My Journey from Idea to Bookshelf: Writing "AGILE PRODUCT MANAGEMENT IN ACTION"


Eduardo Alvim

10/3/20235 min read

Have you ever wondered how a book goes from a mere idea to a tangible creation on bookstore shelves?

Well, I've been asked that question countless times, and if you're one of those curious souls, you're in for a treat. Over the course of 2.5 years, I transformed my brainchild, 'AGILE PRODUCT MANAGEMENT IN ACTION: The Definitive Guide to Thrive in the Digital Age' into a reality. Let's embark on a journey through my roller-coaster ride in the world of writing, where I'll answer those very questions that people ask me almost every day. Join me as we explore the unexpected ideas and stolen moments of time that played starring roles in this adventure.

The Spark of Inspiration

So, how did it all start? Well, it began with nearly two decades of working in the Agile domain, dating back to 2004. I'd seen Product Managers and Product Owners grappling with the challenges of understanding and implementing Agile practices. The moment of inspiration struck during one particularly intense project when I witnessed a team struggling to navigate the intricate terrain of product management within the ever-evolving digital landscape.

It was a moment of clarity amid chaos. I realized that my years of hands-on experience held a roadmap, a way to untangle the web of Agile methodologies, and make it accessible to those who needed it most. The burning desire to share this knowledge became an undeniable drive—an itch that only writing could scratch. And so, the idea for my book was born.

I embarked on this journey not as a seasoned author but as a practitioner eager to demystify Agile concepts and offer practical solutions. My motivation was simple: to help others thrive in the digital age by mastering Agile product management.

A Torrent of Ideas

Once the spark ignited, my mind became a whirlwind of ideas. These were not merely fleeting thoughts but intricate revelations that demanded exploration. They weren't all directly related to the subject of my first book, but they were equally tantalizing. These "idea storms" ranged from innovative ways to foster team collaboration in Agile environments to insights into the psychology of product management.

As the ideas poured in, I soon realized that I needed to corral them. A dedicated file became their sanctuary—a place to capture and nurture these concepts, even if they didn't quite fit the theme of my initial work. What I didn't anticipate was how this creative overflow would set the stage for my second book, slated for release in early December. This new endeavor would delve even deeper into the realms of Enterprise and business Agility.

In essence, it was a testament to the unpredictable nature of creativity. Sometimes, the most seemingly unrelated ideas become the seeds for future growth. By allowing my imagination to roam freely, I stumbled upon fresh territory and ventured into uncharted waters—a journey that transformed my initial book into a multi-volume exploration of Agile excellence.

These unexpected bursts of inspiration reaffirmed my belief that writing is a voyage of self-discovery—a process that not only communicates ideas but generates them, even when we least expect it.

The Quest for Time

Now, let's address the elephant in the room: When did I find the time? Time, that elusive currency of productivity. Well, it turns out there are hidden pockets of it everywhere if you're determined. For instance, I used to be a frequent traveler, jet-setting to different places and countries every week. It was during those long flights that I seized the opportunity to write, rewrite, and review. You'd be amazed at how much time you can uncover while flying from one place to another!

Another source of time came from my early bird habits. I'd rise at the crack of dawn, around 6 AM, every day—even on weekends. While my wife and kids were slumbering, I harnessed this quiet time to make significant progress on my writing. By the time they woke up, I was fully present and focused on them.

The Writing Roller Coaster

Now, let's talk about the writing process itself. Spoiler alert: It wasn't always smooth sailing. Some days, I'd wake up devoid of inspiration, staring at the screen with disbelief that I was even attempting this endeavor. On others, I'd question the validity of everything I was putting on paper, convinced it was all nonsense. And then, on those magical days, inspiration would strike like lightning, and I'd feel an overwhelming urge to share my insights with the world.

Am I a born writer? Absolutely not. Do I consider myself a writer? Well, that's (very) debatable. I wouldn't dare to compare myself to the literary giants out there, not even say that I’m in the same world as themselves! But what I can say is that I'm a passionate sharer of experiences, and that's what drove me through this challenging yet rewarding journey of writing not one but two books.

Writing a book is an adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns. It's about harnessing your unique experiences, finding hidden moments in your day, and riding the waves of inspiration. So, if you're ever hit with the urge to pen your thoughts, don't wait for a sign. Just dive in and start writing—you never know where it might lead you.

What I Liked the Most About This Whole Experience

As I reflect on this incredible journey from idea to bookshelf, one aspect stands out above all else—**the people**. I've had the privilege of sharing my thoughts and experiences with readers who've reached out to me, both virtually and in person. It's the conversations, the questions, and the connections that have made this adventure truly rewarding.

What I liked the most about this whole experience is knowing that the lines I've written have resonated with individuals across the globe. It's the spark of inspiration that kindles when I see someone's face light up with understanding, knowing that I've helped them navigate the complex world of Agile Product Management.

I can't deny it—I'm guilty as charged when it comes to relishing those moments when someone asks for an autograph or a personalized dedication after purchasing my book. It's a tangible connection between the written word and the reader, a moment that bridges the gap between author and audience. It's a reminder that, in the end, writing is about sharing stories, experiences, and knowledge with others.

So, as I wrap up this chapter of my writing journey, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who've been a part of it, whether as readers, questioners, or enthusiasts of Agile practices. Your support and curiosity have fueled my passion for sharing, and for that, I'm eternally thankful.

In the end, it's not just about being a writer; it's about being a storyteller and a sharer of knowledge—a role I've cherished every step of the way.

Thank you for joining me on this adventure, and may your own creative journeys be just as fulfilling and inspiring.

Stay Agile !