Agile Project Management with Kanban

Eric Brechner

Published by

Microsoft Press

ISBN

978-0-7356-9895-6

RRP

£18.99

Reviewed by

Mr Raj Sharma, MBCS CITP, Senior Project Manager

Score

8 out of 10

Agile Project Management with Kanban looks at the way in which Kanban can be applied as an Agile technique whilst adhering to the Agile values and principles set out in the Agile Manifesto.

The book contains good examples of how to use Kanban boards as information radiators in Agile projects and how to identify bottlenecks and obstacles with a focus on controlling the work in progress (WIP). The book forms a good introduction to Kanban and whilst no prior Agile knowledge is required it would be useful to have at least some familiarity with key Agile concepts (e.g. Product Backlog) in order to get maximum benefit from the book.

Most Project Managers and practitioners using both traditional and Agile approaches are familiar with the Scrum framework and so the book also looks at how Kanban can work with Scrum. This hybrid methodology is known as Scrumban and is outlined in Chapter 5. The very essence of Kanban is on ‘pull’ technology and the book does a good job of explaining this from a ‘to do’ state to a ‘done’ state as part of continuous integration with examples.

The final chapter of the book explores the wider Agile concepts and thinking such as the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and also explains how Kanban can be used in a personal capacity rather than just for IT or software development projects.

The book is excellent value for money and is clearly laid out with the added benefit of being easy to read and follow. If the graphics and images were in colour this would certainly be a benefit to the overall user reading experience.

Further information: Microsoft Press

September 2016