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Flex your project management muscle Agile project management is a fast and flexible approach to managing all projects, not just software development. By learning the principles and techniques in this book, you'll be able to create a product roadmap, schedule projects, and prepare for product launches with the ease of Agile software developers. You'll discover how to manage Flex your project management muscle Agile project management is a fast and flexible approach to managing all projects, not just software development. By learning the principles and techniques in this book, you'll be able to create a product roadmap, schedule projects, and prepare for product launches with the ease of Agile software developers. You'll discover how to manage scope, time, and cost, as well as team dynamics, quality, and risk of every project. As mobile and web technologies continue to evolve rapidly, there is added pressure to develop and implement software projects in weeks instead of months—and Agile Project Management For Dummies can help you do just that. Providing a simple, step-by-step guide to Agile project management approaches, tools, and techniques, it shows product and project managers how to complete and implement projects more quickly than ever. Complete projects in weeks instead of months Reduce risk and leverage core benefits for projects Turn Agile theory into practice for all industries Effectively create an Agile environment Get ready to grasp and apply Agile principles for faster, more accurate development.


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Flex your project management muscle Agile project management is a fast and flexible approach to managing all projects, not just software development. By learning the principles and techniques in this book, you'll be able to create a product roadmap, schedule projects, and prepare for product launches with the ease of Agile software developers. You'll discover how to manage Flex your project management muscle Agile project management is a fast and flexible approach to managing all projects, not just software development. By learning the principles and techniques in this book, you'll be able to create a product roadmap, schedule projects, and prepare for product launches with the ease of Agile software developers. You'll discover how to manage scope, time, and cost, as well as team dynamics, quality, and risk of every project. As mobile and web technologies continue to evolve rapidly, there is added pressure to develop and implement software projects in weeks instead of months—and Agile Project Management For Dummies can help you do just that. Providing a simple, step-by-step guide to Agile project management approaches, tools, and techniques, it shows product and project managers how to complete and implement projects more quickly than ever. Complete projects in weeks instead of months Reduce risk and leverage core benefits for projects Turn Agile theory into practice for all industries Effectively create an Agile environment Get ready to grasp and apply Agile principles for faster, more accurate development.

30 review for Agile Project Management For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jan Bos

    Mark Layton explains agile clearly, including going into sufficient depth on the background. A personal experience: the book made me realise that an agile 'sprint' is just an iteration in the project making a functionality deliverable. It is meant to proceed at a more sustainable pace than the last weeks before the final deadline of a traditional waterfall project, hence the 'sprint' metaphor is poorly chosen (not by the author, so not criticism), but I guess 'lap' would have been less catchy. Mark Layton explains agile clearly, including going into sufficient depth on the background. A personal experience: the book made me realise that an agile 'sprint' is just an iteration in the project making a functionality deliverable. It is meant to proceed at a more sustainable pace than the last weeks before the final deadline of a traditional waterfall project, hence the 'sprint' metaphor is poorly chosen (not by the author, so not criticism), but I guess 'lap' would have been less catchy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

    I've purchased many "...for Dummies" books in the past but this is the first one I've actually read cover-to-cover. If you are familiar with the "...for Dummies" series, you know what you're going to get: a nuts and bolts, start with the basics, type of book. Having knowledge of and experience in the traditional waterfall project methodology for software development and delivery, I wanted to learn more about Agile Project Methodology but I wanted to make sure I started with a solid foundation. I I've purchased many "...for Dummies" books in the past but this is the first one I've actually read cover-to-cover. If you are familiar with the "...for Dummies" series, you know what you're going to get: a nuts and bolts, start with the basics, type of book. Having knowledge of and experience in the traditional waterfall project methodology for software development and delivery, I wanted to learn more about Agile Project Methodology but I wanted to make sure I started with a solid foundation. If your plan is the same as mine, this book fits the bill. It begins with background information (Ch. 1), then the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles (Ch. 2) and builds on that each chapter thereafter. Besides the key terms, definitions, project team roles, Agile in practice, etc.... this book delves into topics such as procurement, working with vendors, and project cost and budget considerations specific to Agile projects. If you read from cover-to-cover, you will notice some repetition in the book; intended for those who use the book as a reference - read a section here, chapter there, skip ahead. I didn't mind it. In fact, I used it to my learning advantage. I feel confident in what I have learned here, so much so, I feel I am ready to move on and tackle heftier Agile-specific topics

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anjar Priandoyo

    To some degree, I already use some of the agile principles in my job. One of the principles that I used is "the deliverables should be seen on the first day of the project, the second to the last day of the project is just confirming the deliverables". With this book I learn that to be successfully implemented those principles I need several concepts, again this the things that I already used for example "No makan tulang, in Indonesian proverb" means it transparency. The other principle that I f To some degree, I already use some of the agile principles in my job. One of the principles that I used is "the deliverables should be seen on the first day of the project, the second to the last day of the project is just confirming the deliverables". With this book I learn that to be successfully implemented those principles I need several concepts, again this the things that I already used for example "No makan tulang, in Indonesian proverb" means it transparency. The other principle that I found that a lot of projects is to fail. Longer duration and never-ending scope. These principles are also similar to agile principles. By the end of this book, I start to realize that many parts of the agile concept are invented as an answer to the current state of IT development. Currently, there is more customization of the package instead building a code from scratch. I also noted that shifting from an in-house developer to outsource developer. This is a new thing that we need to accept. The metric is simple, to be successful, we need to do anything we can to be there. If you do anything, basically you already implementing agile.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jay Waghray

