• Rocks into Gold: An Agile Parable

  • By: Clarke Ching
  • Narrated by: Barry Schwam
  • Length: 48 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A business parable about agile project management that never mentions the word "agile".

What if you could easily get 80% of the benefits of agile without changing how you build software?

Bob Billington has a problem: he's about to lose his job because the economy has taken a sudden nosedive, taking the big project he is working on with it. Bob, a natural-born problem solver, starts asking questions, the first being, "What does it take for a project to be commercially viable in a recession?"

Bob's questions surprise his bosses and his customers.... Why does a programmer need to know about business? The answers surprise everyone....

©2015 Clarke Ching (P)2015 Clarke Ching

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Short but sweet overview of Agile philosophy

Entertaining yet highly educational high level overview of the Agile mindset and philosophy. A very quick lesson.

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Nice story!

Easy to follow and understand how agile can be used and save time and money.

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The book ended...

Just when story started. Just because they figured out a new contract model doesn’t mean they have successfully executed the strategy. There is a priori assumption of success and now I have to read Clarke Ching’s other book. This one should be available for free

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  • 04-04-18

Awful Narrator

Apart from the terrible narration, this audiobook is not up to the standard of the authors previous work. A disappointment.

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  • 07-13-15

Well Done Clarke...

Please read this little parable as a primer on why Agile makes you better off. Its is a great example and very accessable.