Agile Project Management For Dummies

Agile Project Management For Dummies

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By (author) Mark C. Layton, By (author) Rachele Maurer

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 234mm x 18mm | 480g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118026241
  • ISBN 13: 9781118026243
  • Sales rank: 58,596

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Be flexible and faster with Agile project management As mobile and web technologies continue to evolve rapidly, there is added pressure to develop and implement software projects in weeks instead of months. Agile Project Management For Dummies can make that happen. This is the first book to provide a simple, step-by-step guide to Agile Project Management approaches, tools, and techniques. With the fast pace of mobile and web technology development, software project development must keep pace; Agile Project Management enables developers to complete and implement projects more quickly and this book shows you how. Offers a practical context for understanding and applying Agile techniques, moving from theory into actual practice Explains when to use Agile and how to avoid common pitfalls Written by experts who know how to apply the principles in real-world situations Agile Project Management For Dummies enables you to understand and apply Agile principles for faster, more accurate development.

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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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Rev up your software development with a faster, more flexible approachWhen 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 approachPutting the pieces into place -- dive under the umbrella of agile approaches, create the physical environment, and establish the roles on your teamTime to go to work -- build your skills in agile planning, creating a product roadmap, scheduling releases, planning iterations, and preparing for the launchBuilding your project management skills -- learn how to manage everything from scope, time, and cost to team dynamics, quality, and riskEnsuring success -- recruit the right members for your team and follow the key steps to make agile work in your organizationOpen the book and find: Why agile techniques work better than historical approachesOverviews of lean, extreme programming, and scrumSteps for putting agile into actionWays to define product vision and featuresHow to plan releases and sprintsMethods for managing scope and procurementHow to simplify and increase project reportingTips for creating an environment that works for agileLearn to: Complete software projects in weeks instead of monthsUse agile techniques to reduce risk and leverage core benefitsTurn agile theory into practiceAvoid common pitfalls

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Agile 7 Chapter 1: Modernizing Project Management 9 Chapter 2: The Agile Manifesto and Principles 19 Chapter 3: Why Agile Works Better 43 Part II: Being Agile 61 Chapter 4: Agile Frameworks 63 Chapter 5: Putting Agile into Action: The Environment 77 Chapter 6: Putting Agile into Action: The Behaviors 87 Part III: Working in Agile 107 Chapter 7: Defining the Product Vision and Product Roadmap 109 Chapter 8: Planning Releases and Sprints 127 Chapter 9: Working Through the Day 151 Chapter 10: Showcasing Work and Incorporating Feedback 169 Chapter 11: Preparing for Release 179 Part IV: Managing in Agile 185 Chapter 12: Managing Scope and Procurement 187 Chapter 13: Managing Time and Cost 207 Chapter 14: Managing Team Dynamics and Communication 227 Chapter 15: Managing Quality and Risk 251 Part V: Ensuring Agile Success275 Chapter 16: Building a Foundation 277 Chapter 17: Being a Change Agent 289 Part VI: The Part of Tens 307 Chapter 18: Ten Key Benefits of Agile Project Management 309 Chapter 19: Ten Key Metrics for Agile Project Management 317 Chapter 20: Ten Key Resources for Agile Project Management 327 Index 331