Becoming Agile: In an Imperfect World

Becoming Agile: In an Imperfect World

by Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933988252
Publisher: Manning Publications Company
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 851,471
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Greg Smith is a certified ScrumMaster and a Senior Project Manager. Greg is also an instructor of Agile Project Management at Bellevue Community College. Greg has over 20 years of experience as a development manager, project manager, business analyst, and product manager. He has worked for large conglomerates, tiny start-ups, and medium size companies including: Philips Electronics, R.R. Donnelley, Oh Boy! Oberto, and the Seattle Times New Media group. Greg helps companies create a custom agile process that supports the realities of their environment. Greg's focus has been on iteratively migrating a company to agile and actively involving the development team in the process. This background has given him insight into what it takes to sustain an agile culture and process over time.

Dr. Ahmed Sidky guides organizations during their transition to agile software development. His research includes a value-based agile measurement index, known as the Sidky Agile Measurement Index, and a process framework for the adoption of agile practices. Dr. Sidky developed Dr. Agile (, an online readiness assessment tool that helps guide organizations aspiring to adopt agile practices. He has worked as a software developer at some of the largest software firms in the Middle East and holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Virginia Tech (USA) with a research focus on Requirements Engineering and a doctorate in Agile Software Development Methodologies and Process Improvement. Dr. Sidky is a frequent speaker at international agile conferences.

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savageknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone looking to implement Agile within their organization could do worse than turning to this book for help. It has a solid plan and walks you through the many possible pitfalls to avoid while giving you the information you need to implement using best practices that will "stick".I particularly enjoyed the approach of Adapting what exists with what already works for you - which is somewhat against what too many purists are preaching. I also believe in the adapting process since every business and every industry has their own constraints which need to be included in whatever format/ flavor you decide to introduce.I found this to be a light refresher although there was nothing new for me. I have been running Agile Projects and Teams as well as doing some Coaching for almost 5 years now so I've come across most of what was discussed. Still, it was a worthwhile read.