting with agile and lean techniques while providing specific guidance and trade-offs for those “it depends” questions; and a perfect study guide for Disciplined Agile certification. Why “fail fast” (as our industry likes to recommend) when you can learn quickly on your journey to high performance? With this handbook, you can make better decisions based upon proven, context-based strategies, leading to earlier success and better outcomes.


START WITH WHY
Posted April 2020

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Why do you do what you do?

by Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things.

In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way—and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.

Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but very few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit—those are always results. WHY does your organization exist? WHY does it do the things it does? WHY do customers really buy from one company or another? WHY are people loyal to some leaders, but not others?

Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the non-profit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And the people who follow them don't do so because they have to; they follow because they want to.

Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.


ATOMIC HABITS
Posted March 2020

Atomic Habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

by James Clear

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results.

If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you'll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviours that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:
  •  make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
  •  overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
  •  design your environment to make success easier;
  •  get back on track when you fall off course;
...and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits--whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal. 


Managing Change in Organizations A Practice Guide by Project Management Institute
Posted January 2020

Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide

All strategic change happens through programs and projects

by Project Management Institute

Projects and programs by their nature create change, and sophisticated organizations know strategic change happens through projects and programs. Project, program and portfolio managers who want their organizations be successful need the skills to manage change front and center in their talent portfolio.

To answer this growing need, PMI has launched Managing Change in Organizations: A Practice Guide – currently available for free download for a limited time only. This guide helps project and program managers successfully identify change elements and account for them within a project/program plan. It also helps create clear and powerful strategies to guide organizational development, including a means of executing those strategies reliably and effectively.

Not a separate role or function, change management is a skillset for project practitioners that bridges leadership, business acumen and technical skills. The guide is the culmination of PMI’s 20 years of thought leadership in change management and is the definitive guide to help you lead a proactive, planned approach to change.


The Effective Executive
Posted November 2019

The Effective Executive

What makes an effective executive?

by Peter Drucker

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making


Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.


Agile Project Management with Kanban
Posted October 2019

Agile Project Management with Kanban

Use Kanban to maximize efficiency, predictability, quality, and value

by Eric Brechner

With Kanban, every minute you spend on a software project can add value for customers. One book can help you achieve this goal: Agile Project Management with Kanban.

Author Eric Brechner pioneered Kanban within the Xbox engineering team at Microsoft. Now he shows you exactly how to make it work for your team. Think of this book as “Kanban in a box”: open it, read the quickstart guide, and you’re up and running fast. As you gain experience, Brechner reveals powerful techniques for right-sizing teams, estimating, meeting deadlines, deploying components and services, adapting or evolving from Scrum or traditional Waterfall, and more.

For every step of your journey, you’ll find pragmatic advice, useful checklists, and actionable lessons. This truly is “Kanban in a box”: all you need to deliver breakthrough value and quality.

Use Kanban techniques to:

  • Start delivering continuous value with your current team  and project
  • Master five quick steps for completing work backlogs
  • Plan and staff new projects more effectively
  • Minimize work in progress and quickly adjust to change
  • Eliminate artificial meetings and prolonged stabilization
  • Improve and enhance customer engagement
  • Visualize workflow and fix revealed bottlenecks
  • Drive quality upstream
  • Integrate Kanban into large projects
  • Optimize sustained engineering (contributed by James Waletzky)
  • Expand Kanban beyond software development