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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project Management the Agile Way: Making it Work in the Enterprise, 2nd Ed.
Author: John C. Goodpasture, PMP
Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   $59.95
Format:  Hardcover, 392 pages
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-60427-115-7
Reviewer: Kevin D. Martin, PMP, PMI-ACP, SAFe SA
Review Date: May 2018

 



Introduction

Initially, the book title intrigued me, as an experienced leadership professional, trained in a variety of process and delivery disciplines, with the ability to properly deploy a framework in a customized manner, to meet the needs of the problem to be solved.  The book did not disappoint as I eagerly consumed each chapter.

It attempts to address the long-standing conflict between agile purists and the traditional project management crowds that has long caused me great concern and confusion, since I find so much common ground and appreciated the nuances among the practices to meet unique situations.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This second edition is well organized for both learning and coaching other professionals who are engaged in the complexity of delivering solutions in the fast-paced business environment, with high levels of quality, team engagement and rapid change.

Organized into twelve chapters, each standing alone on a specific element/theme, they build logically upon one another, from agile concepts, highlights of the four most common agile methods, through the discreet practices to operationalize and transition into an agile organization, in a very easy to read style, with plenty of charts and diagrams, to reinforce the reader’s learning.

Highlights

Great for the agile beginner, the author opens with the history and vision for the agile movement, the Agile Manifesto, principles and focuses on four of the most commonly deployed agile frameworks.  Extensive use of tables and charts, help to compare the differences among Scrum, Kanban, XP and Crystal, with an anchor in the terms used in traditional project delivery methods.

Highlights: What I liked!

I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book and will continue to use it as a desk reference for helping others who are confused or at the start of their agile journey.  The chapters, allow me to assess a root cause and quickly flip to the chapter that explores and explains some possible solutions to their unique problem.

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About the Reviewer


Kevin D. Martin, PMP, PMI-ACP

San Antonio, Texas, USA

 

 

 

Kevin D. Martin, PMP, PMI-ACP brings successful leadership, strategic & design thinking in project/program/portfolio practices in Information Technology, Call Center Operations and Project Management disciplines.  Actively involved in the vision & growth of this global award-winning Alamo PMI chapter, his focus is building and leading high performing teams to achieve business value and sustainable success.  His talents have benefited numerous Fortune 100 companies in the Oil and Gas, Banking, and Financial Services industries, in addition to various sports, volunteer and community service organizations.

Kevin is a graduate of St. Mary’s University – Bachelor of Applied Sciences and a holds a Master of Business Administration M.B.A.- Finance from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Darden Executive Education Program and the Leadership Development Program (LDP) at The Center for Creative Leadership.

Mr. Martin is a member of the faculty at the University of Texas – San Antonio, with a focus on project management and agile business practices to develop future leaders for delivering organizational and business value through innovation and continuous learning.

As a thought leadership expert and international speaker in high demand, he enjoys the variety and challenges at every scale of complexity and business development.  You can connect with him on social media, to find him facilitating teams, through mentoring or discussing timely topics over food and drink with other friends and colleagues.

Kevin, nicknamed “KMart,” is an avid reader, consuming 25-38 titles annually.  He is co-author of “Swimming in the Deep End,” a collection of his life-long experiences, while leading high performing teams to deliver amazing results.  His personal motto is “Dream Big, Work Hard and Give Back” and his passion and energy are nearly boundless.  Kevin is employed by USAA, and currently serving as the USAA Enterprise Practice Lead for Project Management & an Agile Coach, leading large multi-million-dollar investments, using Scrum, Kanban and SAFe practices.  He is on faculty for University of Texas – San Antonio and the UTSA Center for Professional Educational Excellence, delivering courses for executives, doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students.

A long-time resident of San Antonio, Kevin is a voracious business & leadership reader and leader in community and civic organizations. He is a devoted husband to his wife of 38 years – Cheryl, and they are blessed with three adult children, Jennifer, Matthew and Allison, all of them are leaders in their chosen professions.  He can be contacted at [email protected]

 

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

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