Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (Agile Software Development) Paperback – 6 Apr 2004
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From the Back Cover
“Jim Highsmith is one of a few modern writers who are helping us understand the new nature of work in the knowledge economy.”
―Rob Austin, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
“This is the project management book we’ve all been waiting for―the book that effectively combines Agile methods and rigorous project management. Not only does this book help us make sense of project management in this current world of iterative, incremental Agile methods, but it’s an all-around good read!”
―Lynne Ellen, Sr. VP & CIO, DTE Energy
“Finally a book that reconciles the passion of the Agile Software movement with the needed disciplines of project management. Jim’s book has provided a service to all of us.”
―Neville R(oy) Singham, CEO, ThoughtWorks, Inc.
“The world of product development is becoming more dynamic and uncertain. Many managers cope by reinforcing processes, adding documentation, or further honing costs. This isn’t working. Highsmith brilliantly guides us into an alternative that fits the times.”
―Preston G. Smith, principal, New Product Dynamics/coauthor, Developing Products in Half the Time
Now, one of the field’s leading experts brings together all the knowledge and resources you need to use APM in your next project. Jim Highsmith shows why APM should be in every manager’s toolkit, thoroughly addressing the questions project managers raise about Agile approaches. He systematically introduces the five-phase APM framework, then presents specific, proven tools for every project participant. Coverage includes:
- Six principles of Agile Project Management
- How to capitalize on emerging new product development technologies
- Putting customers at the center of your project, where they belong
- Creating adaptive teams that respond quickly to changes in your project’s “ecosystem”
- Which projects will benefit from APM―and which won’t
- APM’s five phases: Envision, Speculate, Explore, Adapt, Close
- APM practices, including the Product Vision Box and Project Data Sheet
- Leveraging your PMI skills in Agile environments
- Scaling APM to larger projects and teams
- For every project manager, team leader, and team member
About the Author
JIM HIGHSMITH is Director, Agile Project Management Practice, and Fellow, Business Technology Council at Cutter Consortium. He is also a Member of the Software Development Productivity Council, Flashline, Inc. Highsmith authored Adaptive Software Development, which won the prestigious Jolt award for excellence, and Agile Software Development Ecosystems (Addison Wesley). A recognized leader in the Agile movement, he co-authored the Agile Manifesto and co-founded the Agile Alliance.
Top customer reviews
Whilst agile principles are quite simple, they require much discipline and skill to implement. Highsmith successfully conveys this as he discusses the human factors involved in managing teams of skilled people creating inovative products. The idea of reliable vs repeatable process is nicely expored which exposes many home truths that technical people have known for a long time, but their managers seem to overlook!
I must confess to getting a bit bored by the middle as Highsmith seemed to redescribe agile practices such as the product backlog, features and iterations but each with a kind of obscure slant that suggests he's proffering up something new; he is not.
If you're new to Agile and looking for a how-to-get-started, then this is not it. The lack of examples and non-specific narrative will leave you wondering what's it's all about. Instead I'd recommend Ken Schwaber's Project Management with Scrum. However, if you're an Agile pioneer in your organisation or you know agile and are looking to develop your agile awareness, then this makes a good - albeit long - read.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
So, now there is a name and guidance on how to do iterative (Agile) SW development.
Maybe this book will help others learn a better method before the pain of going over a waterfall in a barrel.
The agile approach is not a set of specific tools and techniques but an extremely effective strategy to use a carefully selected subset of them based on a powerful set of guiding principles.
The responsibility of managing the development of a new product suddenly fell upon me, and Jim Highsmith's book has given me abundant guidance and pointed at all right directions to face happily and confidently this new challenge. Besides leading us to review and improve all previous practices.
If you have only heard of the agile approach and want to know what is it about -which was my case- this book fulfils the expectations generously. And if you already have a good notion of APM, I believe that the orderly, deep and complete presentation of the subjects will definitely help to refresh the knowledge.
And if you are in the software development business and just want to do your job better, forget the name `agile' and read it. It explains valuable concepts such as exploration factor, technical debt, first feasible deployment, anticipation, adaptivity, opportunistic refactoring that are universally valuable.
It is most definitely a 5-star piece of literature.
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