Agile for Project Managers (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series)

Agile for Project Managers (Best Practices and Advances in Program Management Series)

By: Denise Canty (author)Hardback

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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(R)) Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP(R)) credential-making it an ideal resource for anyone preparing for the PMI-ACP(R) 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(R) exam, the first time around.

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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.


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 Products Agile Manifesto Traditional Project Management Moving to Agile Chapter Summary Agile Concepts Agile Values Recap Agile Guiding Principles Declaration of Interdependence Chapter Summary The Most Popular Agile Methods Scrum Overview Scrum Transparency Adaptation Inspection Iterative and Incremental Development Time-Boxing Collaboration Self-Organization Scrum Management and Leadership Styles Scrum Roles and Responsibilities Product Owner ScrumMaster Scrum Team Scrum Planning Sprints 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 Customer Developer Tracker Coach 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 Cameras 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 Personas 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 Coding 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 Listening Negotiating 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 Collaboration Collaborative Agile Games Communication Commitment Agile Team Size Motivating the Agile Team Aligning the Agile Team Coaching the Agile Team Problem Resolution Problem Detection Cycle Time Quality 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)

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/03/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781482244984
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781482244984
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 1482244985

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