Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects – A Book Review
Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage is a valuable resource for those who want to understand more about Agile practices and teams, its requirements, benefits and effect on Waterfall processes and projects. More and more projects will be managed in more than one strict way, and a hybrid of Agile and Waterfall processes is a favorite candidate. This instructive guide explains Agile principles as well as specific methods and tools that can be blended with Waterfall processes for the right projects at the right instances.
The hardcover edition was published in October 2012 by J. Ross Publishing. It has 352 pages and about an inch thick. The book cover shows a photo of a skier in yellow and green suit in the act of sliding down a snowy slope against a background of a clear blue sky. The title and subtitle are displayed in the upper part of the cover while the author’s name is at the lower part. ISBN-10: 1604270837; ISBN-13: 978-1604270839
Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects is ideal for experienced project managers and teams who are familiar with or have used traditional Waterfall processes in previous projects. It will also benefit beginning project professionals who may be more flexible and willing to try something new.
What Customers Say
Lenore Skomal stated that Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects is a must have not only for project managers or Agile practitioners but also for those new to the subject or preparing for the PMI- ACP exam.
Ray Coker, a 25-year PM consultant who described himself as a traditional Waterfall type of person, stated that an extremely well-organized, well-written book was able to present the Waterfall methodology, placed Agile practices alongside it, and enabled him to learn so much in such a short time.
Content, Approach, Style
Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects is divided into 21 chapters. The chapter titles are in question format, and the content answers the question in its title. For example, Chapter 1 is titled Why Agile Now? In this chapter, the author explains the need for change due to economic, market, and competition factors. Chapter 2 is titled What is Agile? and tries to define it by differentiating “big Agile” philosophies from “little agile” practices or productized processes. Chapter 3 titled Where Did Agile Ideas Originate? discusses its history, while the rest of the chapters deals with tools, skills, competencies, specific agile approaches, change, challenges and examples.
The book discusses Agile comprehensively with a language that is easily understood. The chapters are well organized, presenting general concepts first and then followed by specific tools, methods and examples. The paragraphs are short and readable, with appropriate headers and lists. It has a glossary of terms as well as downloadable checklists, exercises, templates, and an ACP practice exam.
Why Buy the Book
Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects is a valuable resource especially for project managers and organizations that have invested heavily on traditional project management approaches but also need to add or blend Agile as an option to overcome current challenges.
Books that Complement
Coaching Agile Teams will help project managers transition from a traditional style of command and control to having a role and responsibility better fit for agile methodology and practices.
Mark Layton’s Agile Project Management for Dummies covers agile PM approaches, tools and techniques that will help project teams decide when to best use the techniques, how to respond quickly to changes and how to complete projects satisfactorily.
Barbee Davis holds a degree in Education and a Master’s. She is a PMP and also a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner. She also holds a Professional in Human Resources accreditation and an MS Project black belt. She is the owner of Davis Consulting, a services and training provider that specializes in Management Development, Customer Service Training, and Process Improvement. She has facilitated technical training for IBM, Wilson Learning, and has experiences in the education, government, healthcare, IT, banking and construction industries. She is a PMI REP Quality Reviewer, a regular contributor to PMI newsletters, published two other books, and a resource speaker on the topic of merging Agile practices with traditional processes.