Testimonials from our clients

Cisco ACI

Book Sprints get more brilliant work out of bright people in 1 week than most project can evoke across many months.

Loy Evens

Cisco

Open Translation Tools & Google Summer of Docs

If Book Sprints did not exist, we would be forced to invent them, so powerful is the knowledge production paradigm

Allen Gunn

Aspiration

Technology for Open Educational Resources

Writing a book through a Book Sprint turned out to be efficient, thorough and enjoyable; I can’t imagine a better outcome.

Phil Barker

JISC CETIS UK

OpenStack

I’ve been fortunate enough to have participated in a handful of Book Sprints and have been surprised at the outcome each time. The results prove this method over and over again.

Anne Gentle

Rackspace

New Aesthetics, New Anxieties

I would thoroughly encourage others, particularly writers and academics, to engage with the booksprint process.

This is a model to complement existing work in academia, allowing us to create, write and intervene in debates quickly, whilst not compromising academic standards and the ability to present and explore new ideas.

Dr. David Berry

Swansea University, UK

OpenStack

When I volunteered for the sprint, I confess that I didn’t expect much. Oh, I knew that at the end of the week we’d have a book. I just didn’t expect it to be the really great book that actually emerged. At the end of [the first day], we had 15,000 words already written. I was stunned.

[…] Perhaps the most interesting thing about [our] Book Sprint is that it was, in many ways, a microcosm of OpenStack itself. We all work for different companies, some of which don’t particularly get along, but in that room, it didn’t matter. We were just people getting a job done, and doing it in the best way we knew how… Nick Chase

OpenStack

CiviCRM

I met with the IT manager of a (New Zealand) political party today who was considering CiviCRM. He contacted me through the Circus Trust as he had read the case study. Anyway, he was really positive about the book and made the comment that ‘IT manuals normally put him to sleep but this one was interesting and well-written’. It was obvious that reading the book was having a significant influence on the likelihood of him going down the CiviCRM path and also increase the amount of functionality he would take advantage of. So, nice to see that not only do people appreciate the book but that it also achieves it’s goal of getting people to use Civi & to use it better. Eileen McNaughton

Managing and Monitoring Cisco ACI

I’ve written a book before and I can tell you I will never do it alone again. This was an amazing experience. 15-16 people get together and write a 400 page book in a week with amazing content that actually flows together nicely, it’s still miraculous to me. I should have trusted our moderators and trusted the process because it really turned out great. The best experience thanks to the moderators, we would still be on day one if it weren’t for them. Lauren Malhoit

Cisco

Operating Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

It has been a wonderful experience. This is my first Book Sprint. I’ve been through a range of emotions this week, going through the process. Starting from coming up with all the post-its that we had on Monday and ending up with a book that we have today is incredible to me.

I knew in the back of my head that we could do it, but having you guys as facilitators here has been so helpful. It’s an amazing process with an amazing group of folks, I know we have had a lot of people in the room, but I think we all worked really well together…

I really think the methodology is amazing. I would like to do this again, and I think this is something we should do for other documents as well. The methodology and the whole process was perfect. It kept us calm, moving through everything, it was a very good experience, and I was happy to be one of the unicorns that’s part of the Book Sprints process and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Carly Stoughton

Cisco

On Turtles and Dragons

After several book writing projects that extend over weeks and months of editing, sharing, waiting for a reply and then not having time to reply when I am asked to, I have developed a small level of nervosity about books. Then the idea of a Book Sprint arose and it seemed like it might solve the problem. And how.

After discussing with too many people for too long about how the ways that they do things and how they describe them, notate them, discuss them or think about them, we dragged a motley collection of people who were interested, but by no means experts, together. Then we started to talk. And talk. Armed with post-its and markers, pens and hand-waving, we were guided through a process of trying to work out what we were thinking about.

If there is a project where the problem needs discussion and that discussion should be documented, then it seems that a Book Sprint is the solution. A group of people who have agreed to share some time to the exclusivity of all else to make something happen, with instant questions and answers, sharing body language and a language that emerged amongst ourselves, we produced a book that has removed my feelings of nervousness about doing a new book project.

We plan to do another one.

Tim Boykett

TimesUp

Two short films about Book Sprints we facititated