The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile: Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach, Second Edition

  • 9h 52m
  • Charles G. Cobb
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2023


Updated guide to Agile methodologies, with real-world case studies and valuable frameworks for project managers moving to Agile

The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile helps project managers who are faced with the challenge of adapting their project management approach to an Agile environment, showing how these approaches can work jointly to improve project outcomes in any project, with discussion topics and real-world case studies that facilitate hands-on learning. It also provides project managers with the fundamental knowledge to take a leadership role in working with companies to develop a well-integrated, enterprise-level Agile Project Management approach to fit their business.

The original edition of this book has been very successful and is used as a graduate-level textbook in several universities. This new edition builds on the success of the original edition and includes updated content from the latest PMBOK Guide, updated sections on stakeholder management, value-driven delivery, adaptive planning, and distributed project management, with an all-new chapter on Hybrid project management. It also includes new case studies on applying an Agile Hardware Development at Tesla and Project Management in a non-software environment.

Sample topics covered in The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile include:

  • Bridging the chasm in project management philosophies, impact on the project management profession, evolution of Agile and Waterfall, and learning to see Agile and traditional plan-driven project management as complementary to each other rather than competitive
  • The roots of Agile and understanding Agile at a deeper level including the Agile manifesto from 2001, adapting an Agile approach to fit a business, and Scrum overview, roles, framework, principles, and values
  • Time-boxing, Kanban, and theory of constraints, Agile estimation overview and estimation practices, and velocity and burn-down/burn-up charts
  • Scaling Agile to an enterprise level, including challenges, obstacles to overcome, implementation considerations, management practices, and enterprise-level Agile transformations

With comprehensive, accessible, and highly practical coverage of Agile, a leading project management platform, The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile is a highly valuable resource for professional project managers, students studying project management, and those studying for PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner Certification (PMI-ACP).

About the Author

Charles G. Cobb (Fort Myers, FL) is the founder of the Agile Project Management Academy, a program that has taught over 200,000 students in 174 countries worldwide and his training is offered by three major training platforms. He has been a featured speaker at many PMI Chapter events, Agile groups, universities, and PMO workshops around the world. He previously was an Adjunct Professor of Agile Project Management at Boston University.

In this Book

  • Introduction to Agile Project Management
  • Agile History and the Agile Manifesto
  • Scrum Overview
  • Agile Planning, Requirements, and Product Backlog
  • Agile Development, Quality, and Testing Practices
  • Time-Boxing, Kanban, and Theory of Constraints
  • Agile Estimation
  • Agile Project Management Role
  • Agile Communications and Tools
  • Learning to See the Big Picture
  • The Roots of Agile
  • Hybrid Agile Models
  • Value-Driven Delivery
  • Adaptive Planning
  • Agile Planning Practices and Tools
  • Agile Stakeholder Management and Agile Contracts
  • Distributed Project Management in Agile
  • Scaling Agile to an Enterprise Level
  • Scaling Agile for Multiple-Team Projects
  • Adapting an Agile Approach to Fit a Business
  • Enterprise-Level Agile Transformations
  • Scaled Agile Framework®
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD®)
  • Managed Agile Development Framework
  • Summary of Enterprise-Level Frameworks
  • “Not-So-Successful” Case Studies
  • Case Study—Valpak
  • Case Study—Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Case Study—General Dynamics, UK
  • Agile Hardware Development
  • Non-Software Case Studies
  • Overall Summary


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