    Does what is says on the box

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Filatov

    For someone already knowledgable in Scrum and Agile in general, this book does not provide much value other than repetition of the already known. In certain places the book feels like a chase for word count, by re-iterating what's already been said and that makes you want to skip ahead. The book is all about "the perfect scenario", but doesn't dig into the grit of things. For the complete beginner in Agile, this book is a bit too broad-stroked and might provide some insight into how Agile project For someone already knowledgable in Scrum and Agile in general, this book does not provide much value other than repetition of the already known. In certain places the book feels like a chase for word count, by re-iterating what's already been said and that makes you want to skip ahead. The book is all about "the perfect scenario", but doesn't dig into the grit of things. For the complete beginner in Agile, this book is a bit too broad-stroked and might provide some insight into how Agile projects work if you are open-minded enough and have an ability to absorb and understand new concepts by reading a few paragraphs. The book does tell you about concepts that have already been covered or will be covered, but for a beginner reader that would require reading the book twice. Once to just get an idea and twice to jump back and forward among the cross-references within the chapters. It's a decent read, but I was looking for something more detailed and nitty-gritty.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Ugh, this book was hard to get through. I admit that I was fully aware of many of the Agile concepts prior to cracking open this book. It was given to me at a project management event and opened it when I wanted to brush up on some terminology for an interview. The criminal sin of this book was how repetitive it was. He probably could have cut 100 pages if he said the information just once. And, while I know that this book was to teach about Agile, I felt like he was too much of a cheerleader. Th Ugh, this book was hard to get through. I admit that I was fully aware of many of the Agile concepts prior to cracking open this book. It was given to me at a project management event and opened it when I wanted to brush up on some terminology for an interview. The criminal sin of this book was how repetitive it was. He probably could have cut 100 pages if he said the information just once. And, while I know that this book was to teach about Agile, I felt like he was too much of a cheerleader. There are some situations for which Agile doesn't work. Layton went with a "don't do this things" instead of "this is a situation where Agile might not be the best methodology". In my perspective, Agile is a tool in your toolbox, like anything else and should be used appropriately but it is not meant to be the end all, be all, do all. Some good information but mostly just a frustrating read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elwin Kline

    Professional development read; work related. My first ever for Dummies book! I remember seeing these since I was a young child, filling rows of bookshelves at Barnes and Nobles with all sorts of various topics with their iconic yellow covers. Yet, I always seemed to avoid them for whatever reason and never gave them a chance. Working within an Agile environment and with folks who specialize in Project Management... this book was remarkably spot on. I wish I would have read this 9 months ago. Best Professional development read; work related. My first ever for Dummies book! I remember seeing these since I was a young child, filling rows of bookshelves at Barnes and Nobles with all sorts of various topics with their iconic yellow covers. Yet, I always seemed to avoid them for whatever reason and never gave them a chance. Working within an Agile environment and with folks who specialize in Project Management... this book was remarkably spot on. I wish I would have read this 9 months ago. Best of all, I actually enjoyed reading this and it was not a painful pro-def type book in anyway. This book was so good, I could easily see myself buying a hardcopy or reading again a second time. It also has a 'cheat sheet' pdf that coincides with the material that is an awesome reference as well that I will definitely be reviewing! If you have anything to do with Agile or Project Management, or want to... I highly recommend this book. With the high quality of information and fun/effective presentation provided within this... I foresee more for Dummies books in my future!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lex Redding

    A great introduction to agile project management methodologies.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aleksei Petrov

    Perfect introduction into agile project management. This book is not so detailed and a little bit repetitive, but it's totally ok. Perfect introduction into agile project management. This book is not so detailed and a little bit repetitive, but it's totally ok.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Jaye

    Pretty good intro to Agile The the last quarter of the book is mostly repetitive , but still a good intro to the world of Agile.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Smkelly

    Good starter for those wanting understand Agile Project Management framework.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Great book for anyone getting into project management

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jojo Narte

    well crafted. Good for agile newbies and not so newbies alike.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Derrick Trimble

    What a read! When I read a Dummies book, I can expect a barrage of information. My choice for an introduction to agile did not disappoint. A comprehensive overview with frequent comparisons, my interest was more than satisfied. For further development, I feel confident with this foundation.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Smkelly

    Easy to read and understand concepts. Includes practical steps to implement.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Henk-Jan van der Klis

