Scrum Book Available for Pre-Order

I was very excited to learn that my new book, Scrum: Novice to Ninja, is now available for preorder from Amazon, O’Reilly, and SitePoint. I’ve been working on this book for about six months. I was contacted by the publisher after writing several articles about scrum for their readers. It’s probably the longest nonfiction project that I’ve worked on since I wrote my Masters thesis.

Right now the book is in final edits. I’m working on the preface, creating a mini glossary, and watching as the designer comes up with representations of the sketches I created to illustrate different concepts. I love working with a team, and the process has been magically straightforward.

I wrote the book with the target audience in mind of web developers and mobile developers. I thought the title might reflect that, but the publisher’s including it in a series of other books with a similar titling structure. I don’t think that’ll be a problem.

I’m looking forward to hearing what people think of it. I took a few liberties as I wrote, and I would say that it’s probably not your typical nonfiction book on process management for engineering teams. I’ll let you know as soon as it’s off the presses and in my hands.

Navigating Greatness Network Logo

Things have been busy with my mastermind group. Remember the folks I told you I met at the podcasting class with Lewis Howes? Well we stayed in touch, and we’ve decided to form a mastermind group. We’re calling ourselves Navigating Greatness Network. I even dusted off my design skills to create a contemporary origami style logo for us.

The group includes several people who already have podcasts: Tracy DeLuca’s Results May Vary, Paula Jenkins’ Jump Start Your Joy, Adam Siddiq’s Soulfully Optimized Life, and Malek Banoun’s Coach Malek Show. I’ll be adding my own Hack the Process podcast to that list in early 2016. I’ve already started lining up interviews, and the focus for the show is clear now. What’s more, I know why the world needs it, and why I’m in a good position to help provide it.

Having a group of people to motivate each other, and share tips and resources, is turning out to be the best gift I could give myself. It’s amazing how the ideas fly around whenever somebody suggests something new, and how many directions we can already see to go in to cross promote and support each other.

Of course part of that comes from teaming up with people who already have a mission to help change the world and improve people’s lives.

I feel like I’m getting so much closer to launching my podcast. It’s very exciting.

Pathfinding 101 Completed

I knew the pathfinding class I signed up for would be worth it. The class was led by Pace Smith, and structured as three weekly webinars, along with a series of homework assignments, a daily meditation, and weekly meetings with different assignment buddies to help us coach ourselves through the process.

The assignment buddies were the part I thought was going to be most difficult. The class materials were about very tender subjects, and honestly I was feeling a little bit shy already just about having signed up in the first place. But I was amazed, when I met the other people I was paired to speak with to complete the assignments, how much my story resonated with theirs.

For example, one of the people I spoke with was also a holistic massage therapist, and had had experience with both vibrational energy healing and Touch for Health. Another person was also a podcaster, and her experiences with lining up guests and publishing episodes give me more confidence about my own abilities to the same.

The final coaching session with Pace was really the crowning jewel of the process. It was such a delight to speak to her and get her insights. She was able to draw out of me the realization that my own difficulties point out the path I can follow to help myself and others. It wasn’t something I hadn’t heard before, but it was as if I hadn’t really been listening until I heard myself say it to her during our talk.

I think I’m going to want to have her as a guest on my podcast once I get it going. That prospect makes the process seem a lot more approachable.

Pathfinding with Pace Smith

On a whim, I signed up for a class on pathfinding with Pace Smith that starts today. Pace is a remarkable woman, and I’ve been watching her and her wife Kyeli as they’ve slowly built their media empire over the years. I always really enjoy listening to their podcasts.

I started reading their blog posts back when they called themselves the Freak Revolution. They’ve gone through a number of iterations since then, but their focus always seems to be on effective communication strategies, both between people and inside of their own heads.

They’ve also published a number of books and courses, including one of my favorite books on interpersonal communication: The Usual Error. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s worth checking out. I bought the recorded audio version, so I could hear them narrate it in their own voices.

The pathfinding class should be fun. It’s a chance to find out a little bit more about what Pace has been teaching.She has such strong energy, and such a creative way of putting ideas. plus, at the end of the course, I get a one-hour coaching session with Pace one-on-one. That alone is easily worth the price of admission.