Foreword

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One thing is certain—change happens. It happens in your job and in your personal life. One of my favorite quotes on change is from John F. Kennedy:


Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.


As is the law of nature, our ability to adapt to change determines our success. To that end, we seek out the tools and practices that will bring about that success. When it comes to books, there are a wide variety of books that describe the next new “approach” or “method,” promising to improve efficiency and effectiveness if we just follow their prescription for success. Most of these models usually fall short because they fail to factor in the “ability to adapt” as a primary premise.


Getting Results the Agile Way has “adaptability” baked into the entire framework so you’ll be able to factor in and manage changes when they happen instead of them managing you. One of the things I like most about the book is it has simple tools and techniques to help you break a problem down, determine the key outcomes, and think through what’s most important to get done daily, weekly, and monthly—all without losing sight of the end game or your long term objectives. Having these great tools and practices that really work will help you to embrace change.


Although written for a wider audience, those of us in software development will find some of the concepts in the book familiar. With agile software development techniques, there are several core premises that we follow to make impact and get results. When we recognize we aren’t getting the right result, we adapt and change our documented plan that is no longer working for us. If it has become out of date, we don’t necessarily throw everything out, but we evaluate our standing plan. These Agile practices have become mainstream in the software development arena because they really help you get better results and have a greater impact.


Bottom line is it’s all about the impact—not the activities. This is precisely where Getting Results the Agile Way can help.


I’ve seen J.D. Meier time and time again use the core principles outlined in Getting Results the Agile Way to deliver outstanding value which has had a positive impact for our customers and partners across the world. In the past, he has shared the approach with anyone who has asked. Now, he shares it with the rest of you. May you enjoy the rewards of bringing value, making an impact, and getting results!


Sincerely,


Michael Kropp

General Manager, Microsoft Corporation

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