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Although in this series of post I have discussed Agile Project Management (APM) mainly for software development, APM can be applied to other product development projects. APM is not just about a project management process, it is about businesses being agile in this fast-pace environment. In the book you can also find discussion in detail about turning organizations into a self-organizing and creating self-disciplined teams. It is also amazing to see how different disciplines learn from each other. I am really excited about witnessing how agile development movement will affect the other disciplines. 

 

Software compared to other types of product is a more malleable product. APM helps us to use this advantage and implement low-cost experimentation. By using the basic principles of APM (to name some of them iterative development, iterative deployment, release plan, simple design, frequent integration, ruthless testing, opportunistic refactoring etc) development teams will not fear from the change instead welcome the change to show the power of their adaptability.

 

Since APM favors adaptation throughout the development of the product, it becomes harder to estimate the budget and time requirement of the project upfront. However agility is the activity to balance planning and responding to the change, in the book you will still find different techniques in your estimations. I think it really fills a needed project management approach especially for agile software development.

Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 1:55 PM Book Reviews , Agile Project Management | Back to top


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