I am thrilled to announce the second edition of Agile Project Management. This is a long-overdue update of the book I first published in 2015. And it is the best agile book I’ve written (so far).
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This is a great book for anyone new to agile ways of working and especially for team leads, department managers, and project managers who are expanding their knowledge of Agile, Scrum, and Kanban. This book provides not only an overview of agility but details on how to plan an agile initiative. You will see many comparisons between traditional and agile ways of working, and get a closeup look at a day in the life for four real-world agile teams.
Just to give you a feel for what is included in the book, here is a summary based on the table of contents:
Chapter 1: Introducing Agile Project Management
- Defining Agile
- Why do we need Agile? What problem are we trying to solve?
- The Chaos Studies
- Why Projects Fail
- Key Differences of Agile Projects
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Agile
- The Genesis of Agile
- Modern Agile Practices
- Summary for Chapter 2
Chapter 3: Agile Values and Principles
- The Agile Manifesto
- The Agile Mindset
Chapter 4: Agile Overview and Benefits
- Agile Myths
- Comparing Traditional Projects to Agile Projects
- Popular Agile Methods
- Key Benefits of Agile
Chapter 5: Planning Agile Projects
- Overview of Planning Agile Projects
- Using Project Lifecycles as Planning Tools
- Agile Release Planning
- Budgeting for People Costs on Agile Projects
Chapter 6: An Introduction to Scrum
- The Scrum Framework
- Elements of The Scrum Framework
- Scrum is Easy to Understand, Difficult to Apply
- Is Scrum the Agile Gateway Drug?
- What’s Next?
Chapter 7: The Roles and Rules of Scrum
- The Product Owner
- The Scrum Master
- Other Stakeholders
- Scrum is not for Everyone
- Where Did the Project Manager Responsibilities Go?
- The Rules of Scrum
Chapter 8: Scrum Meetings
- Overview of Scrum Meetings
- Sprint Planning Meetings
- The Daily Scrum
- Sprint Review
- Sprint Retrospective
- One Other Scrum Meeting – Product Backlog Refinement
- The Sprint
- Schedule for the Meetings
Chapter 9: Scrum Artifacts
- The Scrum Artifacts
- The Product Backlog
- Sprint Backlog
- Potentially Shippable Product Increment
Chapter 10: A Day in the Life of a Scrum Team
- Arctic Deer
- Team Mobility
- Far Flung
Thanks to Hazel Fernando for the cool-looking graphics in the 2nd edition. I also want to thank Bill Baxter for his detailed feedback on the 1st Edition of this book. I’ve incorporated that feedback into this version.