Agile Project Management with Kanban – A Book Review
Agile Project Management with Kanban (Developer Best Practices) is the first edition of a book that helps readers use Kanban to produce better software that their customers will love. Software is usually developed in a highly volatile and highly competitive environment. Priorities, requirements and expectations can change daily. Products compete stiffly for market share. This practical guide aims to help developers have advantages over their peers through techniques in using Kanban to make life easier, more productive and develop better products for their customers.
This first paperback edition is 7.3 in. wide, 0.7 in. thick, and 8.8 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 10.6 ounces. It has 160 pages divided in an introduction and 9 chapters. It is also available in Kindle format. The book belongs to the Developer Best Practices series of books, published by Microsoft Press in March 2015 in English. ISBN-10: 0735698953; ISBN-13: 978-0735698956
Agile Project Management with Kanban is for software development professionals. It is valuable for both aspiring and practicing developers who are looking for the best ways and practices for producing the highest quality of software at the lowest cost in the least amount of time. The book is also valuable for web or app developers, software analysts, testers, project managers, project leads, program managers, and development managers.
What Customers Say
JM (Amazon) described the book as a great introduction to Kanban. After watching the author’s YouTube video and then purchasing the book, JM’s whole team converted from Scrum to Kanban and are very happy with their decision.
Customer Christophe (Amazon) stated that it is a very good book on agile project management. It is evident that the author has used Kanban successfully and makes use of it effectively in his organization. The reader also commented about the consistent focus on delivering maximum outcome for the customers.
Dan H. (Amazon) believes that Kanban is the natural progression from waterfall and the other methodologies and is the next step for everyone. He stated that the book clearly outlines the process with practicality and attention to cultural resistance.
Content, Approach, Style
Content: The book contains step-by-step instructions on how to introduce and use Kanban with a development team with an existing backlog of work. It starts with an approach to gaining management consent to use Kanban, a quick-start guide, and other tips and techniques to successfully complete projects. A chapter is also devoted for those who are using waterfall or scrum and help them adapt or evolve to using Kanban.
Approach/Tone: The author uses plain and practical language in discussing concepts. He also gives comparisons and examples from his personal experience in using Kanban with his Xbox team.
Style: The text is presented in short readable paragraphs and bulleted lists. There are adequate diagrams, tables, charts, worksheets and troubleshooting sections to help convey ideas and apply them. Also, every chapter includes a very helpful Q&A portion and checklist.
Why Buy the Book
Agile Project Management with Kanban is a book that clearly show the advantages of using Kanban as a PM methodology in software development. It is written by an author who has tried many other methodologies, including waterfall and scrum, and is successfully applying Kanban on a popular product (Xbox). It is a practical guide rather than a theoretical reference, and can be scaled up for use even with larger organizations.
Eric Brechner is the Principal Development Manager for Xbox Engineering Services at Microsoft since 2011. Eric has been with Microsoft since 1995 and has hold various positions in various departments including Office Media Store, engineering learning and development and Xbox.com. He also has working experience with Boeing, Silicon Graphics, Graftek and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Eric is also currently an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, Bothell teaching graduate courses in software engineering. He currently holds 8 patents and a PhD in applied mathematics. He can be reached via his LinkedIn page.