The book includes insights from the following experts:

  • Naomi Caietti, The Glass Breakers, Founder and CEO
  • Max Walker, Novacoast, Project Manager
  • Hala Saleh, 27Sprints, LLC, Founder
  • Tres Roeder, Roeder Consulting, President
  • Ed Wallington, Esri UK, Project Manager
  • Stephanie Davis, Cox Target Media / Valpak, Senior Director of Enterprise Agility & Digital Product Leadership
  • Soma Bhattacharya, ADP, Sr. Consultant
  • Neil Walker, Royal Mail, Projects Manager
  • Saverio Losito, Santer Reply SpA, Business Development and Social Media Marketing Manager
  • Bob Hartman, Agile For All, Founder & Partner, Certified Scrum Trainer & Coach
  • Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc., Owner
  • Robert Kelly, Lenovo, PMO Lead, NA Services Delivery
  • Peter Taylor, Kronos, Head of Global PMO
  • Sara Broca, Quasutra, Independent Consultant
  • Margaret Meloni, Meloni Coaching Solutions, Inc., President
  • Jeff Furman, NYU School of Professional Studies and Management Concepts Press, PMP Project Management Instructor
  • Susanne Madsen, Susanne Madsen International Ltd., Project Leadership Coach, Trainer, Consultant and Speaker
  • Jo Ann Sweeney, Sweeney Communications Ltd, Project Communications Consultant
  • Paul Cable, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Project Manager
  • Dave Gordon, The Practicing IT Project Manager LLC, Project Manager and Blogger

Waterfall to Agile was generously sponsored by Workfront.

One reality we all face in a world of accelerating business cycles is the need to respond more quickly to business demands. This has placed greater pressure on projects to deliver faster and more accurately than ever before. Many businesses are adopting more Agile project management strategies that tackle complex projects incrementally. Although there are compelling arguments for approaching complex projects in this way, many companies’ experiences with Agile have ranged from difficult to disastrous.

With the generous support of Workfront, we have undertaken to learn more about the challenges of transitioning to Agile by posing the following question to 20 top project management and Agile experts:

What are some tips and secrets you can provide to project leaders and teams making the transition to Agile or transitioning to a mix of Agile and Waterfall? Please share a personal story.

This excellent collection of essays reveals traps some managers fall into that derail their attempts at transitioning from Waterfall to Agile. The experts also highlight keys to success, an important one being the need for good communication within and across teams. One big take-away from these project management professionals is that becoming more Agile is a huge cultural transition that requires commitment at all levels within the business.

I believe that the insights that these experts provide will be of great interest and value to anyone trying to improve their project management processes.