Agile Project Management Creating Innovative Products

ISBN-10: 0321219775
ISBN-13: 9780321219770
Edition: 2004
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Description: Software project managers are often confronted with challenging projects that require innovation, creativity, and adaptability. An agile approach could provide the answer for these project managers, but they have never had a resource for addressing  More...

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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date: 4/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Software project managers are often confronted with challenging projects that require innovation, creativity, and adaptability. An agile approach could provide the answer for these project managers, but they have never had a resource for addressing the subtleties of managing an agile project. Jim Highsmith is a renowned consultant, Jolt Award-winning author, and one of the leaders of the agile software development community. He is uniquely qualified to present this material. Any project manager who has heard the buzz, but has worried about the seeming lack of process associated with agile methods, will want to read this book. Any manager wanting to transition from traditional to agile methods will want to use this book as a resource.

Preface
Introduction
The Agile Revolution
Innovative Product Development Reliable Innovation
Continuous Innovation
Product Adaptability
Reduced Delivery Schedules
People and Process Adaptability
Reliable Results
Core Agile Values
Responding to Change
Working Products
Customer Collaboration
Individuals and Interactions
Agile Project Management
Agility Defined
The APM Framework
Thriving in a Chaordic World
Our Journey
Guiding Principles: Customers and Products
Herman and Maya
The Guiding Principles of Agile Project Management
Deliver Customer Value
Innovation and Adaptability
Planning and Control to Execution
Delivery versus Compliance
Employ Iterative, Feature-Based Delivery
Creating a Better Product
Producing Earlier Benefits
Progressive Risk Reduction
Champion Technical Excellence
Customers and Products
Guiding Principles: Leadership-Collaboration Management
Management Style
The Business of APM
Reliable, Not Repeatable
Progress Reporting
Leadership-Collaboration Management
Encourage Exploration
Shared Space
Encouragement Isn't Enough
Build Adaptive (Self-Organizing, Self-Disciplined) Teams
Getting the Right People
Articulating the Product Vision
Encouraging Interaction
Participatory Decision Making
Insisting on Accountability
Steering, Not Controlling
Self-Discipline
Simplify
Generative Rules
Barely Sufficient Methodology
Principles to Practices
An Agile Project Management Model
Principles and Practices
An Agile Process Framework
Phase: Envision
Phase: Speculate
Phase: Explore
Phase: Adapt
Phase: Close
Judgment Required
Project Size
Agile Practices
The Envision Phase
Get the Right People
Phase: Envision
Practice: Product Vision Box and Elevator Test Statement
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Product Architecture
Objective
Discussion
Guiding Principles
Practice: Project Data Sheet
Objective
Discussion
Tradeoff Matrix
Exploration Factor
Practice: Get the Right People
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Participant Identification
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Customer Team-Developer Team Interface
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Process and Practice Tailoring
Objective
Discussion
Self-Organization Strategy
Process Framework Tailoring
Practice Selection and Tailoring
Early Planning
Envision Summary
The Speculate Phase
Scope Evolution
Phase: Speculate
Practice: Product Feature List
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Feature Cards
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Performance Requirements Cards
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Release, Milestone, and Iteration Plan
Objective
Discussion
Iteration 0
Iterations 1-N
Next Iteration Plan
First Feasible Deployment
Estimating
Scope Evolution
Risk Analysis and Mitigation
Speculate Summary
The Explore Phase
Individual Performance
Phase: Explore
Practice: Workload Management
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Low-Cost Change
Objective
Discussion
Technical Debt
Simple Design
Frequent Integration
Ruthless Testing
Opportunistic Refactoring
Practice: Coaching and Team Development
Objective
Discussion
Focusing the Team on Delivering Results
Molding a Group of Individuals into a Team
Developing Each Individual's Capabilities
Providing the Team with Required Resources and Removing Roadblocks
Coaching the Customers
Orchestrating Team Rhythm
Practice: Daily Team Integration Meetings
Objective
Discussion
Practice: Participatory Decision Making
Objective
Discussion
Decision Framing
Decision Making
Decision Retrospection
Leadership and Decision Making
Set- and Delay-Based Decision Making
Practice: Daily Interaction with the Customer Team
Objective
Discussion
Stakeholder Coordination
Explore Summary
The Adapt and Close Phases
Progress
Phase: Adapt
Practice: Product, Project, and Team Review and Adaptive Action
Objective
Discussion
Customer Focus Groups
Technical Reviews
Team Performance Evaluations
Project Status Reports
Adaptive Action
Phase: Close
Adapt and Close Summary
Building Large Adaptive Teams
An Achilles' Heel?
The Scaling Challenge
A Scaled Adaptive Framework
A Hub Organizational Structure
Self-Organization Extensions
Team Self-Discipline
The Commitment-Accountability Protocol
Is It Working?
Structure and Tools
Summary
Reliable Innovation
The Agile Vision
The Changing Face of New Product Development
Agile People and Processes Deliver Agile Products
Implementing the Vision
Reliable Innovation
The Value-Adding Project Manager
Conviction
Bibliography
Index

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