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I was asked to pull the In Practice series together into a book, so I have. Here's the blurb:
The development of complex systems is fraught with difficulty. Many organizations have taken the vocabulary and outward form of agile practice, but without sponsoring the deep change that agile adoption genuinely requires. The benefits they hope for escape them...and their projects continue to fail. All too often, nothing really changes at all.
This book tells you what agile practice is really about, and how to achieve it. The essential components of an agile way of working are laid out chapter by chapter. The book concludes with a concise treatment of the agile transformation problem, and shows how to leverage agile patterns and practices in order to resolve it.
You can buy it at amazon.com. ISBN 978-1-908552-49-5, 260 pages.
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This month's gargoyle is on Paisley Abbey in the centre of the town of Paisley, about 12 miles west of Glasgow in Scotland. It is believed that Saint Mirren (Mirin) founded a community on this site in 7th century. After his death a shrine was established which became a popular site of pilgrimage and veneration. The name Paisley may derive from the Brythonic Passeleg, maning 'basilica'. In 1163 a charter was made for a priory to be set up in the town. Dedicated to Saints Mary, James, Mirin and Milburga, around 13 monks came from the Cluniac priory at Much Wenlock in Shropshire to found the community. It was raised to the status of abbey in 1245. In 1307, Edward I of England had the abbey burned down although it was rebuilt later in the 14th century. William Wallace is believed to have been educated here for some time when he was a boy.
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I'm Chief Scientist at proAgile Ltd. You could pretty much say that software engineering methodologies are my bag.
I specialize in agile transformations at enterprise scale, and tweet and blog quite actively about this. I'm also the curator at agilepatterns.org.
Hobbywise, I'm into Extreme Ironing. I've ironed underneath the ice-sheet of a frozen lake, and I've also gifted the world with the "fusion" sport of bog snorkelling + extreme ironing.
I do quite a bit of scuba diving in lakes and rivers, mainly in pursuit of antique bottles.
Cave diving is another interest, and I have traversed White Lady sump in the Dan-yr-Ogof system while training under the redoubtable Martyn Farr.
Of course, I have plumbed even murkier depths on public sector IT projects. This latter experience once lead to an outburst of Vogon Poetry; you can commiserate by reading it here.