Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility

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Pearson Education, Oct 22, 2009 - Computers - 304 pages

Agile techniques have demonstrated immense potential for developing more effective, higher-quality software. However,scaling these techniques to the enterprise presents many challenges. The solution is to integrate the principles and practices of Lean Software Development with Agile’s ideology and methods. By doing so, software organizations leverage Lean’s powerful capabilities for “optimizing the whole” and managing complex enterprise projects.

A combined “Lean-Agile” approach can dramatically improve both developer productivity and the software’s business value.In this book, three expert Lean software consultants draw from their unparalleled experience to gather all the insights, knowledge, and new skills you need to succeed with Lean-Agile development.

Lean-Agile Software Development shows how to extend Scrum processes with an Enterprise view based on Lean principles. The authors present crucial technical insight into emergent design, and demonstrate how to apply it to make iterative development more effective. They also identify several common development “anti-patterns” that can work against your goals, and they offer actionable, proven alternatives.

Lean-Agile Software Development shows how to

  • Transition to Lean Software Development quickly and successfully
  • Manage the initiation of product enhancements
  • Help project managers work together to manage product portfolios more effectively
  • Manage dependencies across the software development organization and with its partners and colleagues
  • Integrate development and QA roles to improve quality and eliminate waste
  • Determine best practices for different software development teams

The book’s companion Web site, www.netobjectives.com/lasd, provides updates, links to related materials, and support for discussions of the book’s content.


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Managing Dependencies with Visual Controls
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Shorter Planning Cycles
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Learning a New
The Product Coordination Team
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Getting Teams to Work Together
The Role of Design in Software
Seeing Lean
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About the author (2009)

Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in Lean, Kanban, Scrum, Design Patterns, and Object-Orientation. Alan has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped his clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility and is currently writing Essential Skills for the Agile Developer. He has a Master of Science in Computer Science from MIT as well as a Master of Science in Mathematics from Emory University.

Guy Beaver is Vice-President, Enterprise Engagements and a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He is a technology executive with a track record of success in Lean-Agile implementations in large, mid-sized, and start-up organizations. He is a recognized expert in Lean, Agile, and Scrum technical development with a proven ability to lead, manage, and motivate organizations to realize significant productivity and quality improvements. He has over 25 years of experience in Software Engineering and IT across several industries including financial services, defense, and healthcare. Guy has a Master of Science in Physics from Wake Forest University.

James R. Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 20-year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is the co-author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, and the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams. He is a trainer and coach in the area of reflective practices, knowledge management, and process improvement and is a knowledge management consultant for international relief and development agencies. He has a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Hope International University. An Associate Technical Fellow of a large aerospace company, he has also worked in the energy industry, banking and finance, software development, and artificial intelligence.

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