Publications

The following publications were produced by the IARM or in association with third parties in the agile or academic communities. See also our articles for additional materials. For further information please feel free to contact us.

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Managing Agile: Strategy, Implementation, Organisation and People (Springer Verlag, 2015)

This book examines agile approaches from a management perspective by focusing on matters of strategy, implementation, organization and people. It examines the turbulence of the marketplace and business environment in order to identify what role agile management has to play in coping with such change and uncertainty. Based on observations, personal experience and extensive research, it clearly identifies the fabric of the agile organization, helping managers to become agile leaders in an uncertain world.

The book opens with a broad survey of agile strategies, comparing and contrasting some of the major methodologies selected on the basis of where they lie on a continuum of ceremony and formality, ranging from the minimalist technique-driven and software engineering focused XP, to the pragmatic product-project paradigm that is Scrum and its scaled counterpart SAFe®, to the comparatively project-centric DSDM. Subsequently, the core of the book focuses on DSDM, owing to the method’s comprehensive elaboration of program and project management practices.
This work will chiefly be of interest to all those with decision-making authority within their organizations (e.g., senior managers, line managers, program, project and risk managers) and for whom topics such as strategy, finance, quality, governance and risk management constitute a daily aspect of their work. It will, however, also be of interest to those readers in advanced management or business administration courses (e.g., MBA, MSc), who wish to engage in the management of agile organizations and thus need to adapt their skills and knowledge accordingly.

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Agile Risk Management (Springer Verlag, 2014)

This work is the definitive guide for IT managers and agile practitioners. It elucidates the principles of agile risk management and how these relate to individual projects. Explained in clear and concise terms, this synthesis of project risk management and agile techniques is illustrated using the major methodologies such as XP, Scrum and DSDM.

Although the agile community frequently cites risk management, research suggests that risk is often narrowly defined and, at best, implicitly treated, which in turn leads to an inability to make informed decisions concerning risk and reward and a poor understanding of when to engage in risk-related activities. Moreover, the absence of reference to enterprise risk management means that project managers are unable to clearly articulate scope or tailor their projects in line with the wider expectations of the organisation. Yet the agile approach, with its rich toolset of techniques, is very well equipped to effectively and efficiently deal with the risks that arise in projects. Alan Moran addresses the above issues by proposing an agile risk-management process derived from classical risk management but adapted to the circumstances of agile projects. Though his main focus is on the software development process, much of what he describes could be applied to other types of IT projects as well.

This book is intended for anyone who is serious about balancing risk and reward in the pursuit of value for their stakeholders, and in particular for those directly involved in agile software development who share a concern for how risk should be managed. Whilst a thorough background in risk management is not presumed, a basic level of familiarity with or exposure to agility is helpful.

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Agile Risk Management and DSDM (DSDM Consortium, 2015)

The DSDM methodology that underpins the Agile Project Framework extends Agile beyond its traditional boundaries, incorporating along the way elements of quality, configuration and risk management to provide a truly enterprise aware approach to Agile Project Management. The DSDM Consortium in association with the Institute for Agile Risk Management have produced this pocketbook in order to describe in detail the application of Agile Risk Management to this framework, presenting advice and guidance in a concise but simple form that enables practitioners to apply these practices in their daily work.
EmbraceRisk Embrace Risk! An Agile Approach to Risk Management (IARM, 2014)

This whitepaper describes agile risk management in high level terms citing both the nature of risk and its perception within the agile community as well as the relevance and benefits of risk management. Providing a succinct overview of the core principles and practices of agile risk management, this complimentary publication introduces the reader to the fundamentals of how risk management can be applied to agile projects.
AgileRiskManagementScrumWhitepaper Agile Risk Management and Scrum (IARM, 2014)

This whitepaper outlines the relevance and benefits of agile risk management for those already using Scrum within their organizations. It introduces the principles and practices of agile risk management describing its artifacts as they relate to Scrum thereby enabling Scrum Masters, Product Owners and Development Team members to assess its value in their daily work.
AgileChartingSmall Agile Charting (IARM, 2014)

Agile charting is a simple but powerful tool for describing and managing agile processes through its ability to communicate intent and solicit feedback. This publication, written with the support of the agile community, presents the principles and key features of agile charting illustrating them citing numerous examples taken from mainstream methodologies and common agile practices.