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Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (Agile Software Development)

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Publisher Comments:

Foreword by Israel Gat

 

The Agile Software Development Series

Cockburn • Highsmith

Series Editors

 

Creating Innovative Products

 

Software Development/Agile

 

Best practices for managing projects in agile environments–now updated with new techniques for larger projects

 

Today, the pace of project management moves faster. Project management needs to become more flexible and far more responsive to customers. Using Agile Project Management (APM), project managers can achieve all these goals without compromising value, quality, or business discipline. In Agile Project Management, Second Edition, renowned agile pioneer Jim Highsmith thoroughly updates his classic guide to APM, extending and refining it to support even the largest projects and organizations.

 

Writing for project leaders, managers, and executives at all levels, Highsmith integrates the best project management, product management, and software development practices into an overall framework designed to support unprecedented speed and mobility. The many topics added in this new edition include incorporating agile values, scaling agile projects, release planning, portfolio governance, and enhancing organizational agility. Project and business leaders will especially appreciate Highsmith’s new coverage of promoting agility through performance measurements based on value, quality, and constraints.

 

This edition’s coverage includes:

  • Understanding the agile revolution’s impact on product development
  • Recognizing when agile methods will work in project management, and when they won’t
  • Setting realistic business objectives for Agile Project Management
  •  Promoting agile values and principles across the organization
  • Utilizing a proven Agile Enterprise Framework that encompasses governance, project and iteration management, and technical practices
  • Optimizing all five stages of the agile project: Envision, Speculate, Explore, Adapt, and Close
  • Organizational and product-related processes for scaling agile to the largest projects and teams
  • Agile project governance solutions for executives and management
  •  The “Agile Triangle”: measuring performance in ways that encourage agility instead of discouraging it
  • The changing role of the agile project leader

 

Jim Highsmith is a founding member of the AgileAlliance,

co-author of the Agile Manifesto, and director of the Agile Project Management Advisory Service for

the Cutter Consortium. He consults with development organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Japan, India, and New Zealand on accelerating development in today’s increasingly complex, uncertain environments. Highsmith is author of Adaptive Software Development, winner of the 2000 Jolt Award, and (with Alistair Cockburn) co-editor of The Agile Software Development Series. He has more than 25 years’ experience as an IT manager, product manager, project manager, consultant, and software developer.

 

 

 

 

Book News Annotation:

Going beyond software development, this book describes how a variety of projects can be better managed by applying agile principles and practices. The author outlines the five phases in the agile process management framework—envision, speculate, explore, adapt, and close—then identifies specific practices for each phase that align with the agile values and guiding principles.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Please note - there is now a second edition of this book available, with the ISBN of 0321658396.

“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

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

Synopsis:

“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 weve 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 its 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. Jims 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 isnt 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 fields 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 managers 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 projects “ecosystem”
  • Which projects will benefit from APM—and which wont
  • APMs 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.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1. The Agile Revolution.

Innovative Product Development.

Reliable Innovation.

Continuous Innovation.

Product Adaptability.

Reduced Delivery Schedules.

People and Process Adaptability.

Reliable Results.

Core Agile Values.

Responding to Change.

Working Products.

Customer Collaboration.

Individuals and Interactions.

Agile Project Management.

Agility Defined.

The APM Framework.

Thriving in a Chaordic World.

Our Journey.

2. Guiding Principles: Customers and Products.

Herman and Maya.

The Guiding Principles of Agile Project Management.

Deliver Customer Value.

Innovation and Adaptability.

Planning and Control to Execution.

Delivery versus Compliance.

Employ Iterative, Feature-Based Delivery.

Creating a Better Product.

Producing Earlier Benefits.

Progressive Risk Reduction.

Champion Technical Excellence.

Customers and Products.

3. Guiding Principles: Leadership-Collaboration Management.

Management Style.

The Business of APM.

Reliable, Not Repeatable.

Progress Reporting.

Leadership-Collaboration Management.

Encourage Exploration.

Shared Space.

Encouragement Isn't Enough.

Build Adaptive (Self-Organizing, Self-Disciplined) Teams.

