The book was sent for review, though I chose it amongst others. The book piqued my interest because project management and agile are considered contradictory ideas.
Published by Wiley, the book covers all aspects of agile and how its different from the traditional waterfall.
What it covers is:
- Provide a better understanding of what Agile is
- Talk about the roles and how they are different in Agile
- Take the main discussion points from PMBOK and explain how the same topic is looked in Agile
- Dedicates a chapter to Agile tool- about Version One specifically.
· The book is categorized into 4 main section:
§ Fundamentals of Agile
§ Agile Project Management
§ Making Agile Work for a Business
§ Enterprise Level Agile Frameworks
· Chapter 11 onwards, the discussion focuses more on understanding Agile at deeper level and subsequently talk about Scaling Agile, the concept of Agile Transformation and towards the end Frameworks
§ Managed Agile Development Framework
· The case studies brings in the how changes happen in reality, the challenges and how to overcome them.
· The added benefit is the glossary of terms, so someone very new to the concept of Agile doesn’t need to go through another book or web, but can simply get all the terminologies from right here.
Total No of pages
399 (including index)
Who should read this Book?
- Project Managers moving into Agile- This book is caters to both experienced and new project managers. Apart from explaining the concepts, the book talks in details about all aspects of traditional project management and its changing roles- from estimation to time management.
- Sponsors for Agile Transformation- The case studies are a great way to look into the challenges along with the scaling frameworks. While Agile tool has been discussed here, they are a lot many options available in the market.
- Managers interested in knowing the relevance of roles in Agile and how they are supposed to be handled- With self organizing Agile teams, the concern for management always lies in where does the existing roles fit in?
Why should you read this book?
Anyone interested to know where a project manager would fit in an Agile Organization can read this book. I have to say, the book is for someone who’s new to Agile, or has been working in traditional project management role for long.
What’s the price and where can I find it?
Who is the author?
Charles G. Cobb