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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. Unlike the Scrum Guide and the PMBOK® Guide 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, 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.

Second, both Books 2 and 3 will be the outcome of a collaboration of the best and brightest minds working with Agile in the current environment of organizations. Seventeen bright minds gathered in Snowbird in 2001 and provided necessary and important insights that launched Agile 1.0. One measure of their success is the growth over that last 15 years that has led to organizations – both public and private – who are now clamoring for reliability, predictability and scalability using Agile.

At the highest level, the Agile domain can be divided into three sub-domains. Agile 1.0 is Single-team Projects and Exam Prep. Agile 2.0 is Programs with Multi- and Virtual-team Environments. Agile 3.0 is Portfolio Management and Enterprise Scaling. Each domain is covered in its own book in the Almanac series.


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 (available in 2017) covers:

  • Agile with Multi- and Virtual-Teams
  • Program Integration and Scheduling
  • Kanban Advanced Practices

Book Two will support 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.

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!


Agile Almanac Book 3Book 3: Portfolios and Enterprise Scaling (available 2018) covers:

  • 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!

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ABOUT 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. Unlike the Scrum Guide and the PMBOK® Guide 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 Agile 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!