Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products by Jim Highsmith

By Jim Highsmith

Jim Highsmith is considered one of a couple of sleek writers who're supporting us comprehend the recent nature of labor within the wisdom economy.-Rob Austin, Assistant Professor, Harvard enterprise School"This is the venture administration publication now we have all been ready for-the booklet that successfully combines Agile equipment and rigorous venture administration. not just does this e-book aid us make feel of undertaking administration during this present international of iterative, incremental Agile tools, yet it really is an all-around reliable read!"-Lynne Ellen, Sr. vice chairman & CIO, DTE Energy"Finally a e-book that reconciles the fervour of the Agile software program flow with the wanted disciplines of venture administration. Jim's ebook has supplied a carrier to all of us.-Neville R(oy) Singham, CEO, ThoughtWorks, Inc.The global of product improvement is changing into extra dynamic and unsure. Many managers cope through reinforcing techniques, including documentation, or additional honing charges. this is not operating. Highsmith brilliantly courses us into another that matches the times.-Preston G. Smith, central, New Product Dynamics/coauthor, constructing items in part the TimeNow, one of many field's best specialists brings jointly all of the wisdom and assets you should use APM on your subsequent venture. Jim Highsmith exhibits why APM could be in each manager's toolkit, completely addressing the questions venture managers increase approximately Agile ways. He systematically introduces the five-phase APM framework, then offers particular, proventools for each undertaking player. assurance comprises: * Six ideas of Agile undertaking administration * how one can capitalize on rising new product improvement applied sciences * placing buyers on the heart of your venture, the place they belong * growing adaptive groups that reply speedy to adjustments on your project's "ecosystem" * Which initiatives will reap the benefits of APM-and which will not * APM's 5 levels: Envision, Speculate, discover, Adapt, shut * APM practices, together with the Product imaginative and prescient field and undertaking facts Sheet * Leveraging your PMI talents in Agile environments * Scaling APM to bigger tasks and groups * for each undertaking supervisor, crew chief, and staff member

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Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

Jim Highsmith is one among a number of sleek writers who're supporting us comprehend the recent nature of labor within the wisdom financial system. -Rob Austin, Assistant Professor, Harvard company School"This is the venture administration e-book we have now all been ready for-the ebook that successfully combines Agile tools and rigorous venture administration.

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What is the difference between project management and project leadership? Although there is an elusive line between them, the core difference is that management deals with complexity, while leadership deals with change. Without adequate management, complex projects rapidly descend into chaos. Plans, controls, budgets, and processes help project managers stave off potential project-threatening complexity. However, when uncertainty, risk, and change are prominent, these practices 45 46 are insufficient.

Senior management is restricted to feature management, rather than task management; they can cut features but not tasks. For projects and products in which the requirements can evolve over time, it is critical that the results reviewed by customers during the development process be as close to versions of the actual product as possible. Customers have a very difficult time visualizing from documents how a product will function, which is why in industry after industry, companies have embraced modeling, simulations, and prototyping to improve the feedback loop from customers to the development teams.

How many of your "improvement" initiatives (CMM, ISO, Six Sigma, TQM, BPR) have just added layer after layer of forms, procedures, meetings, and approvals to teams trying desperately to produce something useful? Too much structure not only kills initiative and innovation, it consumes enormous chunks of time. The fundamental issue is not that these initiatives are valueless, because they are not, but that they fundamentally value structure over individual knowledge and capability. And that's why they are so difficult to implement people feel devalued.

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