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[#Giveaway #Winner] – A Guide to Execution

Giveaway Winner Alert!

We had many tweet it and a couple post.

Here is our random winner!

@TMichaelRogers

Send us an email @ info@agilescout.com with address so I can ship out your book!

Congrats!

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[Giveaway] – Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done

GIVEAWAY!

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – By Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

This great book was a real eye-opener for me. Here’s an extra copy. Love it!

Review:

Disciplines like strategy, leadership development, and innovation are the sexier aspects of being at the helm of a successful business; actually getting things done never seems quite as glamorous. But as Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan demonstrate in Execution, the ultimate difference between a company and its competitor is, in fact, the ability to execute.

Execution is “the missing link between aspirations and results,” and as such, making it happen is the business leader’s most important job. While failure in today’s business environment is often attributed to other causes, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution. They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, and they emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline to learn, not merely the tactical side of business. Supporting this with stories of the “execution difference” being won (EDS) and lost (Xerox and Lucent), the authors describe the building blocks–leaders with the right behaviors, a culture that rewards execution, and a reliable system for having the right people in the right jobs–that need to be in place to manage the three core business processes of people, strategy, and operations. Both Bossidy, CEO of Honeywell International, Inc., and Charan, advisor to corporate executives and author of such books as What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards That Work, present experience-tested insight into how the smooth linking of these three processes can differentiate one company from the rest. Developing the discipline of execution isn’t made out to be simple, nor is this book a quick, easy read. Bossidy and Charan do, however, offer good advice on a neglected topic, making Execution a smart business leader’s guide to enacting success rather than permitting demise. –S. Ketchum

How Do I Get My Hands on This?

  1. Tweet out a link to this page
  2. Comment on this page

Two opportunities full of WIN!

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[Giveaway] – iPad? Love Agile? Capture your Retrospective Notes!

Retrospectives App for iPad GIVEAWAY!

Retail Price? $2.99! YAY!

For agile developers who reflect at regular intervals on how to improve their processes, this app provides a set of discussion tools that can be used to brainstorm and energize their retrospective meetings.

While not pretending to replace the collective discussion involving physical whiteboards and stickies, this app benefits those who like to prepare inputs for retrospectives or search for an easy way to capture and share the results.

Features:

  • Touch based whiteboard and sticky notes
  • Timeline – a visual overview of the events that occurred in the retrospective period
  • Radar – helps the team to gather data on how well they are doing on a variety of measures
  • Leaning Matrix – used to to find out what is significant about the data and generate insights on what should be repeated, changed, tried as well as to congratulate team members on a job well done
  • Short Subjects – used when a quick way to review and decide what to do is needed
  • Starfish – used to reflect on various degrees of things to bring up to discussion
  • Positive / Delta – discuss things to keep and change in the next retrospective
  • Twitter and email sharing

GIMME ONE!

Throw us a comment on how you would use this iPad app for your RETROSPECTIVES.

We’ll choose… 3 winners! 

That is all. 🙂

[HT:Retrospectives]

[Giveaway Winner] – How to Create a Successful Blog Business

Winner alert:

How to Build a Successful Blog Business

WINNER: Beatriz – Shoot us an email at [info AT agilescout DOT com] with address and we’ll ship it out!

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[Giveaway] – How to Build a Successful Blog Business

We’re moving into December, and for all you bloggers out there, who may want to improve their strategy as a blogger… this may just be the book for you.

How to Build a Successful Blog Business

“How to Build a Successful Blog Business is a straight forward guide to building a publishing business online that covers everything from choosing a niche to hiring staff, registering a business to selling it, finding traffic to monetizing it. Whether you are interested in creating an additional income stream or building a fully-fledged business, this is an essential read for web entrepreneurs and online publishers. Collis is a web veteran with a wealth of experience and an easy to read style. He has founded sites such as the Tuts+ network, the Envato Marketplaces, FreelanceSwitch and AppStorm which combined serve up over 50 million pageviews a month.”

If you want even more information on how to become an awesome blogger that makes cash, check out Tentblogger.com.

How to Enter:

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  2. Tweet this post

Simple. Jump on it! Contest entry closes (for this month) on Dec 16th, 11:59PM.

Boom goes the dynamite.

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Giveaway – Social Media Marketing Book!

[This is part of 2011 Monthly Book Giveaways with AgileScout!]

This month’s giveaway is The Social Media Marketing Book. This book has helped AgileScout become one of the #1 resources for Agile Software Development News!

David J. Perdue’s review on it from Amazon.com:

In the increasingly complex world of social media, how do you begin to successfully engage in social media marketing for your business? Dan Zarrella has responded to that question with “The Social Media Marketing Book.” It’s a quick read. But the small book is packed with useful information for those itching to jump into the social media marketing fray.

