Agile Project Management for Dummies

ISBN-10: 1118026241

ISBN-13: 9781118026243

Edition: 2012

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Be flexible and faster with Agile project management As mobile and Web technologies continue to evolve rapidly, there is added pressure to develop and implement software projects in weeks instead of months. Agile Project Management can make that happen. This is the first book to provide a simple, step-by-step guide to Agile Project Management approaches, tools, and techniques. With the fast pace of mobile and Web technology development, software project development must keep pace; Agile Project Management enables developers to complete and implement projects more quickly Offers a practical context for understanding and applying Agile techniques, moving from theory into actual practice Explains when to use Agile and how to avoid common pitfalls Written by experts who know how to apply the principles in real-world situations Agile Project Management For Dummies enables you to understand and apply Agile principles for faster, more accurate development.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Introduction
About This Book
Foolish Assumptions
Conventions Used in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Understanding Agile
Being Agile
Working in Agile
Managing in Agile
Ensuring Agile Success
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Understanding Agile
Modernizing Project Management
Project Management Needed Makeover
The origins of modern project management
The problem with the status quo
Introducing Agile Project Management
How agile projects work
Why agile projects work better
The Agile Manifesto and Principles
Understanding the Agile Manifesto
Outlining the Four Values of the Agile Manifesto
Value 1: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Value 2: Working software over comprehensive documentation
Value 3: Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Value 4: Responding to change over following a plan
Defining the 12 Agile Principles
Agile principles of customer satisfaction
Agile principles of quality
Agile principles of teamwork
Agile principles of project management
Adding the Platinum Principles
Resisting formality
Thinking and acting as a team
Visualizing rather than writing
Changes as a Result of Agile
The Agile Litmus Test
Why Agile Works Better
Evaluating Agile Benefits
How Agile Approaches Beat Historical Approaches
Greater flexibility and stability
Reduced nonproductive tasks
Higher quality, delivered faster
Improved team performance
Tighter project control
Faster and less costly failure
Why People Like Agile
Executives
Product development and customers
Management
Development teams
Being Agile
Agile Frameworks
Diving Under the Umbrella of Agile Approaches
Reviewing the Big Three: Lean, Extreme Programming, and Scrum
An overview of lean
An overview of extreme programming
An overview of scrum
Putting It All Together
Putting Agile into Action: The Environment
Creating the Physical Environment
Collocating the team
Setting up a dedicated area
Removing distractions
Going mobile
Low-Tech Communicating
High-Tech Communicating
Choosing Tools
The purpose of the tool
Organizational and compatibility constraints
Putting Agile into Action: The Behaviors
Establishing Agile Roles
Development team
Product owner
Scrum master
Stakeholders
Agile mentor
Establishing New Values
Commitment
Focus
Openness
Respect
Courage
Changing Team Philosophy
Cross-functionality
Self-organization
Self-management
Size-limited teams
Mature behavior
Working in Agile
Defining the Product Vision and Product Roadmap
Planning in Agile
Planning as necessary
Inspect and adapt
Defining the Product Vision
Step 1: Developing the product objective
Step 2: Creating a draft vision statement
Step 3: Validating and revising the vision statement
Step 4: Finalizing the vision statement
Creating a Product Roadmap
Step 1: Identifying product requirements
Step 2: Arranging product features
Step 3: Estimating and ordering the product's features
Step 4: Determining high-level time frames
Saving your work
Planning Releases and Sprints
Refining Requirements and Estimates
What is a user story?
Steps to create a user story
Breaking down requirements
Estimation poker
Affinity estimating
Release Planning
Completing the product backlog
Creating the release plan
Sprint Planning
The sprint backlog
The sprint planning meeting
Working Through the Day
Planning the Day: The Daily Scrum
