A Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development for Business Leaders

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CRC Press, Jun 24, 2009 - Business & Economics - 344 pages
This business parable reviews two different systems development projects. One project was an abject, expensive failure, while the other succeeded in creating a major new revenue stream, bringing in new customers. By reviewing the tales of these two systems, readers will develop a better understanding of what works and what doesn‘t when it comes to
 

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Contents

The TroubledRealEstate Information Management Project
3
The Cremins United Project
13
Chapter 3 Two Different Approaches to the Two Different Projects
27
Chapter 4 Understanding Lean and Agile Development
35
Chapter 5 The CU Project Team Will Follow The Process
47
Chapter 6 The CU Project Imposes Technology Architecture from the Top
53
How Iron Is the Triangle?
63
The CU Project Team Meets with Management
75
Chapter 17 The CU Project Leaders Visit the TRIM Team
169
Green for Go or Screaming Red?
185
TRIM Is OK but CU May Be in Trouble
203
Year 2 September 2006February 2007
211
Chapter 20 A Dismal Reality Check for the CUT Team
213
Managing Problems and Growth
227
Chapter 22 The CU Project Is Finally Officially Code Complete
243
Slip Charts and Some Towering Expertise Too Late
251

Chapter 9 Cutting CU Project Development Timeby a Year
83
Chapter 10 Planning the TRIM Project
87
Chapter 11 Planning and Managing TRIMs 1Month Sprints
101
Chapter 12 Status Update for Both Projects
109
Chapter 13 The CU Projects Buy versus Build Decision
119
Chapter 14 Drawing Boundaries and Tailoring Methods
133
A Bit behind Schedule but Catching Up
139
An Uneasy Transition
153
The Second 6 Months March 2006August 2006
167
The Beginning of the End The Last 6 Months of 2 Years of Work
261
Status Updates for Both Projects
263
Chapter 25 The Decision to Go Live with CU System
271
Final Lessons for Leaders
279
What We Learned from the TRIM and CU Projects
281
Index
297
Back cover
313
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Michael Levine spent a total of 25 years working undercover for four federal agencies. As an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration for 23 years, Levine would ultimately bring about the arrests of approximately 3,000 criminals, by posing as priests, Colombian and Puerto Rican drug merchants, and a mob leader. In this manner, he was able to corral millions of drug money dollars. As a Jew growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in South Bronx, New York City, Levine grew up pretending to be Puerto Rican and speaking fluent Spanish. Despite a couple of pre-adulthood arrests, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Later came marriage and the earning of an accounting degree at Hofstra University, an education financed through tending bar and playing saxophone. After graduation, he moved to the U.S. Treasury Department; this was followed by a stint in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Michael Levine survived impersonating drug dealers but he also faced the drug wars at home. He tried to get his brother David to kick the heroin habit by having him move into his home with Levine, his wife, and his family, but David would later commit suicide. Levine's daughter faced drug trouble as well. She was removed from the family through a court petition, but she later rejoined them. Michael Levine has chronicled life as a federal agent in such books as Deep Cover. He enjoys walks with his wife Laura Kavanu and dog in Ulster County, N.Y.

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