Becoming Agile

Becoming Agile : a Imperfect World

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Many books discuss Agile from a theoretical or academic perspective.


Agile takes a different approach and focuses on explaining Agile from a

case-study perspective. Agile principles are discussed, explained, and then

demonstrated in the context of a case study that flows throughout the book. The

case study is based on a mixture of the author's real-world experiences.

Becoming Agile also focuses on the importance of adapting Agile principles to the

realities of your environment. In the early days of Agile, there was a general belief

that Agile had to be used in all phases of a project, and that it had to be used in

its purest form. Over the last few years, reputable Agile authorities have begun

questioning this belief: We're finding that the best deployments of Agile are customized

to the realities of a given company.

Becoming Agile discusses the cultural realities of deploying Agile and how to deal

with the needs of executives, managers, and the development team during

migration. The author discusses employee motivation and establishing incentives

that reward support of Agile techniques.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 188 x 233 x 20mm | 689g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1933988258
  • 9781933988252
  • 672,867

About Greg Smith

Greg Smith

is a certified ScrumMaster and a Senior Project Manager at

Washington Mutual. Greg is also an instructor of Agile Project Management at

Bellevue Community College. He has over 20 years of experience as a development

manager, project manager, business analyst, and product manager. Greg has

worked for large conglomerates, tiny start-ups, and medium size companies

including: Philips Electronics, R.R. Donnelley, Oh Boy! Oberto, and the Seattle

Times New Media group. He has spent time with various companies helping them

create a custom Agile process that supports the realities of their environment.

Greg's focus has been on iteratively migrating a company to Agile and actively

involving the development team in the process. Greg provides consulting services

but his main focus is bringing Agile practices into the companies that he works for.

This background has given him insight into what it takes to sustain an Agile culture

and process over time.
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