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15 Fundamentals for Higher Performance in Software Development: Includes discussions on CMMI, Lean Six Sigma, Agile and SEMAT's Essence Framework Paperback – July 15, 2014
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About the Author
Paul E. McMahon (email@example.com), Principal, PEM Systems (www.pemsystems.com) has been an independent consultant since 1997 helping organizations increase agility and process maturity. He has taught software engineering at Binghamton University, conducted workshops on engineering processes and management and has published more than 45 articles and multiple books including "Integrating CMMI and Agile Development: Case Studies and Proven Techniques for Faster Performance Improvement." Paul is a co-author of "The Essence of Software Engineering: Applying the SEMAT Kernel." Paul is a Certified Scrum Master and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. His insights reflect 24 years of experience working for companies such as Link Simulation and Lockheed Martin, and 17 years of consulting/coaching experience. Paul has been a leader in the SEMAT initiative since its initial meeting in Zurich in 2010.
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Another aspect I particularly like about this book is how Paul presents his 15 fundamentals with rationale that is hard to disagree with, and – more importantly-- he explains why many organizations fail over and over to follow these fundamentals even when they know they work. This all sets the stage for a new kind of framework that requires you to think differently about software development and creates the vision for that framework without telling you the detailed implementation. In Part III of the book he does presents a framework that meets the vision and that is the Essence framework.
Whether you care about CMMI, Six Sigma, Lean, Agile, Kanban, Essence or any other improvement framework, this book will give you an objective look at where the software community is today and why the approaches many organizations have been taking to date have failed at achieving the high performance promised payback. It will also give you insights into how the Essence framework will help your own personal performance as well as your organization’s performance.