- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall (May 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0131240714
- ISBN-13: 978-0131240711
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR MANAGING AGILE PROJECTS
"In the hands of another, this class of material could become incoherent, but Sanjiv has enough intellectual power to ground his subject...Fans of APM and those who prefer new ideas as a catalyst for their management approach should find Managing Agile Projects rewarding."
Wes Balakian, Chairman and Executive Advisor, PMI eBusiness SIG
"I only wish I had read this book when I started my career in software product management, or even better yet, when I was given my first project to manage. In addition to providing an excellent handbook for managing with agile software development methodologies, Managing Agile Projects offers a guide to more effective project management in many business settings."
John P. Barnes, former Vice President of Product Management at Emergis, Inc.
"The agile software development movement evolved from a half-dozen methodologiesScrum, Adaptive, XP, Crystalthat while different, embodied a consistent set of values and similar practices. The agile project management movement is following the same pathstrength through a blend of consistency and diversity. Sanjiv's book, Managing Agile Projects, adds bothconsistency and diversityto the concepts and practices of agile project management. His book is rich in ideas and practical advice. It is a wonderful addition to the growing literature about 'alternative' styles of project management."
Jim Highsmith Sr. V.P. and Director Agile Software Development and Project Management Practice Fellow, Business Technology Council Cutter Consortium LLC, Arlington, MA
"Here is an innovative approach to the management of agile projects, examining traditional project management practices that do not align well with new agile methodologies. Augustine's alternative approaches in regard to personnel, organization, and change make this a valuable resource for project managers as well as for the customer/product owner."
Sydney H. Jammes, Retired C.I.A. Economist
"Project management has almost become a new paradigm for getting work done in most corporations around the world. This book provides a long overdue synthesis of the diverse strategies and practices in project management. The holistic and organic approach in the book combines the people factor and task complexity elements nicely and delivers an easy-to-read narrative that should be a must-read for every manager."
Tojo Thatchenkery, Professor of Organizational Learning, George Mason University
"In our work with Sanjiv Augustine in New Zealand and Australia, he has always impressed me with his practical, lucid approach to the project management idea for our timesagile project management. This book captures the essence of that approach."
Martyn Jones, Managing Director, Software Education Associates, Ltd.
"Rejoice! Sanjiv Augustine eloquently lays out a practical and elegant organic project management model for being innovative and delivering business value while maintaining a high quality of life. And in the process, he gives the world a proven alternative to mechanistic and rigid project management practices that have stifled software development and killed creativity. A brilliant piece of work."
Doug DeCarlo, author, "eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility"
"Sanjiv Augustine's informative new book, Managing Agile Projects, takes the mystery out of bringing about the successful completion of information technology projects. His innovative, clear, and sensible approach to the management of agile projects is a must-read for all members of the implementation team, from users to developers and from consultants to managers. This work is a major contribution to the field of project management."
Martha C. Edmondson, Chief Financial Officer, African Development Foundation
"This book significantly builds on and extends agile thinking."
Jeff De Luca, creator of Feature Driven Development, www.nebulon.com
"Sanjiv brings real world, interesting experiences to his topic and conveys the essentials of project management in the new era in a way that is both entertaining and enlightening. Busting the jargon and slicing through the marketing-speak, this book is an essential tool for anyone involved in development projects today."
Shane Hastie, Chief Knowledge Engineer, Software Education Associates, Ltd.
"Managing Agile Projects extends the values and principles of more development-centric agile methodologies to project management, something essential to the creation and evolution of the truly agile organization. An excellent addition to the agile literature!"
Steve Hayes, Professional Services Manager, Internet Business Systems
"Agile Project Management, as outlined here, is a key component to building a software development organization that can effectively respond to changing market needs in a timely manner. "
Madhu Garlanka, Senior Manager, eBusiness Application Development, Nextel Communications
"Agile methods created by 'radicals' have matured into tools in common use in many organizations. Now that teams are using these methods on high-profile projects, executives are starting to ask, 'How can we manage these agile processes?' This book builds upon scientific research of complex adaptive systems to present a handbook for project managers and executives faced with the challenge of monitoring and controlling agile projects."
Kevin J.J. Aguanno, PMP®, MAPM IBM Certified Senior Project Manager IBM Global Services, IBM Canada, Ltd.
"I read this book and immediately shared it with a manager of an XP team. It's got great ideas on how to manage agile teams using a 'light touch.'"