Tracking Progress
The sprint backlog
The task board
Agile Roles Within the Sprint
Creating Shippable Functionality
Elaborating
Developing
Verifying
Identifying roadblocks
The End of the Day
Showcasing Work and Incorporating Feedback
The Sprint Review
Preparing to demonstrate
The sprint review meeting
Collecting feedback in the sprint review meeting
The Sprint Retrospective
Planning for retrospectives
The retrospective meeting
Inspecting and adapting
Preparing for Release
Preparing the Product for Deployment: The Release Sprint
Preparing the Organization for Product Deployment
Preparing the Marketplace for Product Deployment
Managing in Agile.
Managing Scope and Procurement
What's Different About Scope in Agile
How to Manage Scope in Agile
Understanding scope throughout the project
Introducing scope changes
Managing scope changes
Using agile artifacts for scope management
What's Different About Procurement in Agile
How to Manage Procurement in Agile
Determining need and selecting a vendor
Contracts and cost approaches for services
Organizational considerations for procurement
Working with a vendor
Closing a contract
Managing Time and Cost
What's Different About Time in Agile
How to Manage Time in Agile
Introducing velocity
Monitoring and adjusting velocity
Managing scope changes from a time perspective
Managing time by using multiple teams
Using agile artifacts for time management
What's Different About Cost in Agile
How to Manage Cost in Agile
Creating an initial budget
Creating a self-funding project
Using velocity to determine long-range costs
Using agile artifacts for cost management
Managing Team Dynamics and Communication
What's Different About Team Dynamics in Agile
How to Manage Team Dynamics in Agile
Becoming self-managing and self-organizing
Supporting the team: The servant-leader
Working with a dedicated team
Working with a cross-functional team
Establishing an agile environment
Limiting development team size
Managing projects with dislocated teams
What's Different About Communication in Agile
How to Manage Communication in Agile
Understanding agile communication methods
Status and progress reporting
Managing Quality and Risk
What's Different About Quality in Agile
How to Manage Quality in Agile
Quality and the sprint
Proactive quality
Quality through regular inspecting and adapting
Automated testing
What's Different About Risk in Agile
How to Manage Risk in Agile
Reducing risk inherently
Identifying, prioritizing, and responding to risks
Ensuring Agile Success
Building a Foundation
Commitment of the Organization and of Individuals
Organizational commitment
Individual commitment
How to get commitment
Will it be possible to make the transition?
What is the best timing for moving to agile?
Choosing the Right Project Team Members
The development team
The scrum master
The product owner
The agile champion
The agile mentor
The project stakeholders
Creating an Environment That Works for Agile
Support Agile Initially and Over Time
Being a Change Agent
Making Agile Work in Your Organization
Step 1: Conduct an implementation strategy
Step 2: Establish a transformation team
Step 3: Build awareness and excitement
Step 4: Identify a pilot project
Step 5: Identify success metrics
Step 6: Train sufficiently
Step 7: Develop a product strategy
Step 8: Develop the product roadmap, the product backlog, and estimates
Step 9: Running your first sprint
Step 10: Make mistakes, gather feedback, and improve
Step 11: Mature
Step 12: Scale virally
Avoiding Pitfalls
Questions to Prevent Problems
The Part of Tens
Ten Key Benefits of Agile Project Management
Better Product Quality
Higher Customer Satisfaction
Higher Team Morale
Increased Collaboration and Ownership
Customized Team Structures
More Relevant Metrics
Improved Performance Visibility
Increased Project Control
Improved Project Predictability
Reduced Risk
Ten Key Metrics for Agile Project Management
Sprint Goal Success Rates
Defects
Total Project Duration
Time to Market
Total Project Cost
Return on Investment
New Requests Within ROI Budgets
Capital Redeployment
Satisfaction Surveys
Team Member Turnover
Ten Key Resources for Agile Project Management
Agile Project Management For Dummies Online Cheat Sheet
The Agile Alliance
The Scrum Alliance
The Project Management Institute Agile Community
Agile Leadership Network
Scrum Development Yahoo! Group
InfoQ
Lean Essays
What Is Extreme Programming?
Platinum Edge
Index
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