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A successful digital transformation must start with a conversational transformation.

Today, software organizations are transforming the way work gets done through practices like Agile, Lean, and DevOps. But as commonly implemented as these methods are, many transformations still fail, largely because the organization misses a critical step: transforming their culture and the way people communicate.

Agile Conversations brings a practical, step-by-step guide to using the human power of conversation to build effective, high-performing teams to achieve truly agile results. Consultants Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick show listeners how to utilize the five conversations to help teams build trust, alleviate fear, answer the “whys,” define commitments, and hold everyone accountable. 

These five conversations give teams everything they need to reach peak performance, and they are exactly what’s missing from too many teams today. 

Stop focusing on processes and practices that leave your organization stuck with culture-less rituals. Instead, unleash the unique human power of conversation.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick (P)2020 Douglas Squirrel and Jeffrey Fredrick

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crucial tools for better communication

Great perspective on good and bad communications patterns. Really liked how accessible this is for developers with TDD for people.

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Second half is good

The first half of the book seemed a bit forced, and while the ideas are good some examples were out has worked in practice would be necessary to convince me.
The second half stuck better with me, i think there are some good points on trust and mutual understanding/clarification. E.g. what does it mean "when a project should be done" for different people in the org.
The examples for trust-conversions weren't that clear in how they were about trust to me.
Not sure I'd recommend, but I haven't seen other good resources on the topic except one of the chapters in "12 rules for life", i.e. "Tell the truth - or, at least, don't lie"

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Life changing book

I enjoyed this book. It's very practical with real examples how to work. It aligns nicely with other books related to servant leadership. you can use it as a workbook,but buy also paper form

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  • Richard James
  • 06-27-20

Fantastic book - easy-to-follow audio

Watch out for now - Audible doesn’t yet have the accompanying PDF - being resolved and doesn’t limit listening pleasure and learning for now (reach out to book publishers for the PDF).

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  • Nando
  • 10-17-21

amazing narrator and great content but...

The content is great and the narrator is very good!

The audiobook has two problems though, first the format for audiobook needs a bit of work, too much "she says, he says, he thought, she thought", it gets very annoying to listen to and hard to follow.

The second problem is the lack of chapter titles which would make it easier to get oriented.

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  • TFC1979
  • 04-20-21

An essential read for Leaders and Managers

One of those books I wish I’d read 20 years ago. Incredibly clear, insightful and interesting practical and includes key learnings from a whole host of brilliant business books I’ve been meaning to read.

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  • darek
  • 02-04-21

An eye opener

Really like the story which goes much further than Agile rituals. It shows how to resolve common miscommunication during any project.

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  • Leanne Fredrick
  • 06-12-20

Great info, well read! Time to practice.

I liked the balance of techniques, tools and client examples. Great information with actionable steps and although I am no longer in the tech world I know it is useful for life in general.

Now for the hard part of putting in the work to help make the methods second nature so I can use them while stressed, when they are needed most.

They pull together information and ideas from many places and have build a logical path to improvement.

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  • Konstantin P
  • 05-31-20

Excellent read about Agile transformation

Highly recommend this book to anyone who works with multicultural tech teams. Humble and human approach to organisational productivity.

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  • Rahul Ballal
  • 03-09-21

A mixed bag of goodies

Some topics dragged too long IMHO. However, I could relate to a lot of examples