TameFlow Books

“Agility Across Time and Space, Implementing Agile Methods in Global Software Projects” with contributions by Steve Tendon (2010)

Agility Across Time and Space

This book is a collection of essays by multiple authors, focusing how to use agie methods in globally distributed teams.

In particular, “Chapter 4 – Tailoring Agility: Promiscuous Pair Story Authoring and Value Calculation” by Steve Tendon illustrates a few of the practices used in TameFlow when seeking to create Unity of Purpose and build a Community of Trust between stakeholders that have diverging interests.

The chapter abstract reads:

This chapter describes how a multi-national software organization created a business plan involving business units from eight countries that followed an agile way, after two previously failed attempts with traditional approaches. The case is told by the consultant who initiated implementation of agility into requirements gathering, estimation and planning processes in an international setting. The agile approach was inspired by XP, but then tailored to meet the peculiar requirements.

Two innovations were critical. The first innovation was promiscuous pair story authoring, where user stories were written by two people (similarly to pair programming), and the pairing changed very often (as frequently as every 15–20 minutes) to achieve promiscuity and cater for diverse point of views.

The second innovation was an economic value evaluation (and not the cost) which was attributed to stories. Continuous recalculation of the financial value of the stories allowed to assess the projects financial return. In this case implementation of agility in the international context allowed the involved team members to reach consensus and unanimity of decisions, vision and purpose.

“Hyper Productive Knowledge Work Performance, The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban” by Steve Tendon and Wolfram Müller (2015)

Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance

This is the most comprehensive collection of the ideas that constitute the TameFlow Approach. This book was originally self-published under the title of “Tame the Flow”, and is still referred to as the Tame the Flow Book.

This is the must read book for anyone learning about TameFlow. It is actually two books in one.

The first part, for business leaders and managers, delves into management, leadership and governance topics which teach about how to think when leading a knowledge-work organization.

The second part, for middle-managers, team-leads and practitioners, gives actionable and practical advice on how to apply the ideas of TameFlow to two of the most popular approaches, namely Scrum and Kanban.

For more details, check the dedicated page about the Hyper Productive Knowledge Work Performance book.

“The Essence of TameFlow, Breakthrough Organizational Performance Innovation” by Steve Tendon (2015)

The Essence of TameFlow

The Essence of Tameflow is a short booklet which presents the philosophy behind the TameFlow Approach.

The booklet explains that, unlike most other management approaches, TameFlow does not suggest adopting processes, roles, maturity levels, principles, artifacts, values, practices, cermonies or frameworks. TameFlow is none of this. TameFlow is primarily concerned about quick and goal-directed decision making at any level of an organization.

For this to work, common decision making mental models must be adopted by all who belong to an organization. Thinking in terms of Flows helps in finding or developing the appropriate mental models.

To really understand what TameFlow is and how it is applied, you need to grasp its philosophy, mindsets and attitude, which this booklet will explain. With this insight you will be able to better understand all other topics presented in the other TameFlow books, and how they fit together.

This book is also part of the TameFlow Bundle.

“The TameFlow Chronicles 2011-2015, From the Archives of the TameFlow Chronologist” by Steve Tendon (2015)

The TameFlow Chronicles 2011-2015

The TameFlow Chronicles 2011-2015 are a collection of all posts published on The TameFlow Chronologist blog, between 2011 and 2015.

While the TameFlow Approach has a history that goes way back to the early 1990s, the underlying ideas were first published on The TameFlow Chronologist. Those posts eventually became the raw material of many chapters of the Hyper-Productive Knowledge-Work Performance book, where the concepts and topics were expanded further.

If you want to gain an insight into how the TameFlow Approach matured over time, this book will provide it.

This book is also part of the TameFlow Bundle.

TameFlow Patterns

“TameFlow Patterns, How to Design Organizations that Flow” by Steve Tendon (Work in Process)

TameFlow Patterns examines one of the fundamental tools of TameFlow: organizational patterns.

In TameFlow, organizational patterns play an important role both in describing the approach and in applying it. Organizational patterns can be used to document what works and what doesn’t; likewise they can be used to redesign an organization in order to improve overall performance.

This book will expand your way of thinking about and leading knowledge-work organizations, by giving new thinking tools in the form of organizational design patterns.

This book is also part of the TameFlow Bundle.