Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects

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Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage
By Barbee Davis, PMP, PMI-ACP, PHR
Hardcover, 6×9, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-083-9
October 2012

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Projects in the near future will be managed with a hybrid of Agile and traditional waterfall processes to better address the speed to market, product innovation, and financial challenges that organizations face. The project managers who learn how to merge Agile with Waterfall methodologies first will gain a huge career advantage over those who lag behind. This engaging and highly instructive guide covers what Agile is, and how and when it is appropriate to blend it into your projects. Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects will help new and experienced project managers, stakeholders, and students of the discipline to proactively prepare for and ensure their future success. This valuable resource also contains all the terms and concepts needed for those planning to take the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam.

Key Features

  • Presents a workable way to add Agile to your projects while preserving your investment of time and development in traditional waterfall processes, without changing your whole corporate structure as a prerequisite
  • Uses interactive tools to help readers understand, experience, and find practical ways to merge Agile with waterfall in the right amounts for each project
  • Provides an Agile approach that will work for more traditional departments and shows how to scale Agile from one team up to the enterprise level
  • Describes how to work with the major Agile methodology teams, and ways to merge the teams, reports, documents, metrics, tools, and meetings between Agile and waterfall teams
  • Highlights what leading corporations are doing to add Agile to their traditional waterfall projects, what they have learned, and gives examples of future trends you will need to prepare to manage
  • WAV offers a downloadable Agile Evaluator, Agile Evaluator Checklist, Agile Evaluator Sample Results, Uganda Coffee Website Team Exercise, Planning Poker Cards, Story Card Templates, Instructor Material, and a PMI-ACP® practice exam — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center

About the author(s)

Barbee Davis, MA, PMP, PMI-ACP, and PHR, heads Davis Consulting, a provider of project management guidance and services. Barbee also works for the Project Management Institute (PMI®). She is a R.E.P. Quality Reviewer for organizations who wish to be part of the PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) program. Ms. Davis leads special projects for PMI, such as the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) project that helps local PMI Chapters attract and educate college students about the project management field. She also created the PMI Intellectual Property Tutorial for R.E.Ps, which has been translated into eight languages. Over the past 5 years, Ms. Davis has written the semi-monthly column, Quick Quizzes, for the PMI Community Post that reached over 300,000 project managers worldwide. She also writes a similar feature, Topic Teasers, available through PMI Chapter newsletters. 

Ms. Davis has designed and implemented projects in varied industries and managed large project rollouts for many large corporations. This ex-IBMer and former Wilson Learning facilitator is also proficient in online learning instructional design, having both written for and taught on Blackboard for universities and corporate clients. She has been on staff at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska Wesleyan, and Bellevue University. As co-founder of ExecuTrain of Nebraska and Vice-President of Sales and Training, she has managed and provided technical training for solution developers and systems engineers, as well as offering end-user training on all platforms. 

Besides holding the PMP certification, Barbee also has an Agile Practitioner Certification (PMI-ACP)®, a black belt in Microsoft Project, a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) accreditation, and an American Society of Training and Development Training Certificate in instruction, facilitation, and instructional design. She is a popular and sought-after speaker around the world, especially on merging Agile practices with PMBOK® Guide processes to bridge the gap between the sometimes warring methodologies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Agile Now?
Chapter 2: What Is Agile? 
Chapter 3: Where Did Agile Ideas Originate? 
Chapter 4: What Are Agile Practices and How Do They Work? 
Chapter 5: What Are Some More New Agile Concepts? 
Chapter 6: Should My Projects Be Agile? 
Chapter 7: How Does an Agile Team Get Started? 
Chapter 8: How Do Agile Teams Estimate? 
Chapter 9: What Agile Tools Are Important? 
Chapter 10: How Does Agile Scale to the Enterprise Level? 
Chapter 11: Using Distributed Teams 
Chapter 12: What Do I Use for Agile Documentation? 
Chapter 13: What Needs to Change in My Own Skill Set? 
Chapter 14: What Needs to Change In My Business Skill Set? 
Chapter 15: What Shifts in Business Will Affect Me? 
Chapter 16: What Changes Are Needed in My Organization? 
Chapter 17: What Are Scrum, XP, and DSDM? 
Chapter 18: What Are Lean, Kanban, Crystal, and Other Agile Practices? 
Chapter 19: How Do I Jumpstart Change? 
Chapter 20: Who Has Made Agile Work? 
Chapter 21: Parting Advice 


“The overarching guideline that emerges out of this well-written book is ‘be agile about being agile’. Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects does not just tell us to do it, this guide tells us why, what, and then goes on to show us how.” 
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc. and award-winning author

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects can be added to the greatest hits collection of Agile books. The end result is a comprehensive guide for project managers to successfully bridge the gap between the two diverse methodologies of Agile and Waterfall.” 
Maureen Weverka, PMO Director, Mutual of Omaha

“From software developers to project managers, if you’re looking to move to Agile, let author Barbee Davis show you the way. With well-written prose that gets down to brass tacks, Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects peels back the Agile onion, showing you how to use the methodology to implement and deliver projects in today’s competitive market.” 
David Geary, Software developer and author of Graphic Java and Core HTML5 Canvas