Kartar Patel . . . a savvy project manager who is determined, disciplined, and and above all, handsome. He’s got a high profile project for a Vegas casino and puts his heart and soul into delivering the Winner. But when timelines are slipped, stakeholders want a pound of flesh for every ounce of letdown. He’s being followed . . . discovers tracking devices on his car . . . his meetings are bugged . . . he gets a gun. A mysterious stranger tells him he’ll never succeed without transforming his project to an Agile process. Kartar discovers that not only his career and life are on the line, but so is his immortal soul. Learn Agile and Scrum software development in an enjoyable and memorable way. The following concepts are covered in this dramatic story: Agile Manifesto values and principals, the Scrum framework, history of Waterfall, User Stories, Planning Poker estimation, cross–team dependencies, Scrum of Scrums, and the challenges of organizational change. Author Lancer Kind is an Agile consultant with more than twenty years of experience in IT. As a writer he utilizes craftsmanship developed through writing science fiction for over fifteen years. Watch for more Agile Noir news and learn more about Agile at AgileNoir.biz.
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Lancer Kind lives in China, the USA, and places in between. He started his IT career in 1995 then after four years of Waterfall his team was introduced to eXtreme Programming by Kent Beck and achieved the ability to make a “ship or no-ship” within four hours through the use of automated unit and system tests. Four years of TDD, Pair Programming, and System Testing later, he worked at SolutionsIQ delivering projects with Scrum with XP. After that he began Agile coaching and training technical practices at companies and speaking at conferences in the US, China, and India. He's a publishing author of science fiction and a project management comic series called Scrum Noir which was Amazon's best selling project management book for a week.
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