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The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility (Agile Software Development)

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When software development teams move to agile methods, experienced project managers often struggle—doubtful about the new approach and uncertain about their new roles and responsibilities. In this book, two long-time certified Project Management Professionals (PMPRs) and Scrum trainers have built a bridge to this dynamic new paradigm. They show experienced project managers how to successfully transition to agile by refocusing on facilitation and collaboration, not “command and control.”

 

The authors begin by explaining how agile works: how it differs from traditional “plan-driven” methodologies, the benefits it promises, and the real-world results it delivers. Next, they systematically map the Project Management Institute’s classic, methodology-independent techniques and terminology to agile practices. They cover both process and project lifecycles and carefully address vital issues ranging from scope and time to cost management and stakeholder communication. Finally, drawing on their own extensive personal experience, they put a human face on your personal transition to agile--covering the emotional challenges, personal values, and key leadership traits you’ll need to succeed.

 

Coverage includes

  • Relating the PMBOKR Guide ideals to agile practices: similarities, overlaps, and differences
  • Understanding the role and value of agile techniques such as iteration/release planning and retrospectives
  • Using agile techniques to systematically and continually reduce risk
  • Implementing quality assurance (QA) where it belongs: in analysis, design, defect prevention, and continuous improvement
  • Learning to trust your teams and listen for their discoveries
  • Procuring, purchasing, and contracting for software in agile, collaborative environments
  • Avoiding the common mistakes software teams make in transitioning to agile
  • Coordinating with project management offices and non-agile teams
  • “Selling” agile within your teams and throughout your organization

For every project manager who wants to become more agile.

 

Part I    An Agile Overview 7

Chapter 1    What is "Agile"? 9

Chapter 2    Mapping from the PMBOKR Guide to Agile 25

Chapter 3    The Agile Project Lifecycle in Detail 37

Part II    The Bridge: Relating PMBOKR Guide Practices to Agile Practices 49

Chapter 4    Integration Management 51

Chapter 5    Scope Management 67

Chapter 6    Time Management 83

Chapter 7    Cost Management 111

Chapter 8    Quality Management 129

Chapter 9    Human Resources Management 143

Chapter 10    Communications Management 159

Chapter 11    Risk Management 177

Chapter 12    Procurement Management 197

Part III    Crossing the Bridge to Agile 215

Chapter 13    How Will My Responsibilities Change? 217

Chapter 14    How Will I Work with Other Teams Who Aren't Agile? 233

Chapter 15    How Can a Project Management Office Support Agile? 249

Chapter 16    Selling the Benefits of Agile 265

Chapter 17    Common Mistakes 285

Appendix A    Agile Methodologies 295

Appendix B    Agile Artifacts 301

Glossary 321

Bibliography 327

Index 333

Book News Annotation:

Sliger, a certified Project Management Professional and a consultant on agile adoption, shows experienced software project managers how to transition to agile methods by refocusing on facilitation and collaboration, not "command and control." She begins by examining how agile methods work, how they differ from traditional 'plan-driven' methods, and the real-world results they deliver. Next, she relates agile practices to corresponding concepts of the methodology- independent techniques and terminology found in the third edition of the Project Management Institute's (PMI's) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). She also touches on the softer skills of being an agent of change, such as role changes, working with other teams that aren't agile, and selling the benefits of agile methods. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Michele Sliger has extensive experience in agile software development, having transitioned to Scrum and XP practices in 2000 after starting her career following the traditional waterfall approach. A self-described “bridge builder,” her passion lies in helping those in traditional software development environments cross the bridge to agility. Michele is the owner of Sliger Consulting Inc., where she consults with businesses ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, helping teams with their agile adoption, and helping organizations prepare for the changes that agile adoption brings. A frequent conference speaker and regular contributor to software industry publications, Michele is a strong advocate of agile principles and value-driven development practices. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMPR) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). She has an undergraduate MIS degree and an MBA. When not working, Michele volunteers as a grief facilitator for teens at Judi’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one.

Stacia Broderick has worked as a project manager for fifteen years, the last eight in software development. She was fortunate to be helped across the bridge under the mentorship of Ken Schwaber while working for Primavera Systems in 2003 and ever since has helped hundreds of teams the world over embrace the principles of and transition to an agile way of creating products. Stacia founded her company, AgileEvolution, Inc., in 2006 based on the belief that agile practices present a humane, logical way for teams and companies to deliver products. Stacia is a Certified Scrum Trainer as well as a PMPR, a mix that proves valuable when assisting organizations’ transition from traditional to modern practices. Stacia enjoys running, playing classical violin, and spending time with her family.

Table of Contents

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxiii

About the Authors xxv

Introduction 1

Part I              An Agile Overview 7

Chapter 1         What is "Agile"? 9

Chapter 2         Mapping from the PMBOKR Guide to Agile 25

Chapter 3         The Agile Project Lifecycle in Detail 37

Part II            The Bridge: Relating PMBOKR Guide Practices to Agile Practices 49

Chapter 4         Integration Management 51

Chapter 5         Scope Management 67

Chapter 6         Time Management 83

Chapter 7         Cost Management 111

Chapter 8         Quality Management 129

Chapter 9         Human Resources Management 143

Chapter 10       Communications Management 159

Chapter 11       Risk Management 177

Chapter 12       Procurement Management 197

Part III            Crossing the Bridge to Agile 215

Chapter 13       How Will My Responsibilities Change? 217

Chapter 14       How Will I Work with Other Teams Who Aren't Agile? 233

Chapter 15       How Can a Project Management Office Support Agile? 249

Chapter 16       Selling the Benefits of Agile 265

Chapter 17       Common Mistakes 285

Appendix A     Agile Methodologies 295

Appendix B    Agile Artifacts 301

Glossary 321

Bibliography 327

Index 333

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321502759
Author:
Sliger, Michele
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Author:
Broderick, Stacia
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Computer software
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Project management
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Computer software -- Development -- Management.
Subject:
agile software development
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Agile Software Development Series
Publication Date:
July 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.18x7.28x.78 in. 1.39 lbs.

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