About the book
Joshua Kerievsky’s latest book, Joy of Agility, will be published on February, 7th, 2023. It reflects over two decades of experimenting, learning, unlearning, and reflecting on the nature of agility — including helping Industrial Logic and its global clients become more agile, applying agility to home repairs, health, fitness, parenting and more.
Joy of Agility features 6 powerful agile mantras and over 100 unforgettable stories of real people, teams and organizations that made slow and awkward things faster and easier, solved difficult problems by being readily resourceful, and adapted to change with speed and grace. This new book is your definitive guide to agility, meant for people in any profession who aspire to be agile.
What’s in the book?
Agility enables you, your team, and your organization to streamline slow and awkward actions, overcome obstacles quickly, and adapt to change with ease and grace.
Agility isn’t a formula, a framework, nor a set of roles and rituals to follow. It’s a timeless way of thinking and being that matures with practice and skill. Becoming agile involves knowing the difference between being quick or hurrying, moving with ease or difficulty, being in or out of balance, graceful or awkward, adaptable or rigid, resourceful or resentful.
With Joy of Agility, Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic, one of the oldest and most-respected agile consultancies in the world, shows you how to harness agility in work and life to solve problems and succeed sooner.
Learn How to…
Distinguish between being quick and hurrying.
Gain better balance and collaborate gracefully with others.
Prepare and practice being poised to adapt.
Take deliberate steps to drive out fear.
Grow a solution by starting minimal and evolving.
Overcome obstacles by being readily resourceful.
Use the lessons learned in Joy of Agility to transform agility from a mere buzzword into an approach that helps you obtain triumphant results.
Advance Praise for Joy of Agility
“This delightful book shines a light on both why and how to create agility in your organization. Through stories that are as engaging as they are insightful, Joshua Kerievsky shows how a culture of fear and a mindless pursuit of efficiency drive out learning and stifle agility. A set of simple, actionable mantras provide the way forward.”
Professor, Harvard Business School; author of “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth”
“Very well crafted and told; it’s hard to imagine a more illuminating guide to this mission-critical subject.”
New York Times bestselling author: “Selling the Invisible”
“Stories influence our behavior more often and more effectively than logic, no matter how much we might pretend otherwise. Joshua Kerievsky has distilled his expertise into 6 mantras and illustrated each with short, captivating stories. I found the stories so engaging that I read almost the entire book in one evening-–it was that difficult to put down.”
Co-author: “Lean Software Development” series
“Joy is the perfect word for this book. Joshua takes a beautiful approach to change by sharing compelling stories of agility in so many different industries and contexts. It will be impossible to not have a dozen of these stories inspire you on your own journey to the very human Joy of Agility. Read it, run the experiment, and start your joyful journey of change.”
CEO & Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations; author of “Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love” and “Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Lift Human Energy and Eliminate Fear”
“Joshua Kerievsky understands something very important about our species. We are storytellers. It is not only our preferred way of learning but also how our brains make sense of the world. Joshua’s stories are inspirational and will lead you to discover the real joy of agility. I love this book.”
Co-author: “Fearless Change” and “More Fearless Change”
“Joy is a tell. If you have joy on your team, you are in the most prized collaborative state. There is no better step you can take toward experiencing team joy than reading this book. It is a treasury of joyful practice, and you deserve to have it all.”
Co-author: “Software for Your Head” and “Dynamics of Software Development”
“Whether you’re an accomplished or aspiring agilist (or somewhere in between), this rich compendium is a bounty for anyone who wants to foster a culture of adaptability, collaboration, and improvement, while creating a more intentional, efficient, sustainable, and above all outstanding work experience and product. Engaging and inspiring, Joy of Agility is an absolute joy from beginning to end!”
Co-author: Shingo-award winning “Personal Kanban”
“Joshua, a fervent agile pioneer, understands the power of story and has assembled a host of stories that present facts and ideas about “being” agile as opposed to “doing” agile. Like shades of color on a palette, Joy of Agility enables us to understand both the broad sweep and nuances of agility; Enjoy. Learn. Remember. Act.”
Agile Pioneer, Author, former Executive Consultant at Thoughtworks
“Reading Joy of Agility makes me want to hand this book to all of my clients. I love the definition of agile and the compelling stories that make one both think and laugh! The stories are short, crisp, and to the point. As a person who likes to highlight important things, I was inclined to highlight each and every story. This is an excellent and very insightful book!”
Business coach; author of “Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams: Staying Agile in a Global World”
“Joshua’s masterful story curation won me over completely as a reader that doesn’t even like story-centered books. Joshua has become the consummate voice of agility; there in the early days, helping shape and deeply understand the new practices introduced by the Agile movement. He continues to refine, expand, and reinvent that understanding for a new generation of practitioners. Whether you have been practicing agility for 20+ years or barely heard of the concept, you’ll want to pick up Joy of Agility.”
Founder, The Collective Edge, Co-author: “Agile Transformation: Using the Integral Agile Transformation Framework to Think and Lead Differently”
“Brilliant work and a dazzling diversity of stories!”
Executive Agile Consultant, Australia and USA
“Joy of Agility is well-written, very nicely illustrated, and does an excellent job of communicating the essence of agility! It is very positive and should leave the reader feeling energized about agility.”
Advance Praise for Joy of Agility
CEO, Bedarra Corporation, veteran software guru
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