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- Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press (June 27, 2010)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TZLNKY
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The Concise Executive Guide to Agile (IEEE CS Press ReadyNotes) Kindle Edition
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'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.
Israel's new executive guide starts at the bottom, defining agile as a "software method" and relating it to software development. He also describes the origin of agile methods and their value system (i.e., customer collaboration, iterative and incremental development, teamwork, and flexibility). His guide then sharply rises to what he views as higher-level management concerns. Israel asserts that executives cannot grasp agile methods unless they can be related to an executive's concerns, namely risk, corporate strategy, and organizational culture.
Four broad topics are covered in "The Concise Executive Guide to Agile":
1. Rationale for Agile.
2. Implementing it.
3. Fitting it into your company.
4. Scaling it to the enterprise level.
The "Rationale for Agile" describes the market, business, and technological conditions leading to the demand for agile methods. This includes a brief discussion of the economic costs and benefits of agile methods.
"How to Implement Agile" discusses project selection/justification, risk mitigation strategies, departmental alignment, portfolio management, governance, and IT outsourcing/offshoring.Read more ›
Many people mistakenly approach Agile as "a thing the engineering team does". This book explains exactly why this thinking will limit your success when adopting Agile methods, and how in fact to best anticipate and approach the coming changes. For those of you who have already gotten Agile off the ground you will learn how to thoroughly incorporate the process into the corporate culture.
The book will help you to flexibly navigate the hurdles inherent in selling and succeeding with Agile in your business: i.e. existing methodologies, outsourcing, diverse geographies, resistance to change, and the rest. They are all explained here by someone who has apparently already successfully fought the battles. A great read!
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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,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Michael Cote
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... Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by Mike Donovan Hausler
I would highly recommend this book to any organizational leader looking to adopt Agile in their Enterprise. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Barton Murphy
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. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Ryan Martens
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. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by John Heintz
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... Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Chris Sterling
Israel Gat is passionate about the meaning of work and the immense satisfaction and joy of creating innovative teams. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Michael Mah
As Dr. Gat articulates, Agile projects may be R&D-borne but to constrain them as an R&D initiative not only does the implementation a disservice but a disservice to the broader... Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by Sean
A must read for any organization leader dependant on software whether it be for software for internal operations or software features built for customer sales. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Jennifer
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