The Agile Almanac Series

almanacsAbout the Agile Almanac

For engineers and technical professionals who want to understand Agile best practices and the science behind them, the Agile Almanac is an unbiased, well-researched compilation of the most used and proven standards, produced in a way that avoids the accusatory dogmatic viewpoints often expressed by the evangelists on any side of the Agile versus Traditional battlefield. The Agile Almanac has collected and codified the various Agile choices and options available at the intersection of Lean Principles, Product Development and Project Management.

The Almanac extends that thought leadership into non-software environments and presents the information in an easily accessible and immediately applicable fashion in order to serve as a Field Guide for practitioners in the real world!

What makes the Agile Almanac the most significant series available to Agile Practitioners?

First, because, at the highest level, the Agile domain can be divided into three sub-domains, namely, Agile 1.0 for Single-team Projects and Exam Prep, Agile 2.0 for Programs with Multi- and Virtual-team Environments, and Agile 3.0 for Portfolio Management and Enterprise Scaling, each domain is covered in its own book in the Agile Almanac series. Each book allows Practitioners and Organizations to select precisely the content they need and zero in on applying it in the ways best suited to the context of their environments.

Book 1 provides detailed coverage of ScrumeXtreme Programming (XP), Lean Software Development (LSD), Kanban and Hybrid approaches.

Book 2 supplies unique, side-by-side, coverage of "The Big 8" approaches to Scaled Agile, including practical expert reviews of Scrum of Scrums (SoS), Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®), Disciplined Agile (DA), Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), Kanban, DevOps, the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2017, and the Agile Integration Framework (AIF) 

Second, Book 2 is a collaboration of the best and brightest minds working with Agile in the current environment of organizations. It has benefitted from the magnanimous and generous investment of time and expertisefrom Jeff SutherlandScott AmblerBas Vodde, and Dean Leffingwell’s co-founder Drew Jemilo and Inbar Oren helping the Almanac co-authors get the chapter on their approaches accurate and concise so you can quickly discern which one is the best fit for your needs. They really are that committed to your success!

The Agile Almanac series is committed to being the professional Rosetta stone that makes your personal development library complete!.

Agile Almanac Book 1Book 1: Single-team Projects & Exam Prep became an Amazon #1 best Seller in December 2015 and covers

  • Agile Project Management, Lean Principles & the “Big 5”
  • Scrum
  • eXtreme Programming (XP)
  • Lean Software Development (LSD)
  • Kanban Basic Practices
  • Hybrid Project Management

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Agile Almanac Book 2Book 2: Programs with Multi- and Virtual-Team Environments will be available October 21, 2017 and covers "The Big 8":

  • Scrum of Scrums (SoS)
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®)
  • Disciplined Agile (DA)
  • Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) 
  • Kanban
  • DevOps
  • The Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2017
  • Agile Integration Framework (AIF)

Book Two supports the needs of practitioners and organizations dealing with the challenges of large programs being executed in an environment that includes the use of multiple teams in virtual, remote, and distributed environments.

Agile Almanac Book 3Book 3: Portfolios and Enterprise Scaling (available in 2018) will cover:

  • Agile Portfolio Management
  • Scaling Agile to the Enterprise
  • Agile Maturity Matrix Instrument (Diagnostic Assessment (currently in Beta testing))

Book Three is focused on the needs of organizational leaders and senior practitioners supporting Project Management Offices (PMOs), portfolios, and strategic decision-making. It includes assessment instruments, analysis tools and planning techniques that optimize total throughput within overall resource limits. It provides insight and helps increase the top and bottom line and employee engagement.

This almanac serves the entire community by not advocating for any single school of thought. Instead, it presents thought leadership wherever it can be found.

Simply put, this almanac brings a unique perspective to the divergent, often conflicting and accusatory viewpoints expressed by the “evangelists” on all sides of the Agile versus Traditional battlefield. This series will deliver authoritatively researched and real-world tested best practices, diagnostic instruments and wisdom!

Join the team as a Co-Author, Major Contributor, or Advisor by emailing John Stenbeck at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and expressing your interest!