Succeeding with OKRs in Agile

Publication February 2021

OKRs are about goals bigger than the next story, or even epic. OKRs prioritise purpose and strategy over backlogs. Objectives are big goals; key results are smaller goals that build towards the objective.

OKRs and agile work well together because they are both outcome oriented and results focused. Used right OKRs give purpose, power and authority to teams. Used poorly OKRs can re-introduce command-and-control and hinder agile working.

Allan Kelly has written this short guide to OKRs: writing, organizing to deliver and the pitfalls of using. He doesn’t try to sell OKRs, rather Allan draws on his practical experience with teams working agile and adopting OKRs, day-by-day, quarter-by-quarter.

Initially sceptical, Allan found OKRs became an effective way to focus teams, expose problems, communicate with senior managers and a powerful means of asking bigger questions about product strategy and value.

The Art of Product Ownership

The Art of Agile Product Ownership

Every product owner faces a complex and unique set of challenges within their team. This provides each individual the opportunity to fill the role with different ambitions, skills, and insights. Your product ownership journey can take a variety of paths, and The Art of Agile Product Ownership is here to be your guide.

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Project Myopia

Project Myopia book cover

Projects fail. Some say 40% of all IT projects fail, some say 70%. And it has been that way for years.

Each project fails for its own reasons but they all share one thing in common: the Project Model. Could it be the project model itself which creates failure?

Project Myopia presents the case against projects, aka #NoProjects. This is a companion book to Continuous Digital.

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Continuous Digital

Taking Agile to the next level – An agile alternative to projects

In the digital world, the business is technology, and technology is the business. Every business is a digital business

Continuous Digital is a new management model for digital business. Agile software development was the first wave of process change for digital business. Now it is time to update management models and thinking.

This book describes the Continuous Model, a world in which technology development drives the business and the business drives technology.

Available on Amazon – print and electronic – and LeanPub (DRM free).

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Little Book of Requirements and User Stories

Little Book of User Stories
A Little Book of Requirements and User Stories

Heuristics for requirements in an agile world

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“How do I make my user stories smaller?”

“What is the right size for a user story?”

“What is the difference between an Epic and a Story?”

“And where do Tasks and Sub-tasks fit in?

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The Xanpan book
Xanpan: Team Centric Agile Software Development

Team Centric agile Software Development

A cross between XP and Kanban… Is an example of a roll-your-own method… Is team centric Agile… Is distilled from Allan Kelly’s own experiences running development teams and then helping multiple teams adopt Agile working methods and practices. Xanpan draws ideas from Kanban and Lean, XP and Scrum, Product Management and Business…

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Business Patterns for Software Developers

Business Patterns for Software Developers

You know all about your software product but could do with some help in understanding the strategic side of things. If so, this book is the one–stop resource you′ll need in order to become a successful software entrepreneur. A step–by–step route that needs to be followed in order to understand business strategy and operations.
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