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Authors: Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick
ISBN-13: 9780321502759, ISBN-10: 0321502752
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Date Published: June 2008
Edition: 1st Edition

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Author Biography: Michele Sliger

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 ScrumTrainer 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.

Book Synopsis

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

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

 

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