Books & Techniques

VFQ books cover the entire idea-to-market lifecycle, bringing together insights and guidance from thousands of articles, books, case studies and models – providing a solid foundation for practitioners and experts in Agile and Product Management.

VFQ Essentials

This book bundle is for those looking to go deeper into learning about the principles of Value, Flow, Quality, and how to implement them with their teams and projects. This bundle will take you to the heart of agility’s foundational aspects and how to view your work through the lens of Value, Flow, and Quality.

Why Change

Why Change

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the scale of issues in how we deliver products and services.
  • Understand the challenges of using projects as a mechanism for delivering change and meeting customer expectations.
  • Identify flaws in focusing on an iron triangle of cost, time and scope.
  • Have a brief overview of the history and philosophy behind ‘Agile’ development.
  • Understand how people’s intuitive ways of thinking create rules of thumb.
  • Appreciate the negative impact of rules of thumb in the way we deliver today.
  • Realize how new initiatives can be developed through faster feedback.
  • Discover and use three new guiding principles to break the iron triangle.
Delivering Early and Often

Delivering Early and Often

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how increments and iterations are defined.
  • Appreciate the benefits of delivering early and often:
    • financial, marketing, engineering and other.
  • Identify examples of where incremental delivery is used as a successful business model.
  • Begin to break projects into increments through:
    • developing a mindset to split dependencies and ideas
    • using different prisms to split ideas: value, risk, stakeholder, urgency, geography, necessity.
  • Know how small to go with your increment.
  • Be able to map a customer journey or story strand to create slices or bites of functionality.
  • Put in place practices that enable delivering early and often.
  • Balance potential drawbacks or limits to delivering early and often including transaction cost and technological break-through.
  • Demonstrate the value of incremental delivery.
Optimizing Flow

Optimizing Flow

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate why time is so important to an organization and why the customer’s view of time matters.
  • Consider the benefits and limitations of the ‘on time’ delivery approach adopted by most companies.
  • Take a broader view of end to end flow.
  • Analyze the cost of delay in development projects.
  • Appreciate the opportunity offered by flow optimization to eliminate delay and increase delivery speed.
  • Judge how to optimize flow at scale.
Discovering Quality

Discovering Quality

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of feedback and how it helps us.
  • Appreciate natural problems we have in using feedback.
  • Understand the structure of feedback loops within the software development cycle.
  • Set up nested feedback loops within each part of the development process to improve responsiveness, customer satisfaction and quality as well as reducing risk.
  • Evaluate the cost of feedback.
  • Realize how to separate valuable feedback signals from environmental ‘noise’.
  • Apply feedback cycles to team and process, as well as the project, using Retrospectives.
  • Identify key reasons why feedback can be misused or ignored.
Technique Library

Technique Library

The complete workbook – includes learning objectives, essential education, activities, case studies and references

The VFQ Technique Library consists of more than 30 quick-glance cards covering the most important Agile practices. Each technique card features step-by-step guidance, practical tips, and information on additional resources.

The library includes:

  • Measuring Lead Time
  • 5 Whys
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Build-Measure-Learn
  • Burndown Charts
  • Classes of Service
  • Cost of Delay
  • Velocity
  • User Stories

More bundles to explore

Agility

Why Change
Delivering Early and Often
Discovering Quality
Optimizing Flow
Scrum
Kanban
Adapting Agile
Requirements
Trade-offs
Technique Library

9 Books + Technique Cards

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Building Better Products

Adapting Agile
Kanban
Scrum
Attacking Your Queues
Prioritization
Estimating and Forecasting
Planning
Building Plans
Requirements
Understanding Your Customer
Technique Library

10 Books + Technique Cards

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High Performing Teams

Trade-offs
Communication, Collaboration and Coordination
Teams
Motivation
Understanding Your Customer
Optimizing Flow
Delivering Early and Often
Why Change
Technique Library

8 Books + Technique Cards

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Kanban

Kanban
Optimizing Flow
Work In Progress
Batch Size Matters
Attacking Your Queues
Technique Library

5 Books + Technique Cards

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