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AGILE Project Management for Busy Managers

AGILE Project Management for Busy Managers [Kindle Edition]

Tony Riches
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Managers have become skilled at juggling changing priorities. What is different is that customer expectations have changed. People expect shops to be open earlier and later, to get answers on line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and appointments outside of normal working hours. At the same time there is huge pressure to reduce operating costs, staff numbers and to do more with less.

Many traditional project management approaches are about attempting to limit change to 'keep the project on track'. This is fundamentally the wrong approach. If something needs to change with a project it should or you risk project failure.
There is no simple solution - but the ideas set out here draw on the approach of some of the most successful companies in the private sector and can really help deliver change which is sustainable, affordable and valued by customers and stakeholders.

Dr Penny Pullan, Director of Making Projects Work Ltd, said "Most of us who manage projects nowadays find ourselves operating in an environment of continual change. Our projects are full of uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. So what can we do? What is the answer? How can we make things work? I think that this short book gives a big part of the answer. Tony draws on Lean and Agile to bring together the most useful ideas into a practical guide for project managers, whatever their field. Tony taps into his deep experience of running projects and programmes from both private and public sectors to come up with a very readable book, free from the jargon and buzzwords often found elsewhere."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: WWD (11 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WN2Z8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tony Riches has a BA Degree in Psychology and an MBA from Cardiff University. He lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, one of the most unspoilt areas of the UK. His first novel, 'Queen Sacrifice' was written after looking into the early history of Wales and seeing the parallels to a game of chess, with kings and queens, bishops and castles - and the people becoming pawns in their civil wars.

An interest in space exploration going back to witnessing the Apollo landings as a child led to the writing of Atlantis - The Final Space Shuttle Mission and development of the NASA Latest blog, which has only been possible through the generous support of the NASA media team.

Before becoming a writer he was Head of Cardiff Harbour Authority and supported the Captain Scott Society with exhibitions on the departure of Scott's ship the Terra Nova from Cardiff Docks in 1910. He has since researched and written Terra Nova: Antarctic Voyager with support from the Glamorgan Archives and Captain Scott's granddaughter, Dafila Scott.

When not writing Tony enjoys sea and river kayaking and has a specialist blog 'Kayak Journeys' about some of his kayaking adventures. He also enjoys hiking and plans to complete the full 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast path which passes fifty-eight beautiful beaches and fourteen harbours.

Other interests include music and art. He has a blog called 'The Awakening Conscience' where he occasionally writes about Ruskin and the PRB.


Books by Tony Riches include:

Queen Sacrifice (Novel set in 10th Century Wales)

Atlantis - The Final Space Shuttle Mission

Agile Project Management For Busy Managers

Terra Nova: Antarctic Voyager

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very short, little practical information 21 Feb 2013
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Very high level ideas, much as I would expect in a short PM article rather than in something helpful. This type of stuff is aailable for no charge on many non-peer-reviewed internet sites. Don't waste your 1.29.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, quick and easy read 20 April 2013
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Really happy to have read this. Only took me one night to get through it but its briefness is simply due to its concise and 'this is what you need to know' approach.
I would really recommend this to any one interested getting onto the Agile ladder and would like to avoid the heavy going 'exam/text book' approach to learning.
It is sometimes hard to know where to start with stuff, so my advise would be to start here!
I would also recommend following Tony Riches on Twitter for even more golden nuggets of learning!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy 2 April 2013
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This book has helped me to gain an insight into a different form of project management that I have not been exposed to previously. The book is short, concise and informative. I would advise anyone to have a read through this book if you want to get a basic understanding of agile project management
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 12 Feb 2013
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Good High level information of the Agile methodology, and how it works, a good read to help you understand how it all works
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, brief overview 22 Jan 2013
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Easily digestible and gives a good insight to the logic and jargon involved. He could have added a bit more detail to some of the jargon used though. An explanation of user stories for example would have prevented me having to look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction. 23 Dec 2013
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I feel that this is a good buy, it is an introduction and should be treated as such.

It give the basic details quickly so I would recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Concise and Well Written 3 Dec 2013
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This book promised an overview of the essentials of Agile Project Management and delivered what was promised. An excellent introduction.
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