The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile – A Book Review

pm-guide-to-agile-logoThe Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile is a lucid, step-by-step manual that introduces agile approaches, techniques and tools. The book simplifies to the readers how to adopt the Agile style to cope up with the fast-paced skill and market necessities and improve the efficiency of production. It is a realistic orientation which provides not only theories but sensible suggestions on how to pertain agile principles and when to apply them while avoiding probable troubles.

Book Details

The first edition was published in January 2015 under John Wiley and Sons Inc. The book has 432 pages and and weighs 725 grams. The front cover has an elegant look with the familiar orange and dark theme. The back cover contains description of the content and payback of mastering agile project management. ISBN-10: 1118991044; ISBN-13: 978-1118991046


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Target Audience

This is basically a guide book to help project managers master the Agile methodology. This book is useful not only for project managers but also for project group members or even project stakeholders. This will be precious for those who are fascinated to know more about agile practices and methodologies with clear intention of applying it to their projects.

What Customers Say

Tsheives, a Project Manager at CSM, described this book as totally insightful and refreshing for Project Management, and also refers this book to demonstrate how Agile Scrum and conventional Project Management can co-exist.

Erik1998 (Amazon) loved the comparisons between Agile and Waterfall methods in the book, as well as the pros and cons of each. In addition, he really liked the case studies which helped him understand the content better.

Content, Approach, Style

The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile has in-depth discussions on the principles of Agile methodology and also focuses on features of conventional project management approaches. It gives an innovative idea to combine all derivatives of other successful projects, and tells the project managers how to merge those derivatives clinically to fit into their project and share the ways to improve the outcomes of the project. This book also provides real world case studies along with the Agile framework to assist practical learning.

The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile book will help the project managers to build up a more adaptive approach that works in improving teamwork, communication and project outcomes. For a novice who wants to grasp the principles of Agile method to gain progress in project competency and reach a positive outcome, The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile illustrates new insights which make project managers more effective.

Why Buy the Book

The extensive effectiveness of agile methodologies is challenging the usefulness of conventional project management. The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile is a comprehensive guidebook for merging traditional project management techniques with agile principles and practices for enhanced outcomes.

Books that Complement

Agile Project Management for Dummies by Mark Layton focuses towards the core principles of Agile methodology for readers who want to learn more about the domain.

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh gives a clear conception about popular business management techniques and tells about the performance domains and process groups.


Charles G. Cobb is the President of Breakthrough Solutions, Inc., a consulting company that specializes in helping companies build up more successful enterprise-level agile implementations. He is obsessive about helping to shut the gap between the Agile and conventional project management communities. He has published two more books on Agile Project Management and more than 50 articles. He has also been a guest speaker at several PMI and Agile events, in addition to being a Professor at Boston University where he teaches a graduate-level Agile Project Management course. He is a working Project/Program Manager with several project management and agile certifications for over 30 years.

$61.49 for the Book edition and $52.99 for the Kindle edition


Moiz Noorani

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