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Keeping it Agile: New book aimed at modernizing old software processes launches

Agile 2: The next iteration of Agile aims to provide updated and innovative processes and frameworks, 20 years on from the original movement

Some of the world’s most experienced software developers and training specialists have, today, launched their pioneering new book Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile. Derived from the original Agile theory, this practical guide presents an innovative, modern approach to enhancing all professional, team-based initiatives. Agile is a unique approach to project management and software development that enables teams to better deliver value to customers at a rapid pace. Agile 2 redefines those principles to enhance the value of software projects and other kinds of group initiatives, helping developers embrace a more modern approach to project management. The e-book of Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile is already ranked as Amazon’s number one release in project management.

This book is the first publication of its kind to adapt the existing Agile principles and rewrite them for the modern era. Containing expert insights into technology, innovation, leadership, product design, and collaboration, Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile aims to become a staple across the software development community and beyond, including all kinds of product development, encouraging long-needed debate over issues within the original methodology. Through the launch of this book, the authors of Agile 2 hope to encourage holistic thinking across the entire system, and for situational context to become a consideration for success. According to a recent study on Agile from PMI, introducing Agile methodologies generally comes with a lot of challenges. These include issues with communication, day-to-day operations, management buy-in, team interaction, changing culture and mindset, product design, and maintaining the project after implementation. Recent studies from Allied Market Research revealed that “63% of businesses stated the failure of Agile implementation in their organizations.”

Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile will help readers understand the limits to a now-traditional Agile methodology and bring nuance back to these issues, so that the core ideas are not lost, but are made more effective. It is the result of years of research by a group of fifteen highly-established, field-tested Agile experts, seven of whom have acted as authors and Co-Editors of the book. Theseinclude:

  • Clifford Berg – The founder of Agile 2 and consultant and founder of Agile Griffin, which specializes in merging Agile and DevOps, an entrepreneur and former CTO

  • Kurt Cagle – Community Editor of Data Science Central (Tech Target) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Cagle Report and author of 22 technology books

  • Lisa Cooney – Lisa currently serves as the Agile Coach at Axios, has a masters degree in instructional design and is an organizer of the annual NYC Business Agility Institute conference.

  • Philippa Fewell – Philippa is an experienced Agile consultant and is Managing Director of Agile Services for CC Pace

  • Adrian Lander – Founder of Agnostic Agile, a movement supported by 2500+ Agile practitioners, focusing on openness, inclusion and ethics in the practice of Agile

  • Raj Nagappan – Founder and CEO of Catum, a software startup in the product management area

  • Murray Robinson – Murray Robinson has 30 years of experience in IT working with organizations to design digital initiatives and organizations capable of realizing them and is an ICAgile Authorized Instructor.

Acting as a pragmatic companion guide, Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile shares visions and unique insights on how businesses can best navigate their transformation, digital or otherwise, in a more tailor-made manner, adding more value to product development  initiatives of all kinds. Created by a diverse team of experts from countries all around the globe including India, Australia, the US, and Vietnam, Agile 2 offers a unique vision for project management that is applicable across a range of cultures and disciplines. This book has been published by WILEY, the American multinational publishing company that focuses on academic publishing and instructional materials.

The original Agile Manifesto has received an increasing amount of criticism in recent years, including from one of its founding authors, Andrew Hunt, who in 2015 labeled the movement a failure due to how it had been molded into what he called ‘iron rules of a set of practice’ that do not change with the progression of time and speed of technology. In response to this and other critics, Agile 2 presents an updated approach that will revolutionize the project management landscape. You can find out more about the book by clicking here.

Speaking about the launch of Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile, Cliff Berg, Founder of Agile 2 and Co-Editor commented:

“WILEY is first-rate a global publisher and has been a fantastic partner in getting this book out. We tried hard to make Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile an easy read, and make it very real-world, which Agile 2 is. It is not idealist theory: it is what really works. It is what experienced Agile practitioners who have had P&L accountability and leadership experience know works. It tries to fill the gaps that exist in predominant Agile ideas, and add a lot of critically important things that are missing – such as dealing with data, and the many kinds of leadership and their utility. And Agile 2 acknowledges that today’s business generally occurs in a technology platform of some kind, and so one can no longer have a sharp divide between what is business and what is tech. That is a new reality and it has big implications for Agile and for how one approaches initiatives.”

Speaking about Agile 2: The Next Iteration of Agile, Dr. Rik Farenhorst, Chairman of DevOps Agile Skills Association enterprise leadership forum commented:

“The authors hit the nail with addressing key topics that are haunting many organizations, leaders, and teams, such as how to collaborate, communicate, value both experts and generalists and commit team capacity. They rightfully argue that how to adopt certain principles or how to interpret certain values depends on your organization’s needs and its current level of maturity. Using this book as your Agile guide, you can aim and navigate your transformation in a more tailor-made way, resulting in more business value. I expect this book to be found on many nightstands in the coming years.”