Agile Approaches on Large Projects


Book Title:     Agile Approaches on Large Projects in Large Organizations
Author:  Brian Hobbs and Yvan Petit
Publisher:  Project Management Institute, Inc.
List Price:   $24.95
Format:  soft cover, 133 pages
Publication Date:  2017
ISBN: 978-1-62825-175-3
Reviewer:     Vickie Carvajal, PMP
Review Date:   February 2018



In this book, the authors’ focus was to evaluate how Agile approaches are used in large projects in large organizations.

The authors provide a summary of how Agile methodolgies and approaches have evolved and are used in software development projects. Their primary focus of the book is to determine the success of Agile when used outside of small noncritical in-house software development projects executed by colocated teams.  They also included information regarding how the Project Management role has evolved due to Agile.

The research documented in the book primarily focused on answering a couple of questions:

  • At the project Level – What challenges are encountred when applying agile methods to large multiteam software projects  and what practices have been developed to alleviate these challenges?
  • At the organizational level – How does the context of large, complex organizations affect the adaptation and adoption of agile appproaches and vice versa?

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book was structured in 7 chapters:

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Literature Review
Chapter 3 – Methodology
Chapter 4 – Results
Chapter 5 – Discussion
Chapter 6 – Conclusion
Chapter 7 – Future Research

Within each chapter, the authors provide information supporting their focus for that chapter. There are 133 pages in the book.  Chapter 1 is 3 pages long, Chapter 2 is 14 pages long, Chapter 3 is 9 pages long, Chapter 4 is 47 pages long, Chapter 5 is 5 pages long, Chapter 6 is 1 page long and Chapter 7 is 2 pages long. Also included were the following sections at the end of the book. Acknowledgments (1 page long), References (9 pages long), Appendix – Research Survey (33 pages long), About the Authors (1 page long).


Chapter 1: Introduction

In Chapter 1, the authors provide a background on Agile methodolgies and it’s place  in today’s project management environment.  They provide information found in existing literature and areas where there has been minimal focus, therefore putting into perspective the focus of the research documented in the book.  They provide an introduction to the research included in the book and highlight that the focus is on the projects and the organizational context in which the projects are executed.


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About the Reviewer

Vickie Carvajal, PMP

North Texas, USA


Vickie Carvajal
, PMP has more than 20 years of experience working in application services and consulting. She has provided project management for a variety of clients in various industries and countries. Vickie has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Angelo State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University.


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