Agile Project Management For Dummies Paperback – 20 Apr 2012
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From the Back Cover
Rev up your software development with a faster, more flexible approach
When 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 approach
Putting the pieces into place dive under the umbrella of agile approaches, create the physical environment, and establish the roles on your team
Time to go to work build your skills in agile planning, creating a product roadmap, scheduling releases, planning iterations, and preparing for the launch
Building your project management skills learn how to manage everything from scope, time, and cost to team dynamics, quality, and risk
Ensuring success recruit the right members for your team and follow the key steps to make agile work in your organization
Open the book and find:
Why agile techniques work better than historical approaches
Overviews of lean, extreme programming, and scrum
Steps for putting agile into action
Ways to define product vision and features
How to plan releases and sprints
Methods for managing scope and procurement
How to simplify and increase project reporting
Tips for creating an environment that works for agile
Complete software projects in weeks instead of months
Use agile techniques to reduce risk and leverage core benefits
Turn agile theory into practice
Avoid common pitfalls
About the Author
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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I don't know if it's common to all the 'Dummies' books but this is NOT a great read
Far too much repetition, in fact the book is probably less than a sixth the size it looks if you remove the repetition
Maybe that's how some people learn ..
But for me it's easier to read a concise book many times rather than one that repeats over and over (oh .. and over ) again
Maybe it's the repetition that makes it such a dull monotone read as well ..
not enough 'high points' of interest .. just a general 'noise' of agile buzz words
It's not all bad though ..I'm NOT a fan of the style .. but it DOES have good info buried in there ..
(but I think there's probably better references out there)
If you want to gain a quick understanding of what is needed, this is the book for you. If you want to get a deep understanding -- surprisingly, this is also the book for you. It manages to do both very well. It skips on a lot of analytical details and gets you to the heart of what you need quickly.
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