Real World Agile Publishing

Moderated by:
Brett Sandusky (Holocene)
Dominique Raccah (Sourcebooks), Joe Wikert (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Manage Broadway South
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In this session moderated by Brett Sandusky you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how two leading publishers are implementing the agile methodology in their organizations. It’s easier than you think and it doesn’t require a structural overhaul. Dominique Raccah of Sourcebooks and Joe Wikert of O’Reilly will explain how they’re using techniques like minimum viable products, rapid updates, serialized publishing, and variable pricing for some of their newest publications.

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Brett Sandusky


Brett Sandusky, director of product development. Brett is a maker of things, both digital and physical. He is the founder of bdigitl Media Labs, a consultancy which provides UX and product development services to companies launching new ventures. His background in publishing encompasses marketing, product development, user experience, innovation, and data systems. He has been involved in the digital transformation of the publishing industry by making products, writing, speaking, and consulting. He is also a knitter, a cook, a baker, and, as of recently, a home-brewer. He lives in a renovation project in Brooklyn, New York with his partner and a mischievous Jack Russell who does bad things because he can. Follow Brett on Twitter: @bsandusky

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Dominique Raccah


Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from New York Times bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides. Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.

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Joe Wikert

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He is General Manager & Publisher at O’Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Joe also serves as co-chair for O’Reilly’s Tools of Change (TOC) conference. Prior to joining O’Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on
his Publishing 2020 blog. He is also the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle and blogs about that experience on his Kindleville blog.

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Kat Meyer
02/15/2012 6:32am EST

Hi Russ, We’ll be posting slides as they come in. Usually after the sessions. We don’t yet have the slides from this presentation, but since we know where Joe works, we will put some pressure on him to turn these over pronto ;-) Expect to see them soon.

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Russ Eanes
02/15/2012 6:10am EST

Is it just me, or are your slides not available here? You all are going through your presentations so fast that we cannot absorb the content on the screen. If you go that fast, then please make the slide show available here.

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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