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ISBN-13: 978-0321803016
ISBN-10: 0321803019
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About the Author

Alan W. Brown is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational software. Alan's current role is IBM Rational Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Europe where he works with customers across Europe consulting on software engineering strategy as it pertains to enterprise solutions, process improvement, and the transition to agile practices. In this role, Alan engages in strategic discussions in areas such as enterprise solution delivery, software delivery economics, and distributed software and systems delivery. Alan has worked in many strategic roles in the software industry in Europe and the United States, including Vice President of Research and Development at Sterling Software, Research Manager at Texas Instruments Software, and as a senior technical staff member at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Alan has published more than fifty papers, authored four books, and edited three books. Alan holds a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321803019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321803016
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,280,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Smith on January 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a book that sums up any large organisation with a software delivery function. It certainly matches the experiences in my last company but also matches the many case studies I have heard from my colleagues over the years.

It starts by defining enterprise software delivery, noting it uses the word delivery and not development. This is on purpose as software development is only useful when in the hands of the end-user.

The key focus areas are:
* software supply chain and factories - a large portion of the book points to understanding the entire delivery process and understanding how to deal with distributed teams (whether they be within the organisation or partnered or near or offshore)
* collaboration - the importance of collaboration and the use of collaborative delivery environments (CDE) and collaborative application lifecycle management (CALM)
* agile - the importance of agile and approaches to rolling out and scaling in the enterprise
* quality - the importance of building quality in as well as quality of the team and its relationships
* governance - measuring your delivery and managing your team and partnerships effectively
* future - trends that are starting to effect enterprise software delivery including cloud, multisourcing, crowdsourcing and mobile

The Agile portion of the book had me either in agreement or in a couple of cases opposition. I could understand the viewpoint of the author -- for example the use of software testing factories which I think removes a lot of the collaboration that is possible with Agile testing techniques and tooling. The author is the CTO for IBM Rational in Europe and as a result a lot of IBM thinking comes through in the ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Lu on January 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
This books covers a wide range of, if not all, important topics in building and shipping large scale software products. It provided good overview of the challenges presented in every stage of software development and best practices in mitigating risks, managing quality, and delivering business values. The depth of discussion and elaboration on each topic are appropriate considering the scope of this book.

I would use this book as a reference book for at various stages of a project to do a health check on my practices, for instance, for my next project, I can easily produces a check list of issues to watch for, best practices to follow, and metrics to monitor, etc. This would be the biggest benefit I get out of this book.

I would speculate that the target audience of this book are people who already have significant large scale software development experiences (developers, managers, executive), who had been in the trenches, struggled with and solved some of the problems presented in this book, and have first hand experiences to relate to the case studies, observations and conclusions in the book.

For new comers to software development field, this book feel dry and challenging to read.
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What I like most about the book is how well it bridges the gap between taking "quantum-agility" at the level of individual teams, projects, and products and successfully reconciles it with the "organizational gravity" of the large-scale globally-distributed enterprise. It includes the practical realities and detail-level in its descriptions and doesnt get overly abstract, while at the same time successfully showing how to acknowledge the realities of large-scale corporation with many different-but-interconnected portfolios and product-lines across many departments and locations.

Delivery agility globally at scale means not just having practices and advice for team-level and enterprise-level activities and concerns but also for each level of scale in between them (for example, how to scale continuous integration across a portfolio of products using not just continuous integration builds, but also other levels of integration at build that need to happen at different but coordinated frequency so that each level happens at the right "cadence" i relation to the levels above, below, and surrounding it.)

The descriptions and case-studies in the book show how to connect the agile-dots between the big-picture of enterprise-wide solution-delivery with the smaller and medium-size pictures at the team, department, and site-levels across multiple functions and products.
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Enterprise Software Delivery details valuable concepts and practices for software professionals working in large software development organizations competing in the global marketplace. It bridges a gap in our knowledge about how to achieve both efficiency and agility in global software delivery.

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