Today, the pace of project management moves faster. Project management needs to become more flexible and far more responsive to customers. Using Agile Project Management (APM), project managers can achieve all these goals without compromising value, quality, or business discipline. In Agile Project Management, Second Edition, renowned agile pioneer Jim Highsmith thoroughly updates his classic guide to APM, extending and refining it to support even the largest projects and organizations.

“This book is one of the very best on the topic of agile methods for project management, offering profound concepts and actionable guidelines. Stressing the need to abandon the old paradigm of ‘following a plan with minimal changes,’ in favor of ‘adapting
successfully to inevitable changes,’ this book is one of those rare book suitable for both novice and seasoned project managers.” – Alexander Laufer, Director, Center for Project Leadership, Columbia University, author Breaking the Code of Project Management

Writing for project leaders, managers, and executives at all levels, Highsmith integrates the best project management, product management, and software development practices into an overall framework designed to support unprecedented speed and mobility. The many topics added in this new edition include incorporating agile values, scaling agile projects, release planning, portfolio governance, and enhancing organizational agility. Project and business leaders will especially appreciate Highsmith’s new coverage of promoting agility through performance measurements based on value, quality, and constraints.

This edition’s coverage includes:

  • Understanding the agile revolution’s impact on product development
  • Recognizing when agile methods will work in project management, and when they won’t
  • Setting realistic business objectives for Agile Project Management
  • Promoting agile values and principles across the organization
  • Utilizing a proven Agile Enterprise Framework that encompasses governance, project and iteration management, and technical practices
  • Optimizing all five stages of the agile project: Envision, Speculate, Explore, Adapt, and Close
  • Organizational and product-related processes for scaling agile to the largest projects and teams
  • Agile project governance solutions for executives and management
  • The “Agile Triangle”: measuring performance in ways that encourage agility instead of discouraging it
  • The changing role of the agile project leader

Available through

“Jim Highsmith is one of a few modern writers who are helping us understand the new nature of work in the knowledge economy.” – Rob Austin. Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

“This is the project management book we’ve all been waiting for – the book that effectively combines agile methods and rigorous project management. Not only does this book help us make sense of project management in this current world of iterative, incremental agile methods but the book is an all-around good read!” – Lynne Ellyn, Sr. VP & CIO, DTE Energy

“Jim Highsmith has put all this together into a kind of survey introduction to the agile methodologies. He has had the good sense to present this not just as a discussion of concept, but to tell it as a story. As in any good story, it is the people who matter most. And so he tells us about agile approaches by telling us about its principal advocates and inventors, people like Kent Beck, Alistair Cockburn, Martin Fowler, and the other ‘light methodologists.’ These are the minds that are changing how IT gets done. Their story is what Agile Software Development Ecosystems is all about.” – Tom DeMarco

Available through

“This is very likely the best book about software process that you will ever read.”
– Scott Ambler, IBM.

Winner of the 11th Annual Software Development Magazine JOLT Cola award for Product Excellence

Available through