Little Book, Xanpan & Product Ownership


Free samples of Project Myopia and Continuous Digital are now available for download.

Art of Product Ownership

The Art of Product Ownership

Publication October 2019: pre-order today

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.

Project Myopia

Now available on Amazon!

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.

Buy today on you local Amazon.

Continuous Digital

An agile alternative to projects

In the digital age every business is a digital business, every business depends on software. The business is technology and the technology is the business.

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

Available to pre-order on Amazon. Due for publication October 2018.

Final drafts of Continuous Digital are available on LeanPub to buy as an e-book.

Little Book of User Stories

Heuristics for requirements in an agile world

Written to answer the questions:

“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?”

“Who writes user stories?”

Little Book of User Stories on an Amazon near you now.

Listen to Little Book – audio version on Audible.

Product Ownership

An an Agile and Digital world

A companion to Little Book of Requirements and User Stories

Who is the product owner?

What about Business Analysts? And Product Managers?

How do you scale up Product Ownership?

And the four essential attributes of the Product Owner
Work in progress – only on LeanPub – buy now and receive free updates as the book is written


Team Centric agile Software Development

A Kanban/Extreme Programming (XP) hybrid
Xanpan is… 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…

Reviews and comments on Xanpan:

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.
Reviews for Business Patterns

Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Changing Software Development

Learning to be Agile

Changing Software Development

Changing Software Development Learning to be Agile is a study in changing the software development process. At a practical level it sets out to help the reader change the way software is created.Changing Software Development considers learning to be the vital tool in the change process. In doing so it blends the fields of management and software development.

The book argues that software development as primarily a learning activity and software developers are at the cutting edge of the twenty-first century knowledge economy.

From Amazon UK

Published by John Wiley & Sons, 2008

Japanese translation – Changing Software Development in Japanese

Agile Reader series

Only available online –

So much has been written about Agile that is sometimes seems there is little new to say. The essays in these mini-book attempt to get under the skin of Agile and look at how it works in real life.

The Agile Reader series was originally compiled to provide additional information and background to those taking courses with Software Strategy Ltd. It is offered here for anyone with an interest in Agile development and the writing of Allan Kelly.

Essays include: Blue-White-Red describes an example Agile process, part Extreme Programming, part Scrum, part Lean and the rest stuff that worked for the team concerned and might just work elsewhere; the role of Business Analysts, Product Managers and other “Product Owners”; how to run a stand-up meeting; the importance of objectives and more.

Business Analysis & Leadership

The book takes a framework for leadership, starting off with a focus on the self, then leading within your project, then moving out to leading across your organization and, finally, leading in the wider world.

Allan Kelly contributed a chapter on Knowledge Sharing and Analysis with Patterns.

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

97 Things contains sage advice from over 30 experienced software developers. Two of the contributions are from Allan Kelly:

  • Two Wrongs Make A Right (and are difficult to fix)
  • Check Your Code First Before Looking to Blame Others

Published by O’Reilly, 2010
Edited by Kevlin Henney (2010)

Pattern Languages of Program Design


Volume 5, 2006 – Edited by Dragos Manolescu, Markus Voelter, and James Noble
19 patterns and pattern collections relating to the development of software systems. Including Encapsulated Context pattern by Allan Kelly.
Available from Amazon

Published by Addison-Wesley, 2006

EuroPLoP 2009 Proceedings

EuroPLoP 2009

Chair of the 2009 conference and co-editor of the conference proceedings

Available as a free PDF download or paid for printed version from
Buy EuroPLoP 2009 at Lulu