1st Edition

Agile for Project Managers

ISBN 9781482244984
Published February 24, 2015 by Auerbach Publications
240 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

USD $74.95

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Book Description

Agile project management is a proven approach for designing and delivering software with improved value to customers. Agility is all about self-directed teams, feedback, light documentation, and working software with shorter development cycles.

The role of the project manager with agile differs significantly from traditional project management in that there is minimal up-front planning. Agile for Project Managers will help project managers from any industry transition to agile project management.

The book examines the project management component of agility, concentrating on industry standards, certifications, and being agile. It also compares agile methods to traditional project management methods throughout to provide readers with a clear understanding of the differences between the two.

The book’s focus is in alignment with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) credential—making it an ideal resource for anyone preparing for the PMI-ACP® exam. Coverage includes:

  • Agile as a project management methodology
  • Agile teams
  • Agile tools and techniques
  • Flavors of agile
  • Agile principles
  • Agile certifications

The book provides readers with the understanding required to decide which projects will benefit from agile. It also includes information that can help readers to assess their organizations’ readiness for agile methods.

Complete with a list of agile training providers, the book will help certified project managers make a smooth transition to agile project management and will provide newcomers with the basic knowledge needed to pass the PMI-ACP® exam, the first time around.

Table of Contents

What Exactly Is Agile?
Agile Is Faster
Agile Changes Are Inherent
Agile Is Value-Focused
Agile Is Risk-Focused
Agile Methods Support the Delivery of High-Quality
Agile Manifesto
Traditional Project Management
Moving to Agile
Chapter Summary

Agile Concepts
Agile Values
Agile Guiding Principles
Declaration of Interdependence
Chapter Summary

The Most Popular Agile Methods
Scrum Overview
Scrum Transparency
Iterative and Incremental Development
Scrum Management and Leadership Styles
Scrum Roles and Responsibilities
Product Owner
Scrum Team
Scrum Planning
Core Values of Scrum
Sprint Artifacts (Deliverables)
Product Vision
Prioritized Product Backlog
Sprint Goal
Sprint Backlog
Blocks List
Sprint (Product) Increment
Sprint Burndown Chart
Scrum Board
Recap of Scrum
Extreme Programming (XP) Overview
XP Core Values
XP Roles and Responsibilities
XP Core Practices
Recap of XP
Chapter Summary

Agile Tools
Agile Project Management Tools
Tools Review and Analysis Process
Agile Automated Tools
Build Automation Tools
Collaboration Tools
Task Boards
Chapter Summary

Agile Stakeholder Engagement
Traditional Stakeholder Management
Agile Stakeholder Management Concepts
The Right People
Stakeholder Management
Vendor Management
Ensuring Stakeholder Engagement
Stakeholder Tools and Techniques
Agile Modeling
Website Wireframe
User Stories
Stakeholder Communications Management
Information Displays
Chapter Summary

Agile Documentation?
Agile Documentation Best Practices
Selecting What to Document
Stable Information
Simple Documentation
Minimal Document Overlap
Proper Place for Documents
Publicly Displayed Information
Create Documentation with a Purpose
Focus on Customer Needs
Let the Customer Determine Document Value
Iterative Documentation
Better Ways to Communicate
Current Documents
When to Update Documents
Documentation Requirements
Require Justification for Documentation
Required Documentation
Writing Experience Required
Chapter Summary

Agile Tracking and Reporting
Earned Value on Agile Projects
Cumulative Flow Diagrams
Work in Progress (WIP)
Chapter Summary

Agile Project Management Process
Agile Project Management
Project Feasibility
Create Business Case
Project Vision
Agile Project Initiation
Create Agile Charter
Assign Project Staff
Develop Project Backlog
Create Estimates
Affinity Estimation
Cost Estimation
Develop Road Map with Story Mapping
Plan Release
Breakdown Epics
Estimate Stories with Poker Planning
Create Release Plan
Iteration 0
Architectural Spikes
Prepare for Iteration 1 during Iteration 0
Iteration Planning 1–N (Where N Is the Total Number of Iterations in a Release)
Iteration R
Execute Acceptance Tests
Create Test Cases
Execute Automated Testing
Definition of "Done"
Answer Client’s Questions for Sign-Off
Prepare Stories for Next Iteration
Daily Standup Meeting
Update Burndown/Burnup Charts
Iteration Retrospective
Close-Out Actions
Chapter Summary

Agile Value
Calculating Value
Plan Value
Adaptability and Value
Adaptive Planning
Agile versus Traditional Changes
Minimally Marketable Features
Tailoring and Value
Deliver Value
Using Software or Task Boards to Deliver Value
Analyzing and Determining Value
Value Prioritization
Confirm Value
Track and Report Value
Chapter Summary

Agile Risk Management
Mitigating Risks with Agile Methods
Risk Management for Agile versus Traditional Project Management
Chapter Summary

Agile People Skills
Addressing and Resolving Conflict
Utilizing Emotional Intelligence
Conducting Effective Meetings
Embracing Diversity
Leading and Managing Effectively
Adaptive Leadership
Servant Leadership
Embodying the PMI Code of Ethics
Chapter Summary

Agile Teams
Agile Team Characteristics
Agile Team Magic
Collaborative Agile Games
Agile Team Size
Motivating the Agile Team
Aligning the Agile Team
Coaching the Agile Team
Problem Resolution
Problem Detection
Cycle Time
V & V
Continuous Integration
Problem Solving
Chapter Summary

Agile Certifications
Project Management Institute Agile Certified
Practitioner (PMI‑ACP)
Scrum Alliance Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach (CSC)
Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)
Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)
SCRUMstudy Scrum Developer Certified (SDC)
SCRUMstudy ScrumMaster Certified (SMC)
SCRUMstudy Agile Expert Certified (AEC)
SCRUMstudy Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC)
SCRUMstudy Expert ScrumMaster (ESM)

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Denise Canty is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), a Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). She holds three degrees from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC):

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), 2013
  • Master of Science in IT Project Management (MS), 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BS), 1998

Canty has over 20 years of experience in information technology. She has resided in the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1986.