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Going Agile Project Management Practices Second Edition
by Gloria J. Miller

2013-front-cover-v08Moving on from the first edition published in 2013, the second edition is now available.

The second edition provides an update on the field experiences since the original book as well as a larger print size and color figures in the paperback version.

Agile is not new. It has been around since 1996 with the first Extreme Programming project. Nevertheless, being agile in practice is a theme that few organizations have realized. They have gone from using waterfall methodologies, to using spiral methodologies, to Rapid Application Development. Organizations are not siting still in their quest for agility. Let us just say, organizations have been chasing for a way of having projects that react to an ever-changing business and Information Technology (IT) environment.

Since the announcement of the Agile Manifesto in 2001, an agile movement has been growing in the IT community. Today, hundreds of organizations that have adopted agile methods and thousands are certified agile coaches.  That is, agile has reached a state of maturity where every organization should look at the agile practices and decide to “Go Agile” or not.

Going Agile Project Management Practices synthesizes definitions, concepts, and practices that would be applicable to an executive, manager, or project manager that wants to be informed about agile. It is designed as an introduction to different agile themes and as a reference on the application of agile practices. It can be a valuable guide for a transition to agile practices and a desk reference for applying agile techniques to a project.

The book has four sections. introduction to the agile topic, its benefits, and practices; the agile practices as aligned with Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®); the considerations for selecting and implementing an agile methodology; finally, a guide of selected agile methodologies, terms, and people.

The key topics included in the book:

  • The applicability of agile, its benefits, and failures
  • Description of selected methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP)
  • The agile techniques and skills needed for an agile coach
  • Agile practices aligned to the Project Management Body of (PMBOK®) Guide Edition 5 knowledge areas
  • Personal experiences from agile coaches and team members
  • A glossary of terms used in the book.
  • Profiles of agile and management experts referenced in the book.

Why read Going Agile?

Going Agile Project Management Practices approaches project management from two directions. One direction is how to minimize the risk in applying agile practices in projects. The other is how to add agility to traditional projects.   The book takes the view agile methodologies are mature, and agile practices need to be included in every project. People should read it to gain agility in any type of project!

It is a useful guide for an agile Project Manager before or after taking the Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam.

“I will recommend it to my clients that not only want to build a business case, but want to ensure that the project actually delivers the expected business value and benefits are realized.”  —Johannes Ritter, Partner / Solution Matrix from www.amazon.com

“This book approaches agile transition as a matter of fact, mainstream organisational change. Agile has arrived, now what do your managers, project managers, financial people etc. need to know about it?“  —Irene Michlin, Team Technical Lead and internal Agile Coach / Sophos as Core Products   from www.amazon.co.uk

”Since the book covers agile practices broader than Scrum, there are few additional practice I plan to recommend that we apply in our projects.”  —Gail Miller Jones (the author’s sister) from www.barnesandnoble.com

“You can find there reasonable dose of theoretical background as well as numerous examples of practical application.”  —Edward Krzeminski, Lecturer/Designer/Continuous Improvement Specialist   from www.barnesandnoble.com

“The focus of this book is very clear: much has been written about agile methodologies and techniques, but little about how to succeed in transforming organizations thorough value driven and self empowered teams.”  —David de Francisco Marcos MSc, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP from www.amazon.com

“This is a wonderful book providing the insight on various practices followed in Agile and is a wonderful summary of all Agile methodologies.”  —Anees Haidary:PMP, CSM, ITILv3, ISO9K LA, ISO14K LA from www.linkedin.com

“Case studies and guest posts by other long-time project management experts round up the book very nicely.” —Frank Leistner from www.amazon.com

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