Book Notes: Agile Excellence for Product Management - Greg Cohen

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Book for product managers making the switch to Agile development as well as product owners and project managers looking for better ways to organize and lead in their companies.

Summary

Title: Agile Excellence for Product Management
Author: Greg Cohen
Themes: Agile, Career, Cases, Technology, Management, Business
Year: 2010
Publisher: Happy About
ISBN: 160773074X, 9781607730743
Pages: 152

Organizations are constantly struggling with complex development projects and are in search for a few, straightforward, and easy-to-learn methods to help deal with their problems. 

For this reason, more and more software companies are rapidly turning to Agile development to cope with fast-changing markets, unknown or changing product requirements, borderless competition, and to solve complex problems. 

Yet little has been written to guide product managers through the transition in working with Agile teams and the numerous benefits that it affords.

Agile Excellence for Product Managers is a plain-speaking guide on how to work with Agile development teams to achieve phenomenal product success. 

William Meller - Agile Excellence for Product Management - Greg Cohen

It covers the why and how of agile development the role of product management, release planning, release management, road mapping, creating and prioritizing a product backlog, documentation, product launches, organizational implications and more. 

It is a must-read for product managers making the switch to Agile development as well as product owners and project managers looking for better ways to organize and lead in their companies.


Chapter 1 - Why Agile is Good for Product Management
   Traditional Software Development
   The Cost of Change
   Agile Software Development
   What’s In It For You?
   Why now?
   The Agile Manifesto
   The Common Threads of Agile
   Why Agile Works
   Product Management Just Got Better

Chapter 2 - Understanding Scrum
   Overview of Scrum
   An Iteration
   The Scrum Team
   Sprint Planning
   Daily Standup
   Feedback and the Role of Unit Testing
   Sprint Review
   Sprint Retrospective
   Sprint Termination

Chapter 3 - Release Management
   Sizing Requirements
   Managing Velocity and Tracking Releases
   Managing an Iteration

Chapter 4 - Release Planning
   Create the Product Backlog
   Map Sprints to the Release and Product Backlog
   Iteration Planning Exercise
   Iteration Planning Exercise Answer
   Working Across Multiple Iterations
   Defining Requirements as Needed
   The Role of User Experience Design in Agile

Chapter 5 - Documentation
   User Stories
   Non-Functional Requirements
   Splitting Stories
   Other Documents

Chapter 6 - Starting Out
   Selecting the Team
   Creating a Product Strategy
   The Release Plan
   Creating the Product Backlog in a Hurry
   Prioritizing the Product Backlog by Business Value
   Selecting an Iteration Length
   Estimating Stories
   Testing and Beta Strategies
   Impact on Sales and Marketing

Chapter 7 - Organizing Around Agile
   Who Should Be Doing What?
   Managing Multiple Projects
   Obstacles to Team Performance

Chapter 8 - A Look at Extreme Programming and Lean Software Development
   Extreme Programming
   Lean Software Development

Chapter 9 - Conclusion
   Process Maturity and Agile
   Sweet Spots for Agile Development
   Organizational Agility Trade-Offs
   Agile Product Management Review
   Leadership
   Visibility, Flexibility, and Quality


Greg Cohen is the founder of Agile Excellence LLC, a boutique product management consulting firm focused on connecting the latest thinking in new product development and strategy to product management theory and practice.

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