The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile: Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 5, 2015 - Business & Economics - 432 pages
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Streamline project workflow with expert agile implementation

The Project Management Profession is beginning to go through rapid and profound transformation due to the widespread adoption of agile methodologies. Those changes are likely to dramatically change the role of project managers in many environments as we have known them and raise the bar for the entire project management profession; however, we are in the early stages of that transformation and there is a lot of confusion about the impact it has on project managers:

  • There are many stereotypes and misconceptions that exist about both Agile and traditional plan-driven project management,
  • Agile and traditional project management principles and practices are treated as separate and independent domains of knowledge with little or no integration between the two and sometimes seen as in conflict with each other
  • Agile and "Waterfall" are thought of as two binary, mutually-exclusive choices and companies sometimes try to force-fit their business and projects to one of those extremes when the right solution is to fit the approach to the project

It’s no wonder that many Project Managers might be confused by all of this! This book will help project managers unravel a lot of the confusion that exists; develop a totally new perspective to see Agile and traditional plan-driven project management principles and practices in a new light as complementary to each other rather than competitive; and learn to develop an adaptive approach to blend those principles and practices together in the right proportions to fit any situation.

There are many books on Agile and many books on traditional project management but what’s very unique about this book is that it takes an objective approach to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of both of those areas to see how they can work synergistically to improve project outcomes in any project. The book includes discussion topics, real world case studies, and sample enterprise-level agile frameworks that facilitate hands-on learning as well as an in-depth discussion of the principles behind both Agile and traditional plan-driven project management practices to provide a more thorough level of understanding.

 

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Contents

Summary of Key Points
98
Agile Estimation Practices
104
8
115
Agile Communications
139
10
151
Introduction to Agile Part 1 Fundamentals of Agile
153
11
165
Influence of Lean Manufacturing
174
19
303
20
327
Project Management Approach
336
Key Success Factors
341
Conclusions
349
21
355
Overall Summary
369
AppendixA Additional
375

Making Agile Work for
192
EnterpriseLevel Obstacles
199
Environments on Agile
213
14
233
EnterpriseLevel Agile
xvii
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259
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279
Summary of EnterpriseLevel
286
Company B
292
Example
387
Suggested Course
393
Index
401
Agile Manifesto 2001
21
Summary of Key Points
30
Scrum Overview
33
Agile Planning
57
Agile Development
73
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About the author (2015)

CHARLES G. COBB is President of Breakthrough Solutions, Inc., a consulting company that specializes in helping companies develop more effective enterprise-level Agile implementations. He is passionate about helping to close the gap between the Agile and traditional project management communities. He has published two prior books on Agile Project Management, written over 50 articles, and has been a guest speaker at numerous PMIŽ and Agile events. He is an Adjunct Professor at Boston University where he teaches a graduate-level Agile Project Management course and he is a practicing project/program manager with numerous project management and agile certifications over 30 years of experience.

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