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Project Management the Agile Way: Making It Work in the Enterprise Hardcover – January 19, 2010
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A fascinating read. The author is on point and thorough. This book belongs on the reference shelf of every aspiring business leader. --Dr. Ken Ports, Director of Strategic Operations, Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc.
A methodical, well-thought-out depiction of how agile has evolved from the original classic waterfall practices. Goodpasture combines his broad depth of project management knowledge and sound insight to detail the agile methodologies of today. --Cathy Cortright, PMP, IT Project Management Consultant
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According to the author it's not an either-or proposition when it comes to agile versus classical, it's a matter of adapting to the demands of the situation. Classical plan-driven project management tends to work best in well-known environments where products are clear. Agile tends to work best in software development environments where requirements are vague and/or unknowable except through intense, iterative collaboration to deliver continuously useful on-going benefits to customers. There are certainly other application areas, such as product R&D, where a version of agile principles would work, but that was not the scope of this book.
He explores uses and nuances of both methodologies in 12 familiar domains ranging from the essential business case to benefits realization. The chapters on governance and quality are particularly outstanding. The one on benefits was good but could have used some real examples for illustrating benefits.
As an aside, in looking at how agile, as a methodology, might align with the existing PMI standard for a single project (PMBOK® Guide, Chapter 3, 4th Edition) it is fairly easy to see how it relates to the five major processes - Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling and Closing.
Goodpasture did his homework, offering history and context.Read more ›
Goodpasture has created a well written and content rich (dense) book Project Management the Agile Way: Making It Work in the Enterprise that reviews the elements of "classic" project management with the assumption the reader has a basic understanding, agile variants and how they work in the same topic space and adds his expertise in quantitative methods for a more sophisticated decision making processes for planning, estimating and managing a project. The reader is given a 3 dimensional look at the chapter topics - classis, agile and quantitative view. Actually a fourth is provided for some with history and overview of the concept. There are "take aways" at the end of each chapter which is the author's blend as a baseline, or you can pick your own mix for your specific needs.
The book reads much better than most text books I've read on project management subject, and I've read many over the last 15 years. I was introduced to concepts and techniques that I had not read elsewhere, especially in the synthesis of different techniques, the authors insightful summaries of what is important. Hopefully these ideas will improve your ability to successfully manage future efforts.Read more ›
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Great reading about Agile, very clear and with clear and usefil examples for Project Managers who wants to "jump" from traditional SDLC to Agile approach.Published on December 12, 2013 by Jose Antonio Luna Espinal
The book is a great introductory product for experienced project managers that are not familiar with the Agile Way. I highly recommend this book for other project managers.Published on April 2, 2013 by TOM W. WATITI
I like the overall content of the book, but the publisher should be aware that many people require a little larger font size. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by cabin bound
The author provides an in-depth look at Agile methodology and the application of project management processes. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by Dale Miller, PMP
In recent years, the bookshelf has become crowded with a number of books on agile software development, with some of them taking on the topic of agile project management. Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by Gregory D. Githens