Showing posts with label cards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cards. Show all posts

The "Flash a Friend" Contest: A Covert Agile Give-Away!

If you're reading this blog, you're probably a believer that a good agile process can make a difference. And maybe you've recognized someone on your team, on another team, or even in a different company that you think would benefit from a little covert mentoring.

We'd like to help! We believe getting these cards in the hands of the right people can make a real difference. We're willing to put that belief in action.

Here's how it works:
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  • Email us at, recommending one person who you think should receive a free deck. You don't have to name names, you can say "my boss," "our architect," "my dog," "my cousin," etc. You can even name yourself!
  • Tell us in one short, pithy line why you think that this person/team would benefit from Agile in a Flash. 
  • We'll read the comments and pick our favorites.
  • If your entry is selected, we will contact you and get the particulars (names, addresses).
  • The person you recommended gets a deck of Agile in a Flash from us. No note, no card, no explanation.  
  • To thank you for being so helpful, we send a second deck to you!
  • We'll put the winning comments on a soon-to-be-pubished Agile in a Flash blog entry. (You can choose to be attributed or anonymous.)
Deadline for entries: Friday June 15, 1200 MDT

How to use the deck

People have been asking how to best use the cards in their teams.

We've had several notes via twitter or email about teams reading and discussing them at retrospectives or standup, and even using them in lightning talks at conferences.  We are happy to see them used in this way.

But people have been asking how normal, individual, non-coach team members can use the cards. Jeff provides our recipe for use of Agile in a Flash:
  • Pick a card that's relevant and read its front
  • Read the back
  • Re-read the front to help ingrain the short list
  • Consider tacking the card up, so that it's in your face, helping you ingrain the concepts
  • Seek and re-read related cards to get a more complete picture of the topic
  • Visit the corresponding post here on the blog site if you seek more detail on the topic and why we said some of the things we did
  • Visit the links located on many of the cards and at the blog site if needed
Don't forget to google the subject matter, because there is more written than we could fit in either the deck or the blog. Other opinions and recommendations are equally valid.

Please share and discuss the cards with your community, starting with the local software team and its neighbors but extending to conferences, user groups, or any other willing listeners. New insights can come from anywhere.