The book’s organization is quite user-friendly and begins with a brief introduction to social media. The bulk of the book then focuses on presenting a concise history, definition, and description of the various types of social media: blogging, Twitter/microblogging, social networking, media sharing, social news and bookmarking, ratings and reviews, forums, and virtual worlds. I found each section both helpful and interesting, especially appreciating the author’s conciseness.

Overall, I found Zarrella’s guide a helpful resource on understanding and applying social media for business. Note that the book is an introductory guide, so don’t expect to find profound social media strategies if you’re already an experienced social media marketer. Nevertheless, I appreciated the nuggets of wisdom throughout this survey of social media marketing.

How to Enter:

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Simple. Jump on it! Contest entry closes (for this month) on Oct 31, 11:59PM.

Boom goes the dynamite.

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Open Source Awards 2011 – Giveaway!

Packt and AgileScout are teaming up to give you some #epic loot.

We here at AgileScout have already committed to giving away 1 FREE book each month in 2011… but now we’re giving away EVEN MORE!

The 6th annual OS Awards, running successfully ever since 2006 is widely recognized and credited for in the Open Source fraternity globally. And, this year Packt is bringing in more categories to our awards.  More information can be found here: 2011 Open Source Awards. The voting stage for this has already started for select nominees.

Since AgileScout is dedicated to giving away massive free loot, Packt decided to help us give more.

3 FREE PRINT BOOKS

*UK and US only for Hardback… eBook for anywhere else*

Yup. So how do you enter? 

Simple:

  1. Go [here] and vote on some of the categories – OH, and you can win a KINDLE for voting too (double #win)
  2. Comment on this post and let us know which book you would want to get from Packt for FREE – Click [here] for the complete database of books.
  3. Tweet this blog post out to your friends.

3 ways to win. What are you waiting for?

[Giveaway] – Executives Guide to Information Technology

[This is part of 2011 Monthly Book Giveaways with AgileScout!]

This month’s giveaway is The Executive’s Guide to Information Technology.

Review by Joe Santana:

“The Executives Guide to Information Technology is an excellent resource that is a must have for IT managers and top executives that want to get the most out of their IT investments. Every IT manager and executive should read this book to understand how to effectively manage information technology for business value. Likewise, non-IT managers and executives will learn a great deal about the inner-workings of IT and how to work with their IT brethren in the most effective way for the greatest benefits to their company. (CFOs specifically will find this book incredibly illuminating and useful).

The book is extremely well organized and presents a well-balanced mixture of academic analysis and tested practices. The sheer knowledge and hard earned personal experiences of the authors comes through in every chapter. The descriptions of the challenges facing IT will resonate clearly with anyone who has ever held an executive position within an enterprise IT team. The solutions presented are equally clear and easy to follow. Overall, the book is simply packed with techniques for recognizing challenges, accurately assessing the current state of any component of IT, comparing that state to a target benchmark and developing actionable improvement plans. Finally, the CD-ROM included with the book contains all the spreadsheets, documents and checklist tools needed to put Baschab and Piot’s sage advice to immediate use.

In addition to being a highly informative volume, this is ultimately, as the title implies, a guidebook loaded with recipes for IT investment optimization success. After reading it, I suggest placing it on or near your desk where I am sure you will refer to it again and again. Also, I think that buying a copy of this book for each of their key IT managers would be one of the wisest investments a budget-squeezed CIO could make.”

How to enter:

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Simple. Jump on it! Contest entry closes (for this month) on Sept 30, 11:59PM.

Boom goes the dynamite.

Book Giveaway – Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

This is a part of our yearly giveaway series!

How to enter:

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Simple. Jump on it! Contest entry closes (for this month) on August 19, 11:59PM.

Last Month’s Giveaway: Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality – Scott Belsky

6 Months – 10 Great Book Giveaways

Yep. These books + more are going to be given away for the rest of this year!

I’ve been slowly collecting extra copies of books that I just absolutely have loved reading in the past 6 months. The books are all over the map, from project management, social media, executive reading material, books on blogging, and more.

Every month will be a new book up for grabs, so stay tuned, and let your friends know.

How to enter:

  1. Comment on this post
  2. Tweet this post

Simple. Jump on it! Contest entry closes (for this month) on July 16, 11:59PM.

First up, Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality – Scott Belsky

This book seriously will rock your socks off. Overcome the obstacles between vision and reality. Make your reality happen. Trust me, you will love what Belsky has to say. He totally changed my thinking on several occasions… could it be true that we are our own worst… blocker?

Daily Scrum

  1. Yesterday I couldn’t complete my work because I block myself.
  2. Today I want to move forward, but I’m blocking myself.
  3. I’m the blocker.

Stop being the blocker. Make it happen.

Scrum Pocket Guide Winners!

