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Agile Project Management For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118026243
ISBN-10: 1118026241
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From the Back Cover

Rev up your software development with a faster, more flexible approach

When it comes to software development, you can drive a high performance racecar or bounce along in a horse and buggy. The choice is clear, and it's time to put your foot on the gas as you learn how to implement agile techniques. This simple, step-by-step guide puts all the tools and techniques in your hands so you can manage your projects in the most efficient way possible.

  • Getting agile — from the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles to the benefits and reasons for implementing, build your foundation for understanding this project management approach

  • Putting the pieces into place — dive under the umbrella of agile approaches, create the physical environment, and establish the roles on your team

  • Time to go to work — build your skills in agile planning, creating a product roadmap, scheduling releases, planning iterations, and preparing for the launch

  • Building your project management skills — learn how to manage everything from scope, time, and cost to team dynamics, quality, and risk

  • Ensuring success — recruit the right members for your team and follow the key steps to make agile work in your organization

Open the book and find:

  • Why agile techniques work better than historical approaches

  • Overviews of lean, extreme programming, and scrum

  • Steps for putting agile into action

  • Ways to define product vision and features

  • How to plan releases and sprints

  • Methods for managing scope and procurement

  • How to simplify and increase project reporting

  • Tips for creating an environment that works for agile

Learn to:

  • Complete software projects in weeks instead of months

  • Use agile techniques to reduce risk and leverage core benefits

  • Turn agile theory into practice

  • Avoid common pitfalls

About the Author

Mark C. Layton, MBA, CST, PMP, SCPM, ("Mr. Agile") is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Leadership Network and is the founder of Platinum Edge, Inc. Mark has MBAs from UCLA and National University of Singapore, is a Certified Scrum Trainer, PMP-certified, and recipient of Stanford University's advanced project management certification.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118026241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118026243
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought Agile Project Management for Dummies yesterday and I have read most of it in the past 24 hours. It's a really easy read and makes Agile (and the specific approach of Scrum) very accessible. The comparisons with Waterfall are very helpful, as you really have to shift your mindset to a new way of thinking. I especially enjoyed the case study example that illustrated the process with a simple mobile banking project. It made all the artifacts make sense to me.

This should be mandatory reading for everyone from CIOs, Product Managers, Heads of PMOs and everyone involved in software and application development. Adopting Agile looks straightforward at a project level, but Mark points to some of the complexities of enterprise wide implementations towards the end of the book. It's as well to know what it's going to take to maximize the benefits of Agile.
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I've purchased many "...for Dummies" books in the past but this is the first one I've actually read cover-to-cover. If you are familiar with the "...for Dummies" series, you know what you're going to get: a nuts and bolts, start with the basics, type of book. Having knowledge of and experience in the traditional waterfall project methodology for software development and delivery, I wanted to learn more about Agile Project Methodology but I wanted to make sure I started with a solid foundation. If your plan is the same as mine, this book fits the bill. It begins with background information (Ch. 1), then the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles (Ch. 2) and builds on that each chapter thereafter. Besides the key terms, definitions, project team roles, Agile in practice, etc.... this book delves into topics such as procurement, working with vendors, and project cost and budget considerations specific to Agile projects. If you read from cover-to-cover, you will notice some repetition in the book; intended for those who use the book as a reference - read a section here, chapter there, skip ahead. I didn't mind it. In fact, I used it to my learning advantage. I feel confident in what I have learned here, so much so, I feel I am ready to move on and tackle heftier Agile-specific topics
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Don't be fooled by the "Dummies" title; this is one of those "For Dummies" books that's intelligent and thorough. It's a very good introduction to Agile principles and the Scrum framework. It works as both a ground-up training manual if you're totally new to the field and as a reference if you've been working with Agile for a while. I'm a Certified Scrum Master and have been working with Agile approaches like Scrum and Kanban for over a year now and have been able to find some great tips and solutions to challenges I've come across lately in this book. I've already recommended it to my coworkers and some colleagues who are about to take their Scrum certification class.
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Great intro to agile, but after reading I don't understand where user experience design fits in. Is it part of the dev team? Is it a team outside of the scrum team that supports the product owner? Is design frowned upon and supposed to be left to developers? Are mock ups and prototypes incompatible with agile since they aren't a shippable product? In theory everything sounds great.
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IMHO this is very nice intro into Agile development techniques with very strong focus on scrum. If you're going to read the book from start to end, there are lot of repeating notes / pickups / highlights, so closely to the end of the book you're going to simply skip few pages, cause you've read them 100 pages ago. But this is a way the book was written, best way to read it is to impersonate yourself into one of the roles described at the beginning of the book and then jump directly to proper chapter.

Alter all I liked this book. There is a small glitch reading it on Kindle, the tables, images, etc. aren't so much readble...
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Although the book describes agile in a thorough manner, the author repeatedly harps on how Agile should not and cannot be mixed with other project management tools. I disagree. There are aspects of Agile that can help projects being managed via other methods. I also felt the book could have been presented in about 2/3 the volume. The author repeated himself. Most of the information he presented here I found on Wikipedia before I read this book.
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I have yet to encounter a dummies book I don't like. This book is great for someone looking for a crash course in Agile. Covers all the major methodologies with particular attention to Scrum. Highly recommended if you want to get a good overview of Agile.
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Great explanation of Agile projects: clear presentation of concepts, application of the methods, and understanding of managing such projects. Mr. Layton does a fine job communicating in a practical, understandable way. He provides depth and breadth without becoming too academic or too simple.
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