Book Notes #26: Managing Agile Projects by Sanjiv Augustine

Written by a passionate project manager in the agile world, this book contains his discoveries and learnings on Managing Agile Projects.

Title: Managing Agile Projects
Author: Sanjiv Augustine
Year: 2005
Pages: 229

For those not familiar with agile software development, it is a collection of methods and philosophies for developing information technology and software products by employing methods that encourage speed, flexibility, and an emphasis on customer value. 

Like most agile books and articles, Managing Agile Projects from 2005 has an audience of software developers, even though the principles and practices apply to product development in other industries. Given the author’s intended audience and objectives, there is much to like about this book. 

Managing Agile Projects serves as a practical guide for overcoming common challenges encountered in Agile projects.

As a result, I gave this book a rating of 7.0/10.

For me, a book with a note 10 is one I consider reading again every year. Among the books I rank with 10, for example, is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Overview of Managing Agile Projects

The principles and practices include fostering alignment and cooperation through the practices of organic teams and a guiding vision; encouraging emergence and self-organization through simple rules, open information, and light touch; and facilitating learning and adaptation through adaptive leadership.

Managing Agile Projects by Sanjiv Augustine is a comprehensive guide that offers invaluable insights into the world of Agile project management.

Augustine, a seasoned practitioner and thought leader in the Agile community, brings forth his extensive experience to provide readers with practical strategies and techniques for successfully navigating Agile projects.

Managing Agile Projects delves into various aspects of Agile methodologies, from Scrum and Kanban to Lean and Extreme Programming, offering a holistic view of how these approaches can be effectively implemented and tailored to suit different project environments.

My Book Highlights & Quotes

“… When first placed in the position of leading an agile team nearly five years ago, I had precious little guidance to assist me in my job. This is the book that I wish I had then—I have endeavored to capture my subsequent experience and learning and present them in a form that is accessible to managers new to agile methodologies. Other managers more familiar with the agile landscape should enjoy it as well, albeit with the sense of the familiar. In the agile spirit of continuous learning and experimentation, I have drawn on many diverse disciplines to augment and extend agile methodologies on my projects, including complexity theory, organizational learning, and Lean Thinking…”

“… Leadership goes beyond the mundane in daily work life. Agile managers require the leadership skills necessary to connect with the needs and hopes of their team members. Tichy and Devanna identified several characteristics of transformational leaders—people who effect transformational change in organizations: They identify themselves as change agents; they are courageous, believe in people, are value-driven, lifelong learners, and able to deal with complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty, and they are visionaries. These are elaborated from an APM perspective in the following sidebar…”

Overall, Managing Agile Projects addresses its intended audience and target topic in a very serviceable way. 

It is a step forward in framing the distinctions of agile practices from traditional control-oriented ideas, although it is not the seminal text on agile project management that the field requires.

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