Customer Reviews: Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition)
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on February 5, 2011
This book provides a reasonable overview of employing agile project management. Hwever, I found it difficult to read because of the sheer volume of space it dedicated to discussing how superior agile project management is to traditional project management. And what the author thinks of as traditional project management is actually dysfunctional project management. He's clearly been involved in a number of traditional PM projects run in highly mismanaged organizations where bad process prevails and people spend a lot of time subverting useful best practices. OK, sure, this can happen. It can happen with Agile as well. But it's distracting when every page or two I'm thinking to myself, "that's not necessarily true, I've run traditional PM projects without that happening." I may well use agile in the future, but please, focus on the subject and not the endless preaching.
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on December 8, 2012
Reviewing this book now in the context of the 11 books the Project Management Institute (PMI) originally recommended reading to prepare for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam. Of that 4,500 page reading list this book touched on several of this reviewer's personal biases. In the interest of transparency the poor rating is entirely, shamelessly acknowledged to be based on that bias. If the reader doesn't share these biases, the book may be perfectly fine for a personal journey to "see Agile". Highsmith's expertise on methodology, planning, continuous improvement, extreme programming (XP) and managing teams is on full display.
However, the use of the fictional narrative to illuminate concepts is tedious and ill-advised. Maya and Herman's adventures in Agile are just a weird (although infrequent) injection to this book. Other's make use of this conceit. Satisfied readers of "The Goal" who feel that fiction really illuminated critical chain theory should probably discount this criticism. The general bias on display in this review is that bad fiction doesn't add to the message.
The message is also diluted by writing style. The prose is impenetrable at times. The impermeability is fortified by incessant references to other works creating a pedantic air. The second bias here is obviously a desire to have authors of reference materials get to the point in a succinct manner.
So this jaundiced review must acknowledge a few facts. First many of Highsmith's techniques appear in my teaching of a PMI-ACP Certification Class, i.e. Product Vision-Vision Box. So second, the book is obviously useful, enjoyable at times, widely heralded as great, but not in the reviewer's opinion as useful as many of the 11 other books recommended for PMI-ACP preparation.
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on March 16, 2015
Great topic but an ok writing. Read "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time" instead
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