H A N D B O O K
This handbook is meant to be a quick-starter guide to Agile Project
Management. It is meant for the following people:
Someone who is looking for a quick overview
on what Agile is and why it is awesome.
Someone who needs help getting their
head around Agile project management.
Someone who is scared to introduce
Agile on their next project.
Someone who needs help selling Agile
to their boss or client.
This guide is not meant to be the end-all-be-all to agile. Far from it. It is
meant to give busy people an overview of the framework and its
benefits in 15 minutes or less. The resources section lists recommended
books and companies that can provide more robust training on how to
WHO AM I?
And who am I to be writing about Agile?
My name is Emerson Taymor and I'm one
of the co-founders of Philosophie.
We build better solutions to digital problems. We help startups,
agencies and big companies with design and development. And we
practice agile. Over the years, I've seen waterfall and agile projects
succeed and fail. I've learned what makes them successful, and I've
fallen in love with the agile way. I hope to share some of what I have
learned within this short handbook.
Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.
AN AGILE OVERVIEW
Agile is a way to manage projects. It can be used for virtually
anything, but it was founded in software development. This
handbook focuses on agile for software development, but many of
the principles can be expanded to other fields.
Agile breaks down larger projects into small, manageable chunks
called iterations. At the end of each iteration (which generally takes
place over a consistent time interval) something of value is
produced. The product produced during each iteration should be
able to be put into the world to gain feedback from users or
Unlike Waterfall project management, wh