Project Management the Agile Way


Book Title:   Project Management the Agile Way: Making it Work in the Enterprise, 2nd Edition
Author: John C. Goodpasture, PMP
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   $59.95
Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publication Date:   2015    
ISBN: 978-1-60427-115-7
Reviewer:     Ivan Kotcher, PMP
Review Date: June 2017



This book is a comprehensive guide to Agile project management, as well as an overview of project management concepts and approaches ranging from Scrum to XP, the Crystal Family, and Kanban. Intended for experienced practitioners who may be unfamiliar with Agile and related methodologies, it contrasts Agile with more traditional methods. Although it can be dense, the structure of the book lends itself to investigating specific topics of interest and provides excellent summaries of major ideas and how Agile can be applied effectively to different aspects of project management.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured very much like an academic lecture or textbook, broken down into discrete sections with a consistent structure for each. The author states that the structure is intended to emulate an Agile sprint, with the reader concluding a “release” at the end of each chapter.

Chapters include or more “Modules” that present objectives, summary and takeaway points, and chapter-specific endnotes with definitions and/or references to other sources. In many cases, important definitions or ideas are presented as blocks broken out from the main text. Discussion points are also provided for the reader to think about how the ideas can be interpreted or applied in his or her own context.

The publisher also provides additional free material from its own resource center, accessible through the publisher website.


The book is an excellent resource for both experienced practitioners and newcomers to introduce and apply Agile methodology in a real environment. It does an excellent job of explaining how traditional methodology can affect the expectations and participation of multiple stakeholders, and describes how Agile changes the dynamics of a project. Everything from project business cases to planning and scheduling work, to managing teams and value, to facilitating adaptation of an existing company to Agile, is covered.


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About the Reviewer

Ivan Kotcher, PMP

Texas, USA



Ivan Kotcher
, PMP, is a project and program manager with strategic and operational consulting experience across the full breadth of data center infrastructure management.  He has over 20 years of experience working with telecommunications and application hosting companies ranging in size from global carriers to startups.   He currently works as a Transformation Director with Wipro Technologies, helping customers to evolve business processes and associated supporting technologies to improve cost profiles and service delivery.

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