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10 Valuable Resources for Agile Professionals

By Mark C. Layton

Many organizations, websites, blogs, and companies exist to provide information about and support for agile project management. To help you get started, here’s a list of valuable resources to support your journey to agile project management.

Agile Project Management For Dummies online cheat sheet

You can use this online cheat sheet as you start implementing the agile values and principles from the Agile Manifesto.You’ll find how-to guides, tools, templates, and other helpful resources for your agile toolkit.

Scrum For Dummies

You can use Scrum For Dummies (Wiley) as a field guide not only to scrum but also to scrum in industries and business functions outside information technology (IT) and software development. Scrum can be applied in any situation where you want early empirical feedback on what you’re building or pursuing on a project.

Learn about scrum in industries such as game software development and tangible goods production (construction, manufacturing, hardware development) and in services such as healthcare, education, and publishing.

Explore scrum’s applications in business functions, including operations, portfolio management, human resources, finance, sales, marketing, and customer service.

And in everyday life, see how scrum can help you organize your pursuits of dating, family life, retirement planning, and education.

The Scrum Alliance

The Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit professional membership organization that promotes the understanding and usage of scrum. The alliance achieves this goal by promoting scrum training and certification classes, hosting international and regional scrum gatherings, and supporting local scrum user communities. The Scrum Alliance site is rich in blog entries, white papers, case studies, and other tools for learning and working with scrum.

The Agile Alliance

The Agile Alliance is the original global agile community, with a mission to help advance the 12 Agile Principles and common agile practices, regardless of approach. The Agile Alliance site has an extensive resources section that includes articles, videos, presentations, and an index of independent agile community groups across the world.

The Project Management Institute Agile Community

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the largest nonprofit project management membership association in the world. It has more than 400,000 members and a presence in more than 200 countries. PMI supports an agile community of practice and an agile certification, the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

The PMI website provides information and requirements for certification along with access to papers, books, and seminars about agile project management. PMI members can also access PMI’s agile community website, with an extensive knowledge center including blog posts, forums, webinars, and information about local agile networking events.

International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile)

ICAgile is a community-driven organization helping people become agile through education, awareness, and certification. Its learning roadmap provides career path development support in business agility, enterprise and team agile coaching, value management, delivery management, agile engineering, agile testing, and DevOps.

InfoQ

InfoQ is an independent online community with a prominent agile section offering news, articles, video interviews, video presentations, and minibooks, all written by domain experts in agile techniques. The resources at InfoQ tend to be high quality, and the content is both unique and relevant to the issues facing agile project teams.

Lean Enterprise Institute

Lean Enterprise Institute publishes books, blogs, knowledge bases, news, and events for the broader community of lean thinkers and practitioners. As you pursue agile project management, remember to incorporate lean thinking in all that you do. Lean.org is a good launching pad for you to explore the lean topics relevant to your situation.

Extreme Programming

Ron Jeffries was one of the originators of the extreme programming (XP) development approach, along with Kent Beck and Ward Cunningham. Ron provides resources and services in support of XP’s advancement on his ronjeffries.com site. Other articles and extreme programming resources are also available in wiki format.

Platinum Edge

Since 2001, the team at Platinum Edge has been helping companies maximize organizational return on investment (ROI). Visit our blog to get the latest insights on practices, tools, and innovative solutions emerging from our work with Global 1000 companies and the dynamic agile community.

The following services are also provided:

  • Agile audits: Auditing your current organizational structure and processes to create an agile implementation strategy that delivers bottom-line results.
  • Recruiting: With access to the best agile and scrum talent, they help you find the right people to bootstrap your scrum projects, including scrum masters, scrum product owners, and scrum developers.
  • Training: Public and private customized corporate agile and scrum training and certification, regardless of your level of knowledge. In addition to custom and non-certified training options, the following certification are offered:
    • Certified ScrumMaster classes (CSM)
    • Certified Scrum Product Owner classes (CSPO)
    • Certified Scrum Developer classes (CSD)
    • SAFe Scaled Agile training and implementations
    • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) test preparation classes
  • Transformation: Nothing is a larger factor of future success than proper coaching. They follow up on agile training with embedded agile coaching and mentoring to ensure that the right practices occur in the real world.