New Book: The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility

I just finished reading this recently published book by Michele Sliger and Stacia Broderick (both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the field). This book fills a critical agile enterprise gap – that is how to transition from traditional project management to agile project management. Michele and Stacia, two long-time (neither will say how long….), certified project management professionals, describe how project managers can successfully transition to agile by “refocusing on facilitation and collaboration rather than command and control”.

For those with traditional project management training, Chapter 2 provides a framework for mapping the PMBOK (the Project Management Institutes Guide- Project Manager’s Body Of Knowledge) to agile techniques. The book is a unique perspective from two project management professionals who have been-there-and-done that and are now dedicated, over-the-top agilists (I mean that as a compliment). If you ever find yourself using any four or more of the following things – PMI, XP, PMBOK, Gantt, WBS, Scrum, PMP, PMO – in a single sentence, this is the book for you!

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