    Mark C. Layton, known globally as Mr. Agile, is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor with over 20 years in the project/program management field. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Leadership Network and is the founder of Platinum Edge, an organizational improvement company that supports businesses making the Waterfall-to-Agile transition. When he isn’t overseeing client engagements, Mark is a frequent speaker on extreme programming (XP), lean, scrum, and other agi Mark C. Layton, known globally as Mr. Agile, is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor with over 20 years in the project/program management field. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Leadership Network and is the founder of Platinum Edge, an organizational improvement company that supports businesses making the Waterfall-to-Agile transition. When he isn’t overseeing client engagements, Mark is a frequent speaker on extreme programming (XP), lean, scrum, and other agile solutions. In Agile Project Management for Dummies (published in June 2012) Layton defines agile project management approaches and teaches you the steps to execute agile techniques on a project. The material here goes beyond theory and is meant to be a field manual. Full review will be published later on my blog. I now read the e-book version online at books24x7.com, but I ordered the paperback version due to the high quality of its content!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Read for a class on Agile Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. This book was a good intro to Agile Management and the differences between it and Waterfall/Traditional Project Management. This type of management is excellent for software projects and developing software related plug-ins. The author talks in depth about Agile and its uses, and tries to sell the reader on using Agile in traditional settings, which I personally disagree with in many ways. However, it is an interes Read for a class on Agile Management from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. This book was a good intro to Agile Management and the differences between it and Waterfall/Traditional Project Management. This type of management is excellent for software projects and developing software related plug-ins. The author talks in depth about Agile and its uses, and tries to sell the reader on using Agile in traditional settings, which I personally disagree with in many ways. However, it is an interesting point, and would do some good in various sectors, including, in my opinion, government ministries at certain levels. A projectized environment that puts stakeholders first and constantly deals with chaotic change benefits from Agile, and this book gives you the nitty-gritty details at a basic level, a la the for Dummies series. A good basic introduction, but with nothing overly special or noteworthy to comment on. Great for a class or for a basic introduction to the subject.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Rand

    We've just implemented Agile Scrum on a project at work, and even within the first sprint, it has been terrific. I thought I'd augment my knowledge with this book and felt it was very good. My only real complaint is that by the end of the book, it felt like it was saying the same things over and over again. The "road map to success" diagram was used at least 3 or 4 different times in the book...I got it after the first time. So it could have been a little more concise by cutting out the repetiti We've just implemented Agile Scrum on a project at work, and even within the first sprint, it has been terrific. I thought I'd augment my knowledge with this book and felt it was very good. My only real complaint is that by the end of the book, it felt like it was saying the same things over and over again. The "road map to success" diagram was used at least 3 or 4 different times in the book...I got it after the first time. So it could have been a little more concise by cutting out the repetition, and I would have gotten just as much out of it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    سامح السيد

    Note: I read the IBM edition, not this edition. IBM edition is shorter and older! Not for true dummies, needs some experience in agile, but gives very good review of the topic. Well structured I found many topics new to me Short but enough as a review Shamelessly, contains too much ads for IBM products, but it is IBM-edition! But on the other side neglects mentioning other strong tools like TFS (but this understandable also, it's a Microsoft product :) Note: I read the IBM edition, not this edition. IBM edition is shorter and older! Not for true dummies, needs some experience in agile, but gives very good review of the topic. Well structured I found many topics new to me Short but enough as a review Shamelessly, contains too much ads for IBM products, but it is IBM-edition! But on the other side neglects mentioning other strong tools like TFS (but this understandable also, it's a Microsoft product :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Artem Pyaykh

    Too many words for such an amount of information. This book is suffering of verbosity and countless repetitions. Ask yourself If you are dummy, and if your answer is 'Yes' - go ahead, otherwise don't buy this book. Too many words for such an amount of information. This book is suffering of verbosity and countless repetitions. Ask yourself If you are dummy, and if your answer is 'Yes' - go ahead, otherwise don't buy this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    It was repetitive and I did not read it cover to cover. It was available from a digital library so it was a convenient way to learn about agile. It had a few good tips I'm not sure I would have learned from a web search, so it was useful. It was repetitive and I did not read it cover to cover. It was available from a digital library so it was a convenient way to learn about agile. It had a few good tips I'm not sure I would have learned from a web search, so it was useful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This book was really repetitive. The concepts were were well presented. A little humor mixed in with material that can be dry helped keep reading fairly light. Real world example helped put the concepts in perspective.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patrik Gustafsson

    I was skeptical of this book through parts of it. It was to descriptive. And with details I did not agree with. But actually it was interesting and valuable giving me something to think about. Just be aware when reading it that there a nuances and variations to the methods described here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louis

    Good book and required literature for the project manager of today.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Johnson

    Exactly what I needed. High-level, nothing more. Was also able to claim PDUs in PMI's self-directed learning category for reading this. Exactly what I needed. High-level, nothing more. Was also able to claim PDUs in PMI's self-directed learning category for reading this.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Grasso

    Clear and concise. This book is great if you want to explore the secrets of the Agile management style. Many examples, easy to read, totally worth it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steve Walker

    A quick read to grab the concepts of Agile management. The author used some real world examples and had an entertaining writing style which made what could have been a dull book more interesting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fausto Betances

    Deceptive title. Great reference for beginners and practitioners alike.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pres

    This is my first book for agile/scrum. It is a good introduction book. The problem is that the content is very repetitive and it is not edited well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Delhi Irc

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