Author C. Lewis designed the Carnsa Development Series for busy people like you who want to quickly gain a general understanding of business and technology.
Carnsa Development is meant for those who have technical and non-technical backgrounds. Perhaps you are planning to attend a meeting with a company that uses the Agile methodology. Meeting with a business analyst (BA) who is going to present an unfamiliar process. These books can help you prepare. It will give you a fighting chance to ready yourself and follow exactly what is going on. You may even feel confident enough to ask a series of informed questions.
The books are set in a fun, semi-fictional story setting with examples to which you can easily relate. It is a quick and easy read. They feature a business technology professional called Claudia Carnsa who creates projects for her family to help her learn, share and understand tools and techniques. The books have been designed to be read in less than an hour. Giving you the general understanding and tools you need to work effectively fast.
Different characters represent different personality types; for instance, Granny represents the traditionalist who is not entirely comfortable with change and is reluctant to get on board with the proposed new way of working. Granny is direct and has no problem voicing her objections.
All of the books have a quiz at the end designed to test your knowledge. They present some resources to help you continue your journey.
The books are perfect to help you obtain a general understanding of specific topics during your lunch break or on the commute home. The first two books in the series have already been released – check them out and get a competitive edge!
Author C. Lewis is a technology professional with experience gained from previous roles as a project manager, business analyst, and an Agility coach. Lewis’s experience has been gathered over two decades and is now harnessed to share and support learning in a fun and relatable way.
The first book is, ‘Model confusion: A Guide to Models Used by Business Analysts’. It covers some of the popular models that are used by business analysts to help communication and understanding in a project. It gives you the tools and general understanding needed for you to work effectively with Business Analysts (BAs), or perhaps to start your own BA journey. Models are explored, considered and selected for a special project, and the family in the books assesses their suitability; communication is at the forefront of their decision-making processes.
Spoiler alert: models are not exclusive to the business analyst role. (Great for anybody to use!).
The second book in the Carnsa Development series is called, ‘Agile Confusion: A Quick Understanding of the Basics and Application.’ Perhaps you are not sure what it means when you hear the term ‘Agile’ in a software development project? Are you going to connect with some technology people to work on a project and want a fighting chance to understand what they are going on about? You will be introduced to Agile methodology techniques from start through to launch. Join the Carnsa family as they embark on their first Agile project, taking on the typical Agile roles and ceremonies. Understand how they deal with non-ideal situations on their journey, examples that may also help you on your journey.
The third book in the Carnsa Development series is called, ‘User story confusion: Creation and breaking them down.’ This is book will be released in August 2018, and is an ideal follow-up to the Agile Confusion story. It highlights the story-mapping technique used to create user stories and options that can be considered when breaking them down small enough to fit into a sprint (includes slicing).
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In this book, the Carnsa family have been running Agile projects successfully for a while. However, Claudia notices that user stories deemed too complex to break down are not selected. Claudia realizes she needs to give her family (who represent the Agile development team) some options to consider to help them break large user stories down into manageable pieces. Granny comes to the aid of her grandson Bob who particularly is struggling with the concept of breaking down the user story.