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Agile Risk Management

  • The definitive treatment of risk management in agile projects

  • Clear and concise illustration of the application of risk management to agile methodologies like XP, Scrum, and DSDM

  • Blend of research and practice that introduces new tools for agile management of risk


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Computer Science book series (BRIEFSCOMPUTER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alan Moran
    Pages 1-16
  3. Alan Moran
    Pages 17-32
  4. Alan Moran
    Pages 33-60
  5. Alan Moran
    Pages 61-85
  6. Alan Moran
    Pages 87-94
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 95-101

About this book


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.


Agile software development DSDM Project management Risk management Scrum XP

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ZurichSwitzerland

About the authors

Alan Moran is an experienced agilist with over a decade experience in software development, architecture and IT management spanning the engineering, financial and public sectors. He has a keen interest in establishing and optimizing agile processes and has a passion for embedding agile principles in IT management. He is a certified agile project manager, a chartered member (CITP) of the BCS and an MBA graduate. On occasion he is invited to speak on matters relating to agility and enjoys exchanging his views with fellow practitioners.

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From the book reviews:

“In this book, the author introduces a methodology for agile risk management in software development. … The book is definitely relevant, instructive, practical, worth reading, and recommended to agile software development practitioners.” (Ernest Ketcha Ngassam, Computing Reviews, October, 2014)