The Joyous Way of Working

Joyfully book - the Joyous way of working

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Sharing first-hand experience of shaping a new organisational structure, forming a product strategy and creating innovative new ways of working, Ruby Kolesky and Kevin Norris are pleased to publish Joyfully - the Joyous Way of Working.

Designed to help other software teams navigate their own ways of working, the book touches on every software teams’ key challenges.

Joyfully walks us through the twists and turns of organisational formation, one which involves a fresh mindset to product and engineering partnerships, the trials of getting strategic alignment, and the joys of growth and establishing a new way of working that feels good to be a part of.

Joyfully provides a thought provoking alternative to Agile Scrum, Shape Up and other methodologies. How Joyous builds software is clarified in short, easily digestible language.

To help with the overwhelming stress and exhaustion of continuous pressure in tech, tried and true strategies are also discussed and recommended.

Of benefit to both established and new software teams, Joyfully offers unique insights and guidance in a refreshing new light.

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"We love the Joyous approach! We’ve adopted and adapted many aspects of their way of working and it’s already proven to be super valuable. By expanding my role from product designer to ‘full-stack product’ I now have a deeper understanding of our customers, product and the business, which has helped shape our product for the better."

Ruth Hocking, Senior Product Manager,

"Joyfully is a very thoughtful, creative approach to designing a product/engineering culture. Recommended reading for any small product/engineering team seeking to improve their development practice and culture. Whether or not the details of this methodology are right for you, Joyfully will inspire you to be more thoughtful and intentional in your own team practice."

Jeremy Ginsberg, CTO In Residence, Movac