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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Agile Project Management for Business Transformation Success
Author:  Paul Paquette and Milan Frankl
Publisher:  Business Expert Press
List Price:  $34.95
Format:  Softcover, 119 pages
Publication Date:  2016     
ISBN: 13:978-1-63157-323-1
Reviewer: Sani L. Venkatesan, PMP
Review Date: May 2018

 

 



Introduction

The authors intended this book “to provide project management office (PMO) executives practical information to promote enterprise Agile for business value compatibility within their organization. The primary benefit of this book is to promote a sense of common and collaboration between project delivery and the organization.”

However, it seems that sections of the book have a great start and miss the mark of the final conclusion of how to promote and use at the enterprise level. The book also mentions “lean principles” (pg.49) only discussing the CMMI and without going into detail about what these are and how they are used in the Business Transformation process. Additionally, the book is written more from a technological vantage point where there would be benefits of using Agile more frequently.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into chapters starting with concepts moving into change management, background, and communication along with teamwork functionality of Agile. It isn’t until chapter 7 that historical value and processes are introduced.

The book also discusses the use of Agile in Market Leadership, Organizational Alignment and Support, Resource Optimization. The ultimate goal of the addition of these tools is to promote enhanced communication, teamwork, collaboration, and organizational change with transparency among teams.

Highlights

The book leverages and reviews several of Agile “roots”, with the one exception of Toyota Lean Manufacturing. Each of these processes are reviewed with examples of how they can be used in an Agile project and in some cases how they can work together if needed. (Chart not listed in the book).

Continuing forward through the book the advantages and disadvantages are used as examples in how each will impact completing projects: internally, externally (getting to market quicker), and the differences in communications needed. Each example provides a fair assessment of challenges and opportunities when using Waterfall or Agile. The Waterfall components of the table below were included in the book (Table 3.1; pg.29), while the Agile components needed to be gleaned from the text.

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About the Reviewer


Sani L. Venkatesan

Texas, USA

 

 

Sani L. Venkatesan is an MBA, PMP, and CLMBBSS. She has utilized her skills in multiple industries to assist companies in overcoming challenges in areas of mergers & acquisitions, implementations, project & process management. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Dallas Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published.  Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books. 

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