Improve your decision making. The new and revolutionary book "Commitment" about risk management and Real Options helps you to get more control over your decisions, gain more information when you have to decide and stop making the wrong decisions. This graphic business novel brings the Real Options model in a unique and understandable format, by explaining theories in a way only Sequential Art can. Via Rose Randall, the main character of this unique graphic business novel, the reader is introduced to the challenges a project manager faces.
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Olav Maassen is an experienced project manager and consultant and Chris Matts is a consultant who specializes in developing risk management and trading systems for investment banks.
Liz Keogh appears as herself in the book, and is an independent Lean and Agile consultant. Each year Agile Alliance brings together attendees, speakers, authors, luminaries, and industry analysts from around the world in a one-of-a-kind conference. The Conference is considered the premier Agile event of the year, and provides a week-long opportunity to engage in wide-open interaction, collaboration and sharing of ideas with peers and colleagues within the global Agile community.
Olav : Thank you very much. Chris : Thank you very much. Olav : I think it started in , was it, or when we met Luke Hohmann who recommended the book by Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics, as a teaching tool and then we decided that would be a great idea to present the ideas that we were working on. The book follows the story of a project manager and their trials and tribulations that I think probably we can all relate to, the book seems to have been something that took a long while to come out and it did come out in iterations which was very Agile or Lean in the way it was written, but how did the story come about, does it actually reflect real life experiences that either of you had?
Chris : We were very lucky when we were looking for an artist to meet Chris Geary who did the art, but he did much more than that. He was also our coach in writing a story because he knows a lot about writing screen plays and so on.
So, he helped us create the structure of the story, so we kind of knew the format of it, but a lot of the little anecdotes and the scenes that occur in the story are real sweet scenes that have occurred over the last few years.
When Olav and Chris went on Sponsume and said we are putting this book together, we need some money to fund it, one of the options was to appear in the book. Now, they have this mantra as part of real options that options expire, and I was pretty sure that was an option that was going to expire very, very fast so I jumped on it and expired it for everybody else. Olav : You did write one page.
The other thing is that the real options approach is the way that you create options is to be very deliberate about the way that you make commitments, so it is drawing out the fact that to create options you have to be very careful about the commitments you make.
And there is frequently more than one, but there will be one moment of commitment where you could have opened up options for yourself, you could have allowed yourself to make a better decision later or you could have gone and got some information earlier that would have allowed you to make a better decision.
Olav : The idea that we initially had was we would like to create a book that would be readable in one plane ride, so about two or three hours you should be able to get it and get all the material that we have in there. Olav : Because we had asked the two artists that we were still at that point considering to drop some scenes and there was still the mentor it was a middle aged man, which after that conference we changed that to his younger sister, which was completely the opposite.
Liz : Works really well. You guys are here at the conference, what sort of feedback are you getting on the book as you are walking around, are people recognizing you? Olav : Absolutely. At the end of the book, without having any spoilers, it is left open, is there a glimmer in your eye that there might be a follow on to this particular title at some point? Olav : And vice versa.
They are some pretty extreme example, but it was pretty much all the way through we were doing lots of different things. Olav : We also discovered that the whole creation process of a graphic novel is very much like a step process that we also know in IT and that we had to work with Chris Geary, our graphic artist, to come up with a way of working that would work for the both of us.
The book is awesome, you guys are also just here at the conference and both Chris and Liz, you are both speaking, are you speaking this year?
Olav : No. So, Liz, you have had a couple of talks here. Liz : Four, by the end of tomorrow. The one that really stood out for me at the conference from you was the one about growing experts with the Dreyfus model. Liz : We just did that a couple of hours ago. And both you and Chris did a session based around real options?
Chris : No, it was actually on leadership, so it was the behaviors of leaders that actually enhance or destroy learning communities. I think of myself as a pretty reasonable leader, but looking at the archetypes we came up with, there were things I was very close to but bits which were missing, there are things that I am looking at as these nasty, horrible people, bullying and mean and I can see other aspects of their behavior which I do and it makes me want to be better, and want to be more like that and less like that.
If people want to find out more about that, is there somewhere they can go, where are you going to publish the findings? I appreciate you meeting your commitment to have this interview with me, but we have an option that we need to get to the party, so I am going to allow you to meet that option. Did I get that right? If people want to find out more about Commitment, the Novel about Managing Project Risk, where can they go and find out more about it?
Olav : We have our own site, commitmentthebook. And if they want to find out more about you, Liz, where do they go? Olav : Thank you. Chris : Thank you. Liz : Cheers, Craig. Liz Keogh. Chris Matts. Olav Maassen. Craig Smith. LaunchDarkly Feature Management Platform. Dynamically control the availability of application features to your users. Start Free Trial. You need to Register an InfoQ account or Login or login to post comments. But there's so much more behind being registered.
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Olav Maassen is an experienced project manager and consultant and Chris Matts is a consultant who specializes in developing risk management and trading systems for investment banks. Liz Keogh appears as herself in the book, and is an independent Lean and Agile consultant. Each year Agile Alliance brings together attendees, speakers, authors, luminaries, and industry analysts from around the world in a one-of-a-kind conference. The Conference is considered the premier Agile event of the year, and provides a week-long opportunity to engage in wide-open interaction, collaboration and sharing of ideas with peers and colleagues within the global Agile community.
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Olav Maassen, Liz Keogh & Chris Matts on Commitment and Real Options
Jul 02, 19 min read. Ben Linders. Commitment is a graphical business novel about managing project risks. InfoQ attended the first event and did an interview with the authors just before the launch. Please shortly introduce yourself to the readers of InfoQ?
Book Launch of “Commitment”, and an Interview with Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary
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