Agile Project Management: How to Succeed in the Face of Changing Project Requirements

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AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, Jan 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 229 pages
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In a fast-paced environment filled with uncertainty, successfully completing projects on time can feel like running an obstacle course. An emphasis on speed often forces project teams to make decisions without crucial data, leading to frequent changes of direction once more information becomes known. If people arent light on their feet, complicated projects can easily get tripped up.Agile Project Management gives readers the strategies they need to take charge of urgent projects that involve unique resources and elements of uncertainty. The book offers an improvement upon classical project management processes by tying project processes more directly to the ever-changing requirements of business objective achieving improved flexibility and response time. Filled with examples showing how to implement agile PM into all project situations, the book demonstrates how to develop an appropriate and supportive infrastructure and environment, and reviews the roles of the project manager, general management, and the project team. Agile Project Management is the ultimate method for achieving superior results in an accelerated and changing environment.
 

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I found this book to be very good and structured. I was able to get an insight on the differences between standard PM and Agile PM all in one book. The style the way the book is presented is great and it was a pleasure to read it (I actually could not stop until I read it all). The book also presents some example of documents/processes that can be used in real life and I have to say they matched pretty well with what I have used and what I have seen other using. All in all a great book and I highly recommend it.  

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Contents

DEFINING AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
1
DETERMINING WHEN TO USE AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
13
PROJECTS ARE THE BUSINESS
22
THE CROSSFUNCTIONAL TEAM ORGANIZING FOR AGILITY
37
THE PROJECT MANAGERS ROLE
65
THE AGILE PROJECT TEAM
87
PLANNING FOR AGILITY
98
APPROACHING RISK IN AN AGILE ENVIRONMENT
123
AGILE PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT ALIGNING TACTICAL PROJECTS WITH BUSINESS STRATEGY
171
INTEGRATING PORTFOLIO AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT WITH THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS
193
CONCLUSION
202
PROJECT STATUS REPORTING PROCESS
204
ISSUE TRACKING PROCESS
209
ACTION ITEM TRACKING PROCESS
214
PORTFOLIO PRIORITIZATION PROCESS
219
INDEX
225

MANAGEMENT CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT OF AGILITY
141
THE OPERATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE
152
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
230
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GARY CHIN (Portland, OR) is the founder of XO Consulting Partners, which helps organizations attune project management practices to their corporate culture. He has more than 18 years experience in high-tech program management and business process analysis.

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