We love giveaways. With such an overwhelming response to our Scrum Pocket Guide giveway, we just felt that it would be even more uber awesome give MORE of the eBook away!

We started with a giveaway for 3 winners… we’ve now decided to give away 5!

#epic #win!

So again, why is this book so full of #win?

  • Any level of ScrumMaster or Project Lead can utilize this book to refine and develop their facilitation and Agile knowledge
  • Simple and easy application for you and your team
  • Know when you are ready to apply the principles through questions to ask yourself or your team
  • See the value of Agile principles applied through case studies
  • Download the Introduction to the book and example chapter on High Performance Teams [here]

And our winners are…

Congrats to all our winners! Please email us at info [at] agilescout [dot] com and we’ll shoot you over a link to download (Link expires after 7 days)!

[HT: AgilePocketGuide]

Scrum Pocket Guide – Giveaway!

www.scrumpocketguide.com

This month’s giveaway is a fun one, especially tailored to our ScrumMaster audience!

Peter Saddington has recently published a Scrum Pocket Guide primer in eBook format (PDF). Details below:

There is a solid way to build software quickly, efficiently, and collaboratively. You’ve found it. This eBook on Agile software development with Scrum.

  • Any level of ScrumMaster or Project Lead can utilize this book to refine and develop their facilitation and Agile knowledge
  • Simple and easy application for you and your team
  • Know when you are ready to apply the principles through questions to ask yourself or your team
  • See the value of Agile principles applied through case studies

***Download the Introduction to the book and example chapter on High Performance Teams [here]***

Want a free copy of the Scrum Pocket Guide?

3 FULL COPIES (value $17) with 2 ways to enter:

  1. Tweet this post.
  2. Comment below.

Contest will run till end of February. Get on it. Free swag #ftw.

Want more information on the book? Get on over to:

www.scrumpocketguide.com

December Giveaway WINNERS!

Winners are announced! Make sure you send us an email with your address info and we’ll ship off this free swag! (info [at] agilescout [dot] com) Tweet about your win too! 🙂

1. $100 Best Buy certificate to:

2. @agile_reception Mug goes to:

3. Fatal Illusions book by James Lucas goes to:

Thanks so much for your readership!

[See our past giveaways here]

December Giveaway – Have an Agile Holiday! $100 BestBuy Giftcard!

@agile_reception let us know about a very cool place to get Agile stuff in response to one of our posts on Agile products.

We thought, why not give one away? Yep. That’s what we’re doing.

But wait! There’s more!

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iPad Winner Alert!!!

We have a winner: Sarah B. from Jacksonville, Florida. We wondered why we kept seeing her name through all the entries. “How?” You ask? She entered in all 5 ways! Talk about diligence!

Well, you have your winner. Sarah, we know you’re following us… almost too closely. Hit us up with your info and we’ll ship you out an iPad!!!

Want your chance to win in our next Giveaway? Follow us at links above.

See past Giveaways here.

Real Agile Developers Use QR-Codes

Don’t know what this is? Thats ok. We’re here to enlighten you.

This is a QR-Code, one of the many ways to provide your viewers an extra way to interact with your site. We’re still trying to figure out how to utilize these little gems. Stay tuned as we figure it out for ourselves!

So what do you need to utilize this little code?

  • A smartphone (iPhone, Android-based phone)
  • An app for your smartphone (QR Code Widget, QuickMark QR Code, App to QR)

Boom. You’re done.

Try it out on the code above. Who knows, a little secret (read: free swag) could be going your way!

Winner of First Giveaway – Rails Dev Lead in England!

Thanks to everyone who entered into this contest! We got a ton of emails, lots of Twitter re-tweets, and a modest (very) number of comments. Since our biggest submission medium was email we decided to choose from our email submissions!

Jacob “Rails Lead Dev” from England has won our first ever Agile Scout giveaway! And yes, we do ship overseas!

Congrats to you on winning and thanks for the very cool email as well!

A big shout out goes out to this months Agile community sponsors:

But wait! There’s more:

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Agile Scout *BETA Release and First Ever PRIZE and GIVEAWAY!

We here at Agile Scout are excited to be hitting our *Beta stage of our site. We have purposefully taken an iterative approach to the designing and building of our product (We’re Agile aren’t we?) and it is our hopes that we can launch fully within our next release schedule.

Like our new website design and character? We do. We’re already looking forward to full release!

So on to the celebration with GUEST POSTS and PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS!

To celebrate our *Beta release we’ve asked bloggers, authors, and Agile coaches and consultants around the globe to weigh in on three simple (not-so-simple) questions:

  1. Your (author) background?
  2. How Agile has changed (from authors perspective) in terms of methods, philosophies, ideologies, pragmatic applications, etc.?
  3. Where is Agile going (in the future)?

Who’s up first? Check us out tomorrow for our first guest contributor!

So What’s The Prize?

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