Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide – A Book Review

Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide: A Simplified Beginners Guide to Agile Project Management is both a long title and good description of the book. It is an introductory guide about the history, the basic strategy, and the different methodologies that fall under agile project management. The book is a good launching pad for those who are interested to take a deeper pursuit of the subject.

Book Details

Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide measures about 6 in. wide, 0.4 in. thick, and 9 in. tall, with a shipping weight of about 6.7 ounces. It has 164 pages divided into 11 chapters. It is available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle formats. The book was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in September 2014 in the English language. ISBN-10: 1502393468; ISBN-13: 978-1502393463

Price

$13 for the paperback version, $22.99 for the hardcover version, and $3.99 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide is for all types of readers, students and professionals alike, who are interested about Agile and Agile Project Management. It is for project managers, team leaders, and individual members who belong to a team, company or organization that are contemplating about adopting or currently implementing Agile practices and methodologies in the management and delivery of projects.

What Customers Say

Jen H. (Amazon) described it as a great reference. She manage projects at work and at home but was not familiar with Agile project management. Although she does not manage complex projects, she felt that after reading the book she has learned things that can really help her manage projects better.

Ruby M. (Amazon) stated that the company she works for has started to use Agile methodology as part of their product development process. The book gave a good background of the subject. It also gave her a better understanding of the variations and practical applications. She found the case studies chapters especially helpful.

Jaideep K. (Goodreads) described it as a book meant for rookies, starters and beginners in Agile project management. It is written well with a focused approach to help readers understand the difference between traditional and agile PM methodologies. He stated that the book explains well the basics of Agile project management and provides a good foundation in learning the subject.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide is divied into an introduction, 11 chapters, and a conclusion. The first chapters present the concept of project management, the history of Agile, its core structure, and introduce the basic phases (envision, speculate, explore, adapt, close) of agile project management. The next chapters explore the different methodologies including Scrum and Lean, software tools, practical applications, and several case studies.
Approach/Tone: The author approaches the subject from the perspective of general concepts down to specific Agile practices. Comparisons and contrasts provide the reader a better understanding of the difference of traditional PM and APM, as well as the need for a more flexible structure and methodology for today’s business requirements. It is organized well and easy to read from start to end.
Style: The text is in paragraphs of readable length, with business words and terms that are familiar, defined or easy to understand. The book also contain figures, flowcharts, graphs and tables that visually aid the presentation of the ideas, concepts and suggested actions.

Why Buy the Book

Agile Project Management QuickStart Guide is an affordable reference that can help the reader easily grasp the concepts of Agile and Agile project management. It also provides adequate comparisons and contrasts from traditional project management, as well as enough details about the variety of Agile practices. It is a good starting point for those who are not familiar with Agile, but would want to or need to learn more about the subject and related concepts such as project leadership.

Author

Ed Stark is a contributor of ClydeBank Media LLC. He is part of the small team of researchers, writers, editors and designers based in Albany, NY. They are professional experts, thought leaders, writers, bloggers, and scholars with multiple years of experience who share their passion for learning and personal growth. ClydeBank is an independent publisher with company divisions based on subject matter. Some of the divisions are business, finance, programming and technology.

$13 for the paperback version, $22.99 for the hardcover version, and $3.99 for the Kindle version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.