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Agile for Project Managers

1st Edition

By Denise Canty

Auerbach Publications

240 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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)

About the Author/Editor

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.

About the Series

Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Manufacturing Industries
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology