REVIEW - Agile Project Management - Creating Innovative Products

Title:

Agile Project Management - Creating Innovative Products

Author:

Jim Highsmith

ISBN:

9780321219770

Publisher:

Addison-Wesley (2004)

Pages:

229pp

Reviewer:

Alan Lenton

Reviewed:

August 2004

Rating:

★★★☆☆

one of the best I've read on the subject of project management.

After reading the first couple of chapters I was starting to get a little leery of this book, but then suddenly it changed completely, to become one of the best I've read on the subject of project management. The problem was that the book tries to mix advocacy for agile development with hard-headed, well written, how-to-do-it material.

The advocacy stuff is in the first few chapters, and lays it on with a trowel, but once you get through that section of the book, there follows an excellent exposition of agile project management strategies and techniques.

However, this book isn't just for agile practitioners, it also has valuable insights for those who are managing non-agile projects. The book's particular strengths are in its discussions of leadership, and the decision making process. I don't think I've ever seen a decent discussion on decision making before.

The book does deal with the management of large teams, but not in enough detail for my liking, which is unfortunate, because that seems to be where I hear the most criticisms of agile development strategies.

All in all, a useful book, both for project managers and for programmers who have project managers they need to train!

Definitely recommended.


Book cover image courtesy of Open Library.