When my daughter Emma was born in late 2004, I felt out of my depth. We seemed to be at the doctor’s office much more than we had been with our other children. I kept asking my wife, “Is this normal?” One night, I found my wife’s copy of What to Expect the First Year on my pillow with a note from her, “Read this. You’ll feel better.”

And I did. Knowing that everything we were experiencing was normal for my child, even if it wasn’t typical for me, or observed before, made me feel more confident and secure. This was right around the same time I was starting to experiment with Scrum and agile. As I started to encounter obstacles and run into unfamiliar situations, I began to realize that what I really needed was a What to Expect book for ...

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