- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (May 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321502752
- ISBN-13: 978-0321502759
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
When software development teams move to agile methods, experienced project managers often struggle-doubtful about the new approach and uncertain about their new roles and responsibilities. In this book, two long-time certified Project Management Professionals (PMPRs) and Scrum trainers have built a bridge to this dynamic new paradigm. They show experienced project managers how to successfully transition to agile by refocusing on facilitation and collaboration, not "command and control." The authors begin by explaining how agile works: how it differs from traditional "plan-driven" methodologies, the benefits it promises, and the real-world results it delivers. Next, they systematically map the Project Management Institute's classic, methodology-independent techniques and terminology to agile practices. They cover both process and project lifecycles and carefully address vital issues ranging from scope and time to cost management and stakeholder communication. Finally, drawing on their own extensive personal experience, they put a human face on your personal transition to agile--covering the emotional challenges, personal values, and key leadership traits you'll need to succeed. Coverage includes
- Relating the "PMBOKR Guide" ideals to agile practices: similarities, overlaps, and differences
- Understanding the role and value of agile techniques such as iteration/release planning and retrospectives
- Using agile techniques to systematically and continually reduce risk
- Implementing quality assurance (QA) where it belongs: in analysis, design, defect prevention, and continuous improvement
- Learning to trust your teams and listen for their discoveries
- Procuring, purchasing, and contracting for software in agile, collaborative environments
- Avoiding the common mistakes software teams make in transitioning to agile
- Coordinating with project management offices and non-agile teams
- "Selling" agile within your teams and throughout your organization
About the Author
Michele Sliger has extensive experience in agile software development, having transitioned to Scrum and XP practices in 2000 after starting her career following the traditional waterfall approach. A self-described “bridge builder,” her passion lies in helping those in traditional software development environments cross the bridge to agility. Michele is the owner of Sliger Consulting Inc., where she consults with businesses ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, helping teams with their agile adoption, and helping organizations prepare for the changes that agile adoption brings. A frequent conference speaker and regular contributor to software industry publications, Michele is a strong advocate of agile principles and value-driven development practices. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMPR) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). She has an undergraduate MIS degree and an MBA. When not working, Michele volunteers as a grief facilitator for teens at Judi’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one.
Stacia Broderick has worked as a project manager for fifteen years, the last eight in software development. She was fortunate to be helped across the bridge under the mentorship of Ken Schwaber while working for Primavera Systems in 2003 and ever since has helped hundreds of teams the world over embrace the principles of and transition to an agile way of creating products. Stacia founded her company, AgileEvolution, Inc., in 2006 based on the belief that agile practices present a humane, logical way for teams and companies to deliver products. Stacia is a Certified Scrum Trainer as well as a PMPR, a mix that proves valuable when assisting organizations’ transition from traditional to modern practices. Stacia enjoys running, playing classical violin, and spending time with her family.
Top customer reviews
Taking the starting point in your existing knowledge as a Project Management Professional (or similar certification level), Michele Sliger and Stacia Viscardi explains in clear language the concepts and benefits of agile development. They are firm in their belief in agile but not religious, so a part of the book is dedicated to give examples on how agile can co-exsist with traditional minded organisations (who haven't seen the light yet). Another great chapter covers how to sell in agile into the different levels of the organization.
You will need to read other agile books as well on your agile journey - books that goes more into deep on the specific agile method you eventually choose to implement. However, this book is important and does exactly what the title claims: provide you with a bridge to agile development.
CSC, CST, PMP
It is also excellent to augment studying for the PMI-ACP. As a teacher and consultant in project management and agile, I recommend it to my students and clients.