Book Sprint in Tokyo is done!

After four days we completed the Book Sprint for the Quality Infrastructure Investment Partnership Operations Manual, and had some delicious ice cream to celebrate! Phil Karp, Lead Knowledge Management Officer at the World Bank who organized both the first and the second Book Sprint with TDLC in Tokyo, gave us some feedback at the end:   See more photos here.   Like and help us promote this...

Second Book Sprint at the TDLC World Bank in Tokyo

This week, the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) invited us to facilitate their second Book Sprint. A year ago we facilitated a Book Sprint for the TDLC operations manual, and now a new partnership program with the Government of Japan starting next month requires another operations manual. Whereas last year’s Book Sprint drew on ten years of experience of the TDLC staff and partners, this manual defines an entirely new program. The resulting document may not need to be long, but each step in the process is thoroughly mapped out and carefully worded to lay the groundwork for the next four years. To design a lean and efficient process that takes the needs of all partners involved into account, and to do so quickly, the TDLC invited eight experts from Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Paris and one facilitator from Book Sprints. Go here to see more photos. Like and help us promote this...

New release of Responsible Data Handbook

The Responsible Data in Development Handbook that was the result of a Book Sprint in 2014 with the engine room recently received a beautiful make-over including its own website, new chapter summaries, slidedeck templates, new visualizations and a lovely title: “The Hand-Book of the Modern Development Specialist”. We love to see a Book Sprint turn into a living community and the book to live on through various iterations! You can check out the handbook here: https://responsibledata.io/resources/handbook/ And read about the Book Sprint here: Book on responsible development data published and here Launching a new book on responsible development data. Like and help us promote this...

GIZ Book Sprint finished the book “Treasure Hunt”

After a five-day Book Sprint, a group of ten contributors finished the book Treasure Hunt – How Good Financial Governance can support resource-endowed countries in achieving the SDGs. “Treasure Hunt, a term referring to both the gold digger atmosphere that surrounds the exploration of natural resources and the often Don-Quijotian quest of public officials for revenues.” (from the Foreword) Amidst rain and sunshine (but more rain), with the river Rhine swelling until it flooded the banks behind the GIZ academy’s garden, the participants stayed inside and worked long days (and some long evenings, too). From Monday to Friday they conceptualized, structured, wrote, discussed, re-wrote and edited the book on good financial governance in the extractive sector. Photos of the Book Sprint can be seen here on flickr. Like and help us promote this...

GIZ Book Sprint on Good Financial Governance in the Extractive Sector

GIZ (Germany’s agency for international development cooperation) has been doing extensive work on good financial governance as well as on improving governance in the extractive sector, but consolidating these two areas is still to be done. Ten experts from the GIZ and consultants came together this week in a Book Sprint to map the work being done in intersection of these two areas and to identify new directions going forward. Starting on Monday, the participants met at the GIZ Akademie in Bad Honnef, with the river Rhine flowing by just behind the building, plenty of rabbits on the lawn, and the rhododendron in full bloom! Spring rains kept the group inside on the first day and concentrated on the issues their partner countries with extractive industries face in tax administration, budget planning, and regulatory frameworks, among others. Like and help us promote this...

Cisco Book Sprint completed!

“A Modern, Open and Scalable Fabric: VXLAN EVPN”, the new Cisco Guide produced with the Book Sprint method, has been finalised today after 5 days of intense collaborative writing. The Guide intends to give a solid foundation of VXLAN EVPN and provides real-world use cases to achieve a successful transition to next generation data centre Fabric. The intended audience for this book is both network professionals and network administrators. The Book is the result of the collaborative effort of 13 participants (Cisco Technical Marketing and Sales Engineers). Some of their impressions of the week can be found in the videos below.       You can check the pics of the Book Sprint here Like and help us promote this...