Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects – new book released by Barbee Davis from J. Ross in the US


 29 October 2012 – J. Ross Publishing has announced the publication of Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage, a new book by Barbee Davis.   Davis is an agile project management consultant and trainer in the United States, and a special projects leader and columnist for the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

According to the book’s publicity: 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.

Highlights of the book include:

  • 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, and a PMI-ACP® practice exam — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com

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.

J. Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets.  At J. Ross we collaborate with industry leaders to provide critical and timely information that will keep today’s professionals on top of new and important advances in their fields. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross  Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.  Visit www.jrosspub.com.

Agile Practices for Waterfall Projects: Shifting Processes for Competitive Advantage; By Barbee Davis, PMP, PMI-ACP, PHR; published by J. Ross Publishing; Hardcover, 6×9, 352 Pages; ISBN: 978-1-60427-083-9; October 2012. Information at http://www.jrosspub.com/Engine/Shopping/catalog.asp?store=&category=&itempage=&item=14280&itemonly=1

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