An essential guide for anyone new to agile projects and a valuable source of inspiration for the more experienced. Explains the key principles, techniques and processes of agile project management. Includes free downloadable templates to get you started!
By: John Carroll & David Morris
Publication Date: July 29th, 2015
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Agile Project Management in easy steps, now in its second edition, explains the key principles, techniques, and processes to ensure your agile project is a success. This edition of the book has been updated to reflect progress and refinement of agile methods over recent times. It explains the key principles, techniques and processes of agile project management, working through an entire project, explaining the main activities and deliverables including:
- Pre-project start-up and terms of reference
- Feasibility assessment and the business case
- Establishing the foundations for success
- Iterative development and the evolving solution
- Implementation and post-project assessment
It includes additional coverage of business analysis, user experience, feature-driven development and agile projects in large programmes and enterprises.
An essential guide for anyone new to agile projects and a valuable source of inspiration for the more experienced. It also includes downloadable templates to get you started.
About the authors
John Carroll is a project management consultant with many years’ experience of managing large and small projects, programs and portfolios. Now based in South West England, he has run projects and programs across Europe and the United States. His experience covers most types of organisations including government, higher education, manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals, software development and the emergency services. He has worked on most types of projects and trained project managers in many different organisations. John is also the author of Effective Project Management in easy steps, Effective Time Management in easy steps and all editions of (MS) Project in easy steps.
David Morris is an agile practitioner, coach, and instructor of team performance, business analysis and project management. With over 30 years’ experience, he has worked in and led teams and run his own business, in Europe and Australasia (he is now based in Auckland, NZ), delivering strategic, business, and technical projects following structured, iterative, and agile methodologies. David is certified as a trainer and coach; organises, chairs, and talks at conferences and events; has contributed to several books (including ‘Agile Project Estimation and Planning’, ‘Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge’, and ‘Business Analysis for Dummies’); and writes for several online publications (including InfoQ.com and BATimes.com.
Reviews from Amazon readers:
5 stars So good I bought it twice
So good I bought it twice. I loaned out my hard copy to my boss and then found that I needed to refer to it so bought the Kindle edition.
The book gives a good introduction to various ways of approaching Agile project management using Scrum, XP, Lean, Feature Driven Development (FDD) and then dives into the Agile PM/DSDM framework in more detail.
I’ve been using AgilePM and DSDM for a few years now and it’s a really useful methodology for managing software and web projects with agility. It is built around six phases: pre-project, feasibility, foundations, evolving solution (development), deployment and post-project. This book guides the reader through each of the key ideas within the framework. I wish I’d had this book when I was sitting my practitioner exam.
The book concludes with a chapter on various approaches at scaling agile within an organisation: LeSS, Scaled Professional Scrum, SAFe and DAD; I’m sorry that Nexus isn’t explored.
All in all, this is a really great introduction to project management within the context of agile projects. I highly recommend it.
5 stars Great Agile handbook
For those looking to get an overview of Agile and other Software development methodologies, this is a great start. Well written and simple to read and a great guide to keep as a reference! I would recommend this without a doubt!
5 stars Well structured
Clear and well structured guide to a number of methods. Very helpful.