William Wake, Independent Consultant
"Agile Project Management, as outlined here, is a key component to building a software development organization that can effectively respond to changing market needs in a timely manner."
Madhu Garlanka, Sr. Manager, eBusiness Application Development, Nextel Communications
"In the hands of another, this class of material could become incoherent, but Sanjiv has enough intellectual power to ground his subject....Fans of APM and those who prefer new ideas as a catalyst for their management approach should find Managing Agile Projects rewarding."
Wes Balakian, Chairman and Executive Advisor, PMI eBusiness SIG
Your Hands-On, "In-the-Trenches" Guide to Successfully Leading Agile Projects
Agile methods promise to infuse development with unprecedented flexibility, speed, and valueand these promises are attracting IT organizations worldwide. However, agile methods often fail to clearly define the manager's role, and many managers have been reluctant to buy in. Now, expert project manager Sanjiv Augustine introduces a proven management framework that addresses everything from team building to project control. Sanjiv bridges the disconnect between the assumptions and techniques of traditional and agile management, demonstrating why agility is better aligned with today's project realities, and how to simplify your transition:
Customizing agile methods to your unique environment implementing full-life-cycle agility: from planning and coding to maintenance and knowledge transfer
Learning how agile methods can scale to succeed in even the largest projects through a case study
Managing the flow of customer value from one creative stage to the next
Defining a high-value role for the manager in agile project environments
Refocusing on outcomesnot rigid plans, processes, or controls
Structuring and building adaptive, self-organizing "organic teams"
Forming a guiding vision that aligns your team behind a common purpose
Empowering your team with the information it needs to succeed
Whether you're a technical or business manager, Managing Agile Projects gives you all the tools you need to implement agility in your environmentand reap its full benefits.
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About the Author
Sanjiv Augustine is the Director of the Lean-Agile Consulting Practice at CC Pace, a financial services consultancy in Fairfax, VA. A leading agile management practitioner and consultant, he has authored several articles on agile project management, frequently presents at industry conferences, and founded the Yahoo! Agile Project Management group. His extensive agile experience ranges from deploying eXtreme Programming at large financial institutions to managing agile projects of all sizes, from 5 people to more than 100. (http://www.sanjivaugustine.com)
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Top customer reviews
On the positive side, each chapter is contains activities that can be implemented to put Agile methodology to practice. For example, in the Chapter dedicated to APM practice, Open Information, some of the activities described there include: Collocate Team Members, Use of Information Radiators, Conduct Daily Stand-Up Meetings, etc...
The value I have obtained from this book vastly exceeds its price, and I definitely recommend it.
I think it should not however be the very 'first' book to read on the subject lest it loses a regrettable portion of its value and excitement. It should be preceded by or accompanied by the reading the fudamental concepts.
Bob Schatz, Chief Development Officer, Solstice Software, Inc.
Things pick up greatly after chapter 3, however. The remainder of the book is solid, very useful, and full of great information for building and maintaining a solid development team. There's a lot of great focus on bringing value to the customer, and there are practical examples for all of the various aspects of running an agile project.
You'll find handy tables and explanations detailing estimation, task backlogs and job jars, and several great discussions on how to keep communication flowing with your customer. The sections on clearly establishing service criteria at the start of the project, and the clever use of sliders to help define success critieria, were nicely done.
Overall it's a very good book. The opening three or four chapters drag down what's otherwise a solid addition to my bookshelf. I'll get a good amount of use out of the book.
And that's exactly what the author delivers in this book: a continual flow of value for the agile project manager. What I especially like about this book is that it is simply written and provides straight forward, proven and actionable advice.
I think that some of the best books are the ones that read us. As I read Mr. Augustine's model for agile project management, I find myself saying, "Yes, yes, that's what I thought I thought but hadn't put it into words."
This book is complete. One of its unique qualities is that it provides the reader with a holistic model for agile project management including sound project management practices as well as fundamental leadership practices. Most books on project management, either deal with one or the other. For agile projects, management and leadership are inseparable.
A great feature of the book is the inside front cover that serves as a snappy, bulleted overview of Mr. Augustine's entire model which is made up of Three Guiding Principles: Foster Alignment and Cooperation, Encourage Emergence and Self Organization and Institute Learning and Adaptation. Each of these principles is delineated into both project management and leadership practices. And these provide the framework for the entire book which is full of examples, specific practices and tools.
And although this book is written primarily for software projects, the principles and practices can be applied to any agile project.