- Series: IBM Press
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132810131
- ISBN-13: 978-0132810135
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise (IBM Press) 1st Edition
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“Mark and Scott not only made me think, they reminded me of lots of things that I had forgotten. Things that the agile fashion police have made uncool to talk about. This book is not about fashionable agile; it is about serious change, and it should be required reading for any change leader.”
--Dave West, chief product officer, Tasktop, and former VP and research director Forrester Research
“Finally, a practical down-to-earth guide that is true to agile values and principles while at the same time acknowledging the realities of the business and the bigger picture. You will find no purist dogma here, nor any hype or hyperbole. Ambler and Lines show how to navigate the varied contexts and constraints of both team-level and enterprise-level needs to hit the agile ‘sweet spot’ for your team and attain the real benefits of sustainable agility. I wish I’d had this book ten years ago!”
--Brad Appleton, agile/lean development champion for a large fortune 150 telecommunications company
“We have found the guidance from Disciplined Agile Delivery to be a great help in customizing our PMO governance for agile projects at CP Rail. The book will definitely be on the must-read list for teams using agile delivery.”
--Larry Shumlich, project manager coach, Canadian Pacific Railway
“This book is destined to become the de facto standard reference guide for any organization trying to apply agile/scrum in a complex environment. Scott and Mark provide practical guidance and experiences from successful agile teams on what it takes to bring an end-to-end agile delivery lifecycle to the enterprise.”
--Elizabeth Woodward, IBM agile community leader, coauthor of A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum
“There are many ways to achieve the benefits of agility, so it’s really encouraging to see a pragmatic and usable ‘umbrella’ description that encapsulates most of these without becoming a diluted kind of ‘best of’ compilation, or a one-size-fits-all. Great reading for anyone orientating themselves in an ever-growing and complex field.”
--Nick Clare, agile coach/principal consultant, Ivar Jacobson International
“Scott and Mark have compiled an objective treatment of a tough topic. Loaded with insights from successful application under game conditions, this book strikes a good balance between progressive agilists looking to accelerate change and conservative organizational managers looking for scalable solutions.”
--Walker Royce, chief software economist, IBM
“Disciplined Agile Delivery, a hybrid and experience-based approach to software delivery, reflects the growing trend toward pragmatism and away from the anti-syncretism that has plagued the software development industry for over 40 years. I commend Scott and Mark for writing this book and showing the leadership necessary to take our profession to the next level.”
--Mark Kennaley, CTO, Software-Development-Experts.com; author of SDLC 3.0: Beyond a Tacit Understanding of Agile
“I’ve seen ‘certified agile’ run rampant in an organization and create more severe problems than it solved. Finally, we have a definitive source on how to apply agile pragmatically with discipline to deliver success. Thanks, Scott and Mark.”
--Carson Holmes, EVP, service delivery, Fourth Medium Consulting, Inc.
About the Author
Scott W. Ambler is Chief Methodologist for IT with IBM Rational, working with IBM customers around the world to help them to improve their software processes. In addition to Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), he is the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), Agile Unified Process (AUP), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and creator of the Agile Scaling Model (ASM). Scott is the (co-)author of 20 books, including Refactoring Databases, Agile Modeling, Agile Database Techniques, The Object Primer, 3rd Edition, and The Enterprise Unified Process. Scott is a senior contributing editor with Dr. Dobb’s Journal. His personal home page is www.ambysoft.com.
Mark Lines co-founded UPMentors in 2007. He is a disciplined agile coach and mentors organizations on all aspects of software development. He is passionate about reducing the huge waste in most IT organizations and demonstrates hands-on approaches to speeding execution and improving quality with agile and lean techniques. Mark provides IT assessments and executes course corrections to turn around troubled projects. He writes for many publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Mark is also an instructor of IBM Rational and UPMentors courses on all aspects of software development. His Web site is www.UPMentors.com.
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This book is essential reading for managers in the software space, IMO. Scott and Mike manage to describe the principles and practices of DAD in a manner that does not come across as evangelistic like so many Agile books and proponents do. They are frank about the complexities of modern business and acknowledge the shortcomings and the advantages of both Agile and traditional methods. Their DAD framework is customisable with excellent advice and practical examples on how to implement it in the real world. They readily acknowledge that 'one size does NOT fit all' and that the same goes for Agile. It's clear they speak from years of experience and are experts in this domain.
If you want a book that describes both principles and practices, gives you guidance, options and suggestions without evangelistic and dogmatic decrees, then this is the book for you. It covers software delivery in an end to end fashion and will find a permanent place on my virtual bookcase.
Ambler and Lines, in this new book, close the gap found by the critics and present a practical structured approach to agile projects that gives the predictability and control required by governance frameworks, while still allowing the team to be responsive to change within the framework. It is a reasonable balance between the two competing priorities.
I found the book to be easy to read, well-structured, methodical, and enlightening. With the authors' experiences running or coaching agile teams in large corporate environments around the world, the book addresses the most common barriers experienced by teams trying agile for the first time in a large organization. All-in-all, it was a VERY GOOD investment of my time and money.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to everyone -- whether new to agile, or an experienced practitioner -- who wants to know how to make agile work in complex organizations.