Agile Approaches



Book Title:    Agile Approaches on Large Projects in Large Organizations
Author:  Brian Hobbs and Yvan Petit
Publisher:  PMI
List Price:   $24.95
Format:  Soft cover, 133 pages
Publication Date:   2017
ISBN: 978-1-62825-175-3
Reviewer:     Anita Goldshine, PMP
Review Date:   August 2018



Agile is known to work well for small software development projects, but what challenges do organizations encounter when trying to apply agile methods to large, multi-team projects? And how does the context of large, complex organizations affect the adaptation and adoption of agile approaches? These are the primary questions the researchers explored through case studies and surveys, and a thorough technical analysis of the data.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book starts with a good Executive Summary followed by seven chapters. The first two chapters provide the background of the research study and a thorough literature review with emphasis on scaling agile.

Next the authors describe the methodology they followed for conducting the case studies and the survey and collecting and analyzing the data. The case studies encompassed nine projects in three organizations spanning both commercial and public sectors. The resulting data and detailed analysis is presented in Chapter 4.

The subsequent chapters interpret the data and raise questions and issues for further study.


Through their thorough collection and analysis of data, the authors were able to identify several common elements among the organizations, such as the common use of Scrum and pilot projects, front-end activities, and handling of scope definition and product detail. But they also noted there were at least as many significant areas of variation as there were similarities. These included widely varying implementation strategies, the extent of front-end planning, participants’ roles, knowledge of agile and extent to which agile approaches are established, and even the use of the term “sprint zero”.


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About the Reviewer

Anita Goldshine

Maryland, USA




Anita Goldshine is a project manager for a cybersecurity consulting firm in the nation’s capital. She is a certified PMP and has over 30 years’ experience in the information industry, including software development and business process reengineering on both small and large-scale systems and processes. Her background includes technical writing and business analysis. She is a member of the Silver Spring and Montgomery County chapters of PMI.


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