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The Concise Executive Guide to Agile (IEEE CS Press ReadyNotes) [Kindle Edition]

Israel Gat
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Four broad topics are covered in The Concise Executive Guide to Agile: rationale for Agile, implementing it, fitting it into your company, and scaling it to the enterprise level. The Guide targets executives from every function that Agile affects to provide them with the principles they need in order to become effective with an Agile initiative.

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  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press (June 27, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helping executives manages an Agile organization August 25, 2010
Executives are often left with few hand-holds for fitting Agile development into their usual management tasks - setting plans (including budget), measuring success and failure, using leadership to set the plans and spirit that teams operate under, the mechanics of scaling Agile to multiple teams at "big" companies, and most importantly being able to make business decisions with imperfect information.

In a quick 27 pages, Israel Gat covers the tasks management must take on introduce, manage, and then maintain Agile in their organization. Packed into this brief guide is enough information to bring an executive up to speed on what they should be doing if they've found themselves in charge of an Agile organization, or if they're trying to boot-strap to that state.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, Relevant and Awesome August 18, 2010
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I found The Concise Executive Guide to Agile to be extremely helpful and valuable. It is the most succinct and useful orientation to Agile that I have come across, and I'm confident that it will find an appreciative and large audience as new-to-Agile and Agile-minded leaders seek top-level and top-notch insights and information on the topic. Many questions answered, many ideas decrypted and framed in a practical business context as well as a development perspective. If you're interested in learning more about Agile development, executive or not, Mr. Gat's book is the perfect place to begin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bart Murphy August 9, 2010
I would highly recommend this book to any organizational leader looking to adopt Agile in their Enterprise. Israel leverages his own implementation experiences and more importantly, lessons learned along the way, to provide an extremely useful guide to begin your company's journey to agility. If you are looking to lead an Agile transformation in your organization, this book is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to get your head around this Agile Thing! August 9, 2010
I found a great summary of 10 years of learning about Agile. Israel wove together the keys from 15+ top authors and practitioners into a book you can quickly digest. Having lived this as a software executive and coach made him the perfect person to create this. His empathy for the reader makes you feel comfortable as he speaks to you in a causal form. I could see him sitting on the coach in front of me with that friendly smile.

Of course the best way to learn Agile is to do it. Israel provides the critical mental models necessary for you to form a theory before you start your next step. In my case, this book gave me some great words to describe what we have just been through. As a CTO, you need words for your troops and words for your executive peers. You should share this with your peers and your direct reports.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Subtle, and Clear August 7, 2010
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This guide brings the reader through big and small topics with just the right details to share Israel's own perspective, and give the reader flashes of insight. I found myself leaning further into each page still excited about the last light bulb idea I'd had.

I've already recommended this book to customers and partners alike because it speaks to the executive and management team's struggle to connect and align their organization - this book provides a roadmap both to understanding that problem, and knowing which steps to start with.

From advice whether to migrate Agile up or down-stream (sales or testing/ops), to highlighting the "battle of the spreadsheets", to using technical debt for governance, this book addresses the real issues faced with organizational Agile change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right time, the right story, the right language July 31, 2010
My personal journey as a software developer, a manager and an entrepreneur have convinced me of the advantages of Agile methods when they are embraced and applied. In my career I have interacted with hundreds of people and dozens of organizations practicing Agile methods at various levels of understanding and commitment with corresponding levels of success. My experiences have also led me to conclude that a critical success factor, perhaps THE critical factor, is understanding and empowering support from executive management.

'The Concise Executive Guide to Agile' is exactly what the title claims.

Israel outlines the benefits of Agile methods while providing practical executive advice based on data and experience. The delivery maintains the essence of Agile, which is essentially a developers movement, in the context of enabling business value and managing risk, but goes beyond superficial Agile cheerleading. The guide lays a foundation for executives to be comfortable with and unlock the creative potential of the people in their organizations with software processes that empower individuals. The book covers Agile 'What' at the right depth to provide the framework necessary to firmly establish Agile 'Why'.

Recommended reading for any executive whose organization is impacted by software development, especially those considering or in the midst of an Agile adoption. Israel's guide should also be valuable for developers and development managers struggling to win meaningful executive support and alignment with Agile processes.
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I have recently been instructing and coaching an organization on Scrum and other Agile methods. There was significant concern from most of the development teams and management that there was little commitment from executive management to support Agile adoption and its potential benefits to the company. When speaking with executive management this did not seem like the position I was hearing from them. I was asked how executive management could support the needs of the teams and make operational changes within the organization to better streamline value delivery for the company. After providing some high-level information with the little amount of time I had left, I recommended "The Concise Executive guide to Agile" to the CEO and asked him to share it with the rest of their executive team. I think this book will give them specific and concise information on what they can do to support the development organization implement optimizations effectively.
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