Agile project management for dummies, 2da Edition – Mark C. Layton

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Agile Project Management For Dummies, Second Edition.

Welcome to Agile Project Management For Dummies. Agile project management has grown to be as common as any management technique in business today. Over the past decade and a half, we have trained and coached companies big and small, all over the world, about how to successfully run agile projects. Through this work, we found that there was a need to write a digestible guide that the average person could understand and use.

In this book, we will clear up some of the myths about what agile project management is and what it is not. The information in this book will give you the confidence to know you can be successful using agile techniques.

About This Book.

Agile Project Management For Dummies, 2nd Edition is more than just an introduction to agile practices and methodologies; you also discover the steps to execute agile techniques on a project. The material here goes beyond theory and is meant to be a field manual, accessible to the everyday person, giving you the tools and information you need to be successful with agile processes in the trenches of project management.

Foolish Assumptions.

Because you’re reading this book, you might have a passing familiarity with project management. Perhaps you are a project manager, a member of a project team, or a stakeholder on a project. Or perhaps you don’t have experience with formal project management approaches but are looking for a solution now. You may even have heard the term agile and want to know more. Or you might already be part of a project team that’s trying to be more agile.

Regardless of your experience or level of familiarity, this book provides insights you may find interesting. If nothing else, we hope it brings clarity to any confusion or myths regarding agile project management you may have encountered.

About the Authors.

Mark C. Layton, known globally as Mr. Agile, is an organizational strategist and Scrum Alliance certification instructor with over 20 years in the project/program management field. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Leadership Network, the author of the international Scrum For Dummies and Agile Project Management For Dummies book series (both published by Wiley), the creator of the Agile Foundations Complete Video Course with Pearson Education, and the founder of Platinum Edge, LLC — an organizational improvement company that supports businesses making the waterfall-to-agile transition.

Prior to founding Platinum Edge in 2001, Mark developed his expertise as a consulting firm executive, a program management coach, and an in-the-trenches project leader. He also spent 11 years as a Cryptographic Specialist for the US Air Force, where he earned both Commendation and Achievement medals for his accomplishments.

Mark holds MBAs from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National University of Singapore; a B.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Behavioral Science from Pitzer College/University of La Verne; and an A.S. in Electronic Systems from the Air Force’s Air College. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force’s Leadership School, a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a recipient of Stanford University’s advanced project management certification (SCPM), and a certified Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SAFe SPC).

In addition to his books and videos, Mark is a frequent speaker at major conferences on Lean, Scrum, XP, and other agile solutions.

Additional information can be found at platinumedge.com.

Steven J Ostermiller is a coach, mentor, and trainer empowering leaders, teams, and individuals to become more agile. Steve is co-founder and organizer of Utah Agile (sponsored by Agile Alliance, Scrum Alliance, and Agile Leadership Network), a professional community committed to increasing agility for Utah businesses, technology, and individuals. He developed and taught a business college’s agile project management curriculum and serves on its project management advisory board. Steve was also technical editor on projects such as Scrum For Dummies and Pearson Education’s Agile Foundations Complete Video Course. He also occasionally speaks and writes about his experience with agile techniques for households.

Steve facilitates Platinum Edge, LLC’s agile transformation engagements through audit, recruiting, training, and embedded coaching. He has worked with executive leadership and individual teams in finance, healthcare, media, entertainment, defense and energy, local and state government, logistics, ecommerce, manufacturing, ERP implementations, PMO development, startups, and nonprofits. He is a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP), and holds a B.S. in Business Management/Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Steve spends as much time as possible with his adorable wife and their five charming children in Utah living their dreams, one home-cooked meal at a time.


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