Getting the Right People.

Articulating the Product Vision.

Encouraging Interaction.

Participatory Decision Making.

Insisting on Accountability.

Steering, Not Controlling.

Self-Discipline.

Simplify.

Generative Rules.

Barely Sufficient Methodology.

Principles to Practices.

4. An Agile Project Management Model.

Principles and Practices.

An Agile Process Framework.

Phase: Envision.

Phase: Speculate.

Phase: Explore.

Phase: Adapt.

Phase: Close.

Judgment Required.

Project Size.

Agile Practices.

5. The Envision Phase.

Get the Right People.

Phase: Envision.

Practice: Product Vision Box and Elevator Test Statement.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Product Architecture.

Objective.

Discussion.

Guiding Principles.

Practice: Project Data Sheet.

Objective.

Discussion.

Tradeoff Matrix.

Exploration Factor.

Practice: Get the Right People.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Participant Identification.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Customer Team-Developer Team Interface.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Process and Practice Tailoring.

Objective.

Discussion.

Self-Organization Strategy.

Process Framework Tailoring.

Practice Selection and Tailoring.

Early Planning.

Envision Summary.

6: The Speculate Phase.

Scope Evolution.

Phase: Speculate.

Practice: Product Feature List.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Feature Cards.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Performance Requirements Cards.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Release, Milestone, and Iteration Plan.

Objective.

Discussion.

Iteration 0.

Iterations 1-N.

Next Iteration Plan.

First Feasible Deployment.

Estimating.

Scope Evolution.

Risk Analysis and Mitigation.

Speculate Summary.

7. The Explore Phase.

Individual Performance.

Phase: Explore.

Practice: Workload Management.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Low-Cost Change.

Objective.

Discussion.

Technical Debt.

Simple Design.

Frequent Integration.

Ruthless Testing.

Opportunistic Refactoring.

Practice: Coaching and Team Development.

Objective.

Discussion.

Focusing the Team on Delivering Results.

Molding a Group of Individuals into a Team.

Developing Each Individual's Capabilities.

Providing the Team with Required Resources and Removing Roadblocks.

Coaching the Customers.

Orchestrating Team Rhythm.

Practice: Daily Team Integration Meetings.

Objective.

Discussion.

Practice: Participatory Decision Making.

Objective.

Discussion.

Decision Framing.

Decision Making.

Decision Retrospection.

Leadership and Decision Making.

Set- and Delay-Based Decision Making.

Practice: Daily Interaction with the Customer Team.

Objective.

Discussion.

Stakeholder Coordination.

Explore Summary.

8. The Adapt and Close Phases.

Progress.

Phase: Adapt.

Practice: Product, Project, and Team Review and Adaptive Action.

Objective.

Discussion.

Customer Focus Groups.

Technical Reviews.

Team Performance Evaluations.

Project Status Reports.

Adaptive Action.

Phase: Close.

Adapt and Close Summary.

9. Building Large Adaptive Teams.

An Achilles' Heel?

The Scaling Challenge.

A Scaled Adaptive Framework.

A Hub Organizational Structure.

Self-Organization Extensions.

Team Self-Discipline.

The Commitment-Accountability Protocol.

Is It Working?

Structure and Tools.

Summary.

10. Reliable Innovation.

The Agile Vision.

The Changing Face of New Product Development.

Agile People and Processes Deliver Agile Products.

Implementing the Vision.

Reliable Innovation.

The Value-Adding Project Manager.

Conviction.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321219770
Subtitle:
Creating Innovative Products
Other:
Highsmith, Jim
Author:
Highsmith, Jim
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Location:
Boston, MA
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Computer software
Subject:
Software engineering
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Agile software development - Management
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Agile Software Development Series
Series Volume:
3210
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 7.38 x 0.672 in 519 gr

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Please note - there is now a second edition of this book available, with the ISBN of 0321658396.

“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

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

"Synopsis" by , “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 weve 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 its 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. Jims 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 isnt 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 fields 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 managers 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 projects “ecosystem”
  • Which projects will benefit from APM—and which wont
  • APMs 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

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