The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility: Chapter 5, Scope Management

Michele Sliger and Stacia Broderick

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discusses the agile approach to scope creep, which is quite different from waterfall scope management.

Book description:

When software development teams move to agile methods, experienced project managers often struggle -- doubtful about the new approach and uncertain about their new roles and responsibilities. In this book, two long-time certified Project Management Professionals (PMPRs) and Scrum trainers have built a bridge to this dynamic new paradigm. They show experienced project managers how to successfully transition to agile by refocusing on facilitation and collaboration, not "command and control."

The authors begin by explaining how agile works: how it differs from traditional "plan-driven" methodologies, the benefits it promises, and the real-world results it delivers. Next, they systematically map the Project Management Institute's classic, methodology-independent techniques and terminology to agile practices. They cover both process and project lifecycles and carefully address vital issues ranging from scope and time to cost management and stakeholder communication. Finally, drawing on their own extensive personal experience, they put a human face on your personal transition to agile -- covering the emotional challenges, personal values, and key leadership traits you'll need to succeed.

Coverage includes:

  • Relating the PMBOKR Guide ideals to agile practices: similarities, overlaps, and differences.

  • Understanding the role and value of agile techniques such as iteration/release planning and retrospectives.

  • Using agile techniques to systematically and continually reduce risk.

  • Implementing quality assurance (QA) where it belongs: in analysis, design, defect prevention, and continuous improvement.

  • Learning to trust your teams and listen for their discoveries.

  • Procuring, purchasing, and contracting for software in agile, collaborative environments.

  • Avoiding the common mistakes software teams make in transitioning to agile.

  • Coordinating with project management offices and non-agile teams.

  • "Selling" agile within your teams and throughout your organization.
For every project manager who wants to become more agile.

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This chapter is an excerpt from the new book, "The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility" by Michele Sliger and Stacia Broderick, published by Addison-Wesley Professional, May 2008, ISBN 0321502752, Copyright 2008. Available at http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321502752 or for Safari Books Online subscribers, http://safari.informit.com/9780321572783.

This was first published in